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Mark Fredrick Farner (born September 29, 1948 in Flint, Michiganmarker) is an Americanmarker singer, guitarist and songwriter, best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, and later as a Contemporary Christian Musician.

Early life and career

Farner began his career in music by playing in Terry Knight and The Pack (1965-1966), The Bossmen (1966), The Pack (aka The Fabulous Pack) (1967-1968), before forming Grand Funk Railroad (later called Grand Funk) with Don Brewer and Mel Schacher in 1969.

With Grand Funk

Farner was the guitarist and lead singer for Grand Funk Railroad as well as the songwriter for most of their material. His best known composition is the 1970 epic "I'm Your Captain ".

Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" reached #1 on the Hot 100 on Mark's 25th birthday.

Post-Grand Funk

After Grand Funk disbanded in 1977, Farner released his first self titled solo album. In 1978, Farner released his second solo album, No Frills. In 1981, Grand Funk reunited and recorded two albums, Grand Funk Lives and What's Funk?. Farner went solo again with 1988's Just Another Injustice on Frontline Records. His third Frontline release was 1991's Some Kind of Wonderful, which featured a revamped version of the Grand Funk classic of the same name. Farner enjoyed success with the John Beland composition "Isn't it Amazing", which earned him a Dove Award nomination and reached #2 on the Christian Contemporary charts.

In the 1990s, Farner formed Lismark Communications with former Freedom Reader editor Steve Lisuk. Soon after, Farner began reissuing his solo albums on his own record label, LisMark Records.

Farner toured with Ringo Starr's Allstars from 1994 to 1995, which also featured Randy Bachman, John Entwistle, Felix Cavaliere, Billy Preston, and Starr's son, Zak Starkey.

In the late 1990s, Farner reunited with Grand Funk, but left after three years to resume his solo career. He currently tours with his band, N'rG, which plays a mixture of Grand Funk songs and Farner's solo offerings.

Other interests

Farner was honoured with the Lakota Sioux Elders Honor Mark in 1999. During the concert in Hankinsonmarker, North Dakotamarker, a special presentation was held honoring Mark's Native ancestry and his contributions. Members of the Lakota Nation presented him with a hand-made ceremonial quilt. He has also been honoured with the Cherokee Medal of Honor by the Cherokee Honor Society.

An authorized biography of Farner, entitled From Grand Funk to Grace, was published by Collectors Guide Publishing in Canadamarker


  • Mark Farner, 1978
  • No Frills, 1979
  • Just Another Injustice, 1988
  • Wake Up, 1989
  • Some Kind of Wonderful, 1991
  • Closer to Home, 1992
  • Heirlooms, 2000
  • Red White and Blue Forever, 2002
  • Live!! N'rG, 2003
  • For The People, 2006


  1. ::Mark Farners Official Website::
  2. From Grand Funk to Grace: Authorized Biography of Mark Farner, Kristofer Engelhardt, Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc.; December 1, 2001, ISBN 1896522742, ISBN 978-1896522746

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