Grambling alumna a trailblazer for Blacks in the country music industry

It’s been some time since country singer/songwriter Miko Marks walked the halls of Woodson, stood in that long line in the cafeteria or partied all night long on "the yard". My how time does fly! Fortunately for us, Homecoming 2006 is near and we will all soon witness Miko’s return.

If you don’t already know, Miko Marks is a proud Grambling State Alumni as well as an authentic Country music trail blazer on the brink of music history.

This year alone, her unique journey has been documented all across the nation on television news networks such as FOX, ABC and NBC. She’s also been a featured topic in Ebony, Today’s BlackWoman, Sister2Sister, and Black Hair magazine, just to name a few.

So, why is it that everyone is so excited about Miko Marks? Well, it’s possibly because she is the first African American woman to ever have had any measurable success or impact in the seemingly "exclusive world" of American Country Music. Then again, maybe it’s because of her highly praised debut CD, "Freeway Bound" that’s currently spinning in over 18 countries and 33 states nationwide.

However, I think it’s because the formerly crowned Ms. Talent of Grambling State U. has a voice and style that is extremely rich and all her own. Consequently, all the fanfair is very understandable and it’s safe to say that the excitement is just revving up for this beautiful Tigress.

A rare gem in today’s music industry, Miko Marks has style and substance!

Her recent nomination by New Music Weekly magazine as Best New Country Artist 2006, is factual proof that the world is taking notice. Her debut music video "Mama" featuring another multi-talented Grambling Alum, Grammy Award Winner, Erykah Badu can be viewed on CMT, VH1 and at Miko’s Web site. The video hailed as "a classic and one for the history books", by The Oakland International Film Festival is superb!

No stranger to the big stage, Miko has toured the country from California to Washington D.C with the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, which is the nation’s only touring black rodeo. She recently returned from performing in the Nation’s capital where she sang on The Mall for over 300,000 at the 21st Annual National Black Family Reunion. She received a standing ovation in Nashville at this years CMA Music Fest. and is repeatedly cheered on by African Americans everywhere who are now being reawakened to their roots in country music.

No doubt, Homecoming 2006 will once again find Miko Marks back at home amongst family. "I am so honored to be coming back to a place where I have so many cherished memories", states Miko. Ms. Marks will be performing at the Quarterbacks Club Luncheon and The Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. She will also be singing the national anthem during the opening ceremonies of the big game on Saturday.

So when you see Miko Marks on campus, make sure to welcome her back with an open mind as well as open arms! She is one of our own and a shining star to say the least.

To learn more about Miko Marks and support her nomination for Best New Country Artist of 2006, be sure to log onto www.mikomarks.com and you will be directed to a link where you can cast your vote for the incomparable and undeniable, "SOUL of Country".