Mark Foster, Biography, Net Worth, Wife, Foster the People

May 01, 2020
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Beneath the catchy song, Pumped Up Kicks lies a dark message on mental health and gun control. Click to find out more from singer-songwriter Mark Foster.

Ensconced in catchy tune and funky beat, the song Pumped Up Kicks embodies Mark Foster’s prolific musical talent. He wrote and played each instrument in the song, his falsetto reminiscent of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine

The beat to the song inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s hit song, Dreams, kicked off Foster the People’s place in the music industry. Billboard chose it among the 100 songs that defined the decade.   

Perhaps only few people know that the song they’ve swayed or bobbed their heads to holds an implicit message on gun control, bullying and mental health. 

QUICK FACTS 

Full Name Mark Derek Foster 
Professional Name Mark Foster
Age 36yo
Date of Birth 29 February 1984
Place of Birth San Jose, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75m)
Ethnicity German, English, Irish, distant Welsh
Lives in California
Hair Color Black
Eye color Dark Brown
Profession Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Education Nordonia High School 
Relationship status Married 
Wife Julia Garner
Father Daniel
Mother  Kathleen 
Associated Acts Foster the People, Jena Malone, Kimbra, Madeon, The Knocks
Zodiac Sign  Pisces
Net worth $5M
Hobbies Travelling
Social media Presence Fosterthepeople.com

https://www.instagram.com/markfoster/

https://twitter.com/fosterthepeople

https://www.instagram.com/fosterthepeople/

https://twitter.com/mistersmims

Spotify

Deezer

Amazon

Albums Torches (2011) Supermodel (2014) Sacred Hearts Club (2017)
Awards New Artists of the Year, SharkOne Awards (2011)

Song of the Year, WEQX Awards (2011)

Top Rock Song, Billboard Music Awards (2012) 

Best Director of a Band & Best Computer Effects, MVP Awards (2013)

Top 40 Group of the Year, New Music Awards (2019, pending)

Trivia He struggled with drug addiction in his 20s.

Mark Foster Net Worth

Estimated Net Worth 2020 $5M
How Much Did Mark Foster Earn Last year? $ 1M
What are Mark Foster’s  Income Sources? Concerts, Shows, Musical Scoring
How Much Does Mark Foster Earn from concerts and shows? $1M
How Much Does Mark Foster Earn From Musical scoring? $100K

In 2013, Mark Foster bought a $2.1 million property in Hollywood Hills from famous soap opera actor Maurice Benard, according to Variety.com.

With over 52,000 square foot of land, the property had been on sale since September 2008 for $3.6 million and again late last year for $2.4 million, it further stated. 

The home has 4,637 square feet of living space and breathtaking scenery. It boasts of three bedrooms and three bathrooms. A library and sitting area with tile-floored spacious family room, wall-to-wall windows, wood floors and pitched beam ceilings complete the two-storey house.  

The house also features a private screening room, a gym and a massive deck. 

From the looks of it, Mark Foster can host a mini-concert in his sprawling property. 

Mark Foster Family 

Mark Foster’s parents are Daniel and Kathleen. He was an only child born in California but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. 

His maternal grandfather was born in Bolivia to American parents. Mark’s great maternal grandparents were Germans who had settled in Pennsylvania.   

Mark has a tattoo of boxing gloves to honor his grandfather, who was a boxer. He owes his father for encouraging him to pursue his dreams.  

Mark Foster Early Life

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Foster played the drums, guitar, and piano as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus. As a teen, he played in garage bands.

In an interview, Foster said he started going to music shows at age 13 to see local bands play. He said it was a pleasant feeling to have a “family” in the local music scene, as he did not feel he had a “family at school”. 

He later played in a hardcore band and was having gigs in Cleveland’s happening bars such as Peabody’s, Phantasy and The Pit. 

Mark Foster Education

He graduated from Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio and upon his father’s advice, moved to Sylmar, California to pursue his musical career. 

In California, he lived with an uncle but was struggling to break through the industry for several years.

Mark Foster Early Career

For the next eight years, Foster was the epitome of a starving artist and worked odd jobs- painting houses, telemarketing, bartending and waiting tables to develop his network. 

At 22, an opportunity to work at Aftermath Entertainment, Dr. Dre‘s record label, gave Foster a glimmer of hope for a solo career, but the deal did not materialize.

He then wrote songs and scores for film and television projects for comedian Andy Dick for about seven years.

Foster also worked as a music producer, producing songs for bands like Frodad and The Rondo Brothers, among others. In 2008, he wrote commercial jingles for Mophonics—a company that writes and produces music.

Solo Songs by Mark Foster 

Before making it big with Foster the People, Mark released a nine- track solo album, in 2009. It included songs for Foster’s friends; Downtown, dedicated to the late Brad Renfro, who died of drug overdose, and Ballad of Andy for Andy Dick, who Mark worked with for several years.   

Another song called “Polartropic (You Don’t Understand Me)” was featured in the soundtrack of the 2012 animated film Frankenweenie

Foster The People

In 2009, Foster finally had success in forming a band along with his two friends, Mark Pontius (drummer) and Jacob Cubbie” Fink (bassist). A CNN interview revealed they were all aspiring musicians who worked odd jobs while waiting for a break.

“Foster and the People” was the band’s original name but many of their friends mistook it as “Foster the People”, so the band stuck to the name. 

The band has since released three studio albums: Torches in 2011, Supermodel in 2014, and Sacred Hearts Club in 2017

Pumped Up Kicks 

Foster wrote and recorded the song in five hours, which later became the band’s first song. He released it online in 2010 and received favorable feedback, making its way to television shows like Entourage and advertising campaigns for Nylon and other companies. Because of the song’s increasing popularity, Columbia Records signed the band in the same year.

The song eventually peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 within September to October 2011. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in February 2012.

Mark Foster’s Song About Gun Control and Mental Health 

Worried about the increasing mental health issues among teens, and the increasing incidents of mass shootings impelled Foster to write the lyrics for Pumped Up Kicks. The song’s chorus is a glaring warning to the victims: ‘better run, better run, faster than my bullet’.

In an interview, Foster admitted being bullied in high school and bassist Jacob Fink’s cousin was a survivor of the Columbine School shooting in 1999. 

Sandy Hook School Shooting 

The song became controversial just weeks after topping the BillBoard Hot 100, when  the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened. This prompted radio stations to stop playing the song temporarily, while MTV bleeped the words “gun” and “bullet” from the chorus.

The shooter, Adam Lanza, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome who, in his teens, suffered from depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. According to the Office of the Child Advocate report, Lanza’s preoccupation with violence and access to deadly weapons proved a “recipe for mass murder”. 

Mark Foster Wife

Before 2019 came to a close, Mark Foster wed Ozark actress Julia Garner. Foster’s Instagram account showed the couple sitting in a cab with the location marked New York City Hall. Foster posted a ring emoji in the said post.          

Garner, 10 years younger, stars in Netflix- based crime drama Ozark, where she won an award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019. Accepting the award, Garner thanked Foster, calling him “the love of my life.”     

No public announcement was made, but rumors circulated that Foster proposed to Garner in May 2019 while the two were in Yellowstone National Park.

Foster the People With Other Artists

His major influences include The Beach Boys and in 2012 Grammy Awards, Foster the People performed with them, along with Maroon 5.    

The band played in Dublin, Ireland in 2012 where they met and spent the evening at U2 frontman Bono’s house to hang out and talk about music, art and poetry.   

Mark Foster Apologizes to Imagine Dragons

In 2019, Mark apologized to Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons on Twitter saying: “I would like to apologize to Dan Reynolds and his band Imagine Dragons. In a passing moment last year, I let some words come out of my mouth that don’t reflect who I am, or what I stand for.”  

The apology came following a 2018 interview in which Foster joked that he and his bandmates gave all their subpar material left on the cutting-room floor to Imagine Dragons.      

Foster the People: Band Tours, Songs

The band continues to tour worldwide and their audio CD albums are available on Amazon

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