Mark McGrath performing at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on Oct. 11, 2009
|Birth name||Mark Sayers McGrath|
|Born||March 15, 1968
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Origin||Newport Beach, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative rock, Pop rock, Punk rock, Alternative metal|
|Occupations||Musician, Singer, Television host|
|Associated acts||Sugar Ray, The Wondergirls|
He was born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Newport Beach, California. He graduated from Corona del Mar High School. He went on to graduate with a major in Business Communication at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business in 1990. He worked as a truck driver before becoming successful in the music industry.
McGrath began singing professionally in 1992 with a band composed of his high school friends called Shrinky Dinx (later changed to Sugar Ray). In 1994 the band signed with Atlantic Records. Their first success came in 1997 with the song "Fly". (for more information see: Sugar Ray).
McGrath's personal popularity soared as he appeared on national magazine covers such as Rolling Stone and Spin. He also made numerous appearances on MTV, VH1, and various talk and awards shows. People magazine named him the "Sexiest Rocker" of 1998. In 1999 McGrath was a member of the short-lived side project The Wondergirls that included Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.
McGrath contributed the track "Reaching Out" on Strait Up, a tribute album to late vocalist Lynn Strait for whom he has a dedication tattoo to memorialize. He appeared in the video of "Angel's Son," another song written for the album (by Sevendust) and performed with the band during their appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
McGrath began his work as co-host of the Extra television show on September 13, 2004 after a producer had noticed his work hosting various VH1 and MTV programs and asked him to join. McGrath left the show in July 2008 to focus on his music career. He also served as a guest judge for American Idol auditions that were aired in early 2005. McGrath received the part of Dex Lawson on The WB show Charmed in 2005, but he ultimately turned it down due to scheduling conflicts, and he was replaced by Jason Lewis.
McGrath was the host of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. and The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.
Mark has made numerous guest appearance including Las Vegas, North Shore and Law and Order: SVU.
McGrath has made appearances in several films including Scooby-Doo, Father's Day and Uptown Girls.
His relationship with long-time girlfriend Natali will soon be documented in an upcoming VH1 reality show.