Award-winning performance set for Saturday

Published 8:51 pm Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is inviting the community to join renowned singer and songwriter Mark Schultz for a fun, emotional evening of music and stories on Saturday.

Mark Schultz will perform Saturday at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, located at 110 W. Finney Ave. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Schultz will be the headliner for the event, preceded by a performance by Daniel Heffington.

Schultz is a self-taught pianist and youth pastor who started his career in 2000 and is now a platinum-selling, Dove award-winning artist that’s considered one of Christian Music Today’s Top Male Vocalists, according to a press release.

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His new album “Christmas” has been No. 1 for 12 out of the past 13 weeks on the Parable Retail Charts, according to the press release, as his Contemporary Christian genre of music continues to resonate with audiences.

“I just realized that if I write a song about something I know about, about my life, I’m kind of taking something from my real life, turning it into art and handing it back to people,” Schultz said in a phone interview Tuesday. “That’s really cool. People can recognize themselves in the songs, because it’s real and it resonates.”

Fan favorite songs include “He’s My Son,” “I Have Been There,” and “Letters From War,” the last of which was inspired by the letters Schultz’s grandfather wrote to Schultz’s great-grandmother, when he was serving overseas during World War II.

“We visit a lot of bases around the country and overseas, helping to encourage troops overseas,” Schultz said.

Schultz and his wife are also very passionate about the “Remember Me Mission,” a nonprofit they started in 2011 that’s dedicated to helping orphans all over the world.

“It’s like I get to be part of something bigger,” Schultz said, “by giving back to help orphans, and the music that I do — the songs that I write — is really the vehicle that helps me raise awareness for kids all over the world that are in need.”

Attendees on Saturday can expect a stirring experience with Schultz playing on the piano — but also some humor, with stories that will connect the award-winning singer to the Suffolk community.

“My songs can be very deep and heartfelt, but the stories between the songs are hilarious. We’re laughing, we’re crying, we’re having all the feels. It’s pretty fun,” Schultz said.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Suffolk Center, 110 W. Finney Ave. Tickets for the concert are $25, $30 and $35, and all tickets cost $5 more on the day of the event.

Additionally, patrons can write their own letters to the military in honor of the hit song “Letters From War.” According to an email from Suffolk Center Marketing Manager D’Arcy Weiss, the Suffolk Center is working with the “Compassion Cards” organization to have blank cards that guests can share “whatever they feel led to write to our men and women serving in the military.”

“These Compassion Cards will be sent to an organization that will disperse the cards to military personnel,” according to Weiss.

For more information on Compassion Cards, visit, or visit for more information on the concert. The Plaid Turnip will also be open at the Suffolk Center on Saturday for pre-show dinners, according to Weiss.