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This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (July 2010) Mark Balderas Background information Birth name Mark Henry Balderas Born September 10, 1959 (1959-09-10) (age 51) Origin Encino, California, U.S. Genres Rock, Alternative rock, Gothic rock Occupations Keyboardist, Background Vocalist Years active 1983 - Present Labels RCA Records Projekt Records Triple X Records Noise Kontrol (Mexico) Opcion Sonica (Mexico) Associated acts Human Drama, Newsbreak, The Spectres, The Congregation Mark Henry Balderas, born September 10, 1959 in Encino, California, was the keyboard player for the rock band Human Drama[1] from 1986 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 2005. Contents 1 Early life 2 Musical career 3 References 4 External links // Early life Balderas was raised in West Hills, California, by Elisa Balderas, a housewife, and Henry Balderas, a manufacturer's representative in the electronics industry. He attended El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California, where he played varsity American football. He went on to earn a Associates of Arts Degree at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, in 1980, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree at California State University, Northridge, in 1982, majoring in Radio-Television-Film. Musical career Balderas started playing keyboards in Los Angeles with the band Newsbreak in 1983. The following year, he joined The Spectres. While playing with The Spectres in 1986, he auditioned for New Orleans, Louisiana, based Human Drama and became their keyboard player soon after. Human Drama contributed a song, "Wave of Darkness", to the 1987 collection Scream: The Compilation on Geffen Records. A record deal with RCA Records in 1988 led to the EP "Hopes Prayers Dreams Heart Soul Mind Love Life Death" recorded in Wales and the LP Feel, both produced by Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds. In mid-1990, after recording the single "This Tangled Web" from the critically acclaimed album The World Inside on Triple X Records, Balderas left the group to team up with keyboard player James Osborn to start recording a collection of traditional Christmas songs which they arranged and produced using keyboard orchestration. Their waltz version of the classic "What Child is This" was released in 1995 on the compilation Excelsis Vol.1: A Dark Noel on Projekt Records[2]. In 1991, Balderas joined up with Human Drama guitarist Michael Ciravolo’s new band The Congregation. In 1993, with the release of Human Drama’s fourth album "Pinups" on Triple X Records, Balderas returned, this time for good. In 1994, Human Drama released the EP Human Drama on Projekt Records which included the first of five instrumentals songs, "Solitude I", written by Balderas. He also re-arranged "The Waiting Hour" from Feel with piano, strings and flute. The following year, Human Drama released Songs of Betrayal where Balderas added the remaining four instrumental songs "Solitude II-V". In 1996, Human Drama released Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred Eighty Four Days Later, a live, career-spanning retrospective released both on Hollow Hills/Triple X Records and the Mexican Opcion Sonica label. In 1997, Balderas recorded piano on Michael Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel album Love Lies Bleeding[3] on Triple X Records. He then co-wrote, with Johnny Indovina, the popular "A Single White Rose" for the next Human Drama album Solemn Sun Setting in 1998 on Triple X Records and in 2000, Human Drama released The Best of Human Drama...In a Perfect World on Triple X Records. In 2002, Human Drama released their final album, Cause and Effect, both on Projekt Records and, in Latin America, Noise Kontrol Records. Human Drama continued to perform live throughout America and Mexico until January 2005. In 2008, Human Drama re-released "Feel" on Triple X-Hollow Hills Records with 6 bonus tracks. References ^ "Human Drama Cause and Effect CD". CD Universe. http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/5685627/a/Cause+And+Effect.htm. Retrieved 29 July 2010.  ^ "Various Artists". Projekt. http://www.projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?sku=PRO00062. Retrieved 29 July 2010.  ^ "Mark Balderas". discogs.com. http://www.discogs.com/artist/Mark+Balderas. Retrieved 29 July 2010.  External links Human Drama's Official Site v • d • e Human Drama Johnny Indovina | Mark Balderas | Michael Ciravolo | Mike Mallory | CJ Ericksson | Steve Fuxan | pt:Carlo Bartolini Studio albums Feel | The World Inside | Pinups | Human Drama | Songs of Betrayal | Songs of Betrayal Part One | Songs of Betrayal Part Two | Solemn Sun Setting | Cause and Effect Live albums Fourteen Thousand Three Hundred Eighty Four Days Later Solo albums Momento's En El Tiempo | Moments in Time Best of The Best of Human Drama...In a Perfect World EPs Hopes Prayers Dreams Heart Soul Mind Love Life Death Singles This Tangled Web / Times Square | Fascination and Fear / Fading Away | Heroin / Never Never Videos The World Inside Video Collection Related articles Johnny Indovina | Sound Of The Blue Heart | Mark Balderas | Projekt Records Categories Human Drama | Human Drama Albums | Human Drama Songs Persondata Name Balderas, Mark Alternative names Short description Date of birth September 10, 1959 Place of birth Date of death Place of death