Mark J. has been performing spoken word poetry, singing, and leading worship over 15 years. His art has been featured on K-LOVE Radio and Air1 Radio's Dare to Dream. He has opened for artists like Deitrick Haddon, The Katinas, Israel Houghton, Matthew West, Propaganda, Israel Houghton, Manafest and more! He performed main stage at Joshua Fest in Nor Cal, Grace Fest in So Cal, Urban Youth Workers Institute, and High Voltage Festival in Oregon. He was also featured live on JUCE TV (a network under TBN).
His heart for worship is evident and his spoken word poetry is unique and captivating.
He speaks out boldly on the dangers pornography and leads an online group with xxxChurch.com
Mark was amazing. He was exactly what our youth needed. Everyone was able to relate to his message and his words. He has such a gift that we all wished he could have gone longer. Can't wait to have him back.
It was such a joy and a pleasure to have Mark J. The Poet come and bless our students (Middle School - High School). He led us in a time of worship and it was great to listen to his spoken word. He was interactive and our students had a blast participating!
Mark J lead worship for a men's retreat at Mt Hope Binle Camp and we could not have asked for more. He wend above and beyond what he was expected to. Music was world class as well as the spoken word. Very friendly and easy to work with. Most importantly, this man loves God and will truly lead your group in deep, genuine worship. Thanks for everything Mark J. I will definitely be working with Mark in the future and you should too.
Response from Mark J. The Poet:
Definitely a pleasure! You guys are full of God's love and I look forward to coming out again in the future!
Mark was wonderful to work with. He was very patient with are lack of experience. This was are first show and Mark filled it in beautifully. We can’t wait for the next time to have him!! Thank you so much Mark, for helping us spend the love of Christ Jesus!
Mark did a great job going to bring him back for other events!
So so talented and anointed!!!!!!
Great performance overall, excellent talent!
Response from Mark J. The Poet:
Love the vibe and ministry at The Arena! Hope to see you guys again soon :)
I hired brother mark for my 50th birthday party. He was a blessing to me and my family and my guest. When he began to worship God with gladness and joyful song at that moment we we're able to experience heaven here on earth. Highly recommended.
He always engages the audience. His messages are always powerful and relevant and comes from the heart.
Mark J Ornelas brings a well prepared presentation to every stage every time. His uniqueness is evident in that he packages his sets to fit the specific engagement. Mark's passion for truth, discipline for crafting his words, and quest for communicating to the hearts of people and their society, has put him in the fore-front of performers and ministers of this genre.
My church has had pastor Mark out several times to lead worship from weekend services, conferences, to special events. He always does an amazing job leading us in worship. His heart spills as he worships God with such a great passion that it becomes a very contagious-free atmosphere. I HIGHLY recommend him whether he joins your team and leads or leads solo.
I have heard Mark speak on many occasions and I have always been impressed with his passion and incredible talent. He isn't just a poet, he's an encourager who inspires and challenges the heart. Let Mark speak into your life and you won't regret it.
Just Amazing! Mark ministered at my sisters funeral with song/keyboard and the presence of God was established so powerful bringing comfort to all our hearts. Upon my sisters last breath, she lifted her hand out to reach for Jesus the most beatiful thing I ever saw. God instantly spoke to my heart... she has seen My Glory. God used Mark as he ministered that song "Show me your Glory" at her funeral bringing such peace and comfort to all our hearts. "Like honey out of a Rock". Thank you Mark, forever grateful.
He comes up with some of the most creative lines in his spoken word! Kinda like going to a restaurant with a chef that arranges ingredients in such a way that you think, "wow! I didn't know that would taste good." Definitely a must have.
I have been to Many events where Mark has performed over the past 10 years. His spoken words are always relevant, convicting, and anointed. The views and perspectives in his spoken word are always unique and cleverly crafted. The content in his poems inspires me at times and other times challenges my faith in areas in my life I would of never considered.
Price Range: $350 and up
Gig Length: 5 - 60 minutes
Website: Visit website
What to Expect
You can expect a spoken word performance that will move the heart of your audience. Mark J's unique use of wordplay will inspire, encourage, and present a relevant message in a unique and refreshing way.
As a musician, you can expect his passion and vocal abilities to uplift hearers. His sound can be compared to artists like Jonathan Mcreynolds, Mat Kearney, Royal Tailor, and Housefires.
If you are hiring Mark J. as a worship leader, you'll quickly notice He loves Christ and, more than his great voice, His love for God will inspire others to worship as well.
Mark J. is a spoken word poet/worship leader and musician from Sacramento, CA. He started his musical career as young as age 9 when his older brother taught him to rap. He then gained experience during his pre-teen and teen years performing local shows as a member of a hip-hop group consisting of his brother and cousins. He soon discovered he had a gift for singing and then started learning to play guitar and piano on his own.
15 years later he now leads worship, performs spoken word, and speaks boldly on the affects of pornography and how he has found freedom. His influence is now reaching all across the world.
His heart is motivated to reach out to people, young and old, sharing a
message of freedom from porn addiction. He has been able to work with and
lead thousands on a road to freedom and healing. Mark J. leads an online group with xxxchurch.com.
Mark J. was a featured artist at Joshua Fest alongside artists like Skillet and Manafest and has
ministered through spoken word in partnership with K-LOVE Radio and Air1's
Dare to Dream school assemblies - this program reaches schools all over the
He serves by singing and leading worship at his local church, Bayside Midtown, in
Sacramento, CA. He is happily married and enjoys being a father to two precious daughters.
Additional Booking Notes
Mark J's set typically includes a simple setup. He asks that a mic with a boom stand and direct box be provided for his acoustic guitar. That's all! He likes to perform under a spotlight or with lighting that is similar to dim theater.
Past Booked Events
|February 17, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Worship Service|
|October 13, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Concert|
|July 31, 2017–August 01, 2017 • 4:00pm - 4:00am||Worship Service|
|June 07, 2017 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Religious Celebration|
|May 12, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|December 31, 2016 • 7:30pm - 8:00pm||Campus Event|
Influences & Inspiration
Boys 2 Men
Ezekiel (the poet)
Mic stand with boom arm