40 Bold & Motivational Mark McGrath Quotes

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Which are your favorite Mark McGrath quotes?

Mark McGrath is an American singer and TV host. He is most famously known for being the lead singer of the renowned rock band ‘Sugar Ray’.

Over the course of his music career, McGrath along with his bandmate have collaborated with a number of well-respected artists including ‘Everclear’, ‘Smash Mouth’, and ‘The Smashing Pumpkins’. He has also earned widespread recognition after successfully being on the cover of the famous magazines ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘Spin’.

McGrath has ventured into the entertainment industry as well. As a TV personality, he co-host the American TV program ‘Extra’ and the popular sing-along game show ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics!’.

We’ve put together this collection of the best Mark McGrath quotes:


40 Bold & Motivational Mark McGrath Quotes

1. “I mean, I’m going to piss some people off, but it’s like hearing “Sweet Child O’ Mine”: When you hear Fly’s riff—“do, do, do, do, do”—that riff is so iconic. And as long as Rodney’s still part of the team we were going to be in good shape.” – Mark McGrath

2. “I’m not a fighter, but I would love to be a boxer because I love the courage and toughness. I mean, there can be nothing more terrifying than walking into an arena and looking at Mike Tyson in the ring.” – Mark McGrath

3. “None of the original love and feel for going on stage is gone. I’m not a true singer. I’m performer, and I need to be on stage.” – Mark McGrath

4. “I don’t know. I never had a plan. Being a songwriter, first and foremost, I always recorded the best song I could find, and when I say best song I mean a song that would be commercial and would sell in the market.” – Mark McGrath

5. “I can answer anything about any American pop culture song ever.” – Mark McGrath

6. “I’ve always tried to figure out what was the most commercial way to present my work.” – Mark McGrath

7. “As a performer, I want to hit the last row of the arena. I want to make big moves. I’m a spaz, naturally.” – Mark McGrath

8. “Acting is something where you have to completely remove yourself. So, do I find acting easy? Absolutely no! Do I want to do more of it? Do I enjoy doing it? Do I feel appreciative to get this opportunity? Absolutely!” – Mark McGrath

9. “I mean, The Streak is forty years old and I did it the other night on the Grand Ole Opry. People were just jumping up and down. They were so glad to hear that song. Some of the old comedy songs are really hanging in there. They’re really holding up.” – Mark McGrath


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10. “The internet is what made it happen as we all know. Change is inevitable, let’s face it.” – Mark McGrath


11. “You know, I’m not real tall. I’m 6’0, 6’½, but I think people think I’m shorter than I am because I’m not the most muscular cat in the world.” – Mark McGrath

12. “The scary thing is that this band was founded in 1988, and back then it was Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns and, like, ‘What chick am I gonna be with tonight?’ – it was that mentality, you know, around a keg.” – Mark McGrath

13. “You know how it is with drawers and labels in the music business. They don’t want anything to be complicated. They just want it simple, as simple as possible.” – Mark McGrath

14. “Acting is about listening, and that’s something that took me a while. You almost don’t have to learn your lines, if you listen to what they’re saying and move it along.” – Mark McGrath

15. “When I go to karaoke, I’m still the worst guy there.” – Mark McGrath

16. “A lot of movies go direct to DVD and then, I think, if they do well they may book them in theaters but I’m not sure how that works. As I said, I’m new to the movie business. We’ll see what happens.” – Mark McGrath

17. “People love to watch their music as well as listen to it, ever since they came out with the VHS machine and then the DVD player.” – Mark McGrath

18. “I’m real proud of the album. I did a lot of old gospel songs, old standards that people like to hear and I did them in a new, fresh way, I think and really produced it as well as I could with strings and the whole nine yards.” – Mark McGrath

19. “I want to produce a concert with Suzi and videotape it and see what we can come up with.” – Mark McGrath


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20. “As a lead singer, all I want to do is be in my own head and think about how great I am. That’s a lead singer’s disease.” – Mark McGrath


21. “You might be feeling sick or a little down, but the second you hit the stage and hear the crowd, you’re ready to perform. That’s what a true performer is.” – Mark McGrath

22. “I’m a huge boxing fan. I love the strategy and the combat.” – Mark McGrath

23. “We spread our wings a little bit on the song “Fly,” no pun intended. And we came up with a song that really worked. And, careful what you ask for, now we have this song that exploded across multiple genres and was one of the biggest songs of the nineties and we were lucky to follow up on subsequent albums.” – Mark McGrath

24. “Whether it’s five people or 50,000 people, I always love to perform and feel very blessed that I’m able to do that.” – Mark McGrath

25. “I think I might get the band back together and go out in the fairly near future. I don’t know exactly when but I’ve got some more little projects to put to bed here and then I’ll be seriously considering that.” – Mark McGrath

26. “You can make low-budget film as long as there is something compelling about the characters. There is a believability in the chemistry and a likeability amongst the characters.” – Mark McGrath

27. “When you become a commodity to a record label because you’re making them millions of dollars, you can take all of your artistic integrity and throw it out the window.” – Mark McGrath

28. “If it was a comedy song, great. If it wasn’t, also great. I would just cut the best song I could find.” – Mark McGrath

29. “Of course, we wrote the songs accordingly and performed and recorded them that way. At that time, we really thought it was right, but you know, seen in retrospect, it made the album sound forced, and not really great.” – Mark McGrath


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30. “I love to perform. I’ve never lost the urge. I’ve never once been on stage when I didn’t want to be.” – Mark McGrath


31. “Today they’re praising you sky high, place you on a pedestal, and tomorrow they don’t want to know you.” – Mark McGrath

32. “I had a pop hit with a gospel song a number of years called Turn Your Radio On. I put out an album of songs with that but ever since then I’ve wanted to do another gospel album, so I finally got time and went into the studio to record 24 gospel songs.” – Mark McGrath

33. “With acting, there are a lot of subtleties and non-verbals involved. If someone is over there, getting eaten by a shark, there’s a non-verbal way of how to act that. There’s a certain nuance to acting that does not come intuitively to me. It’s something I still have to learn.” – Mark McGrath

34. “I loved the Beach Boys and I loved Christopher Cross. I also loved Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Sex Pistols. Now, when you can’t really play music and you can’t sing, you’re going to gravitate to one sort of genre more than another one.” – Mark McGrath

35. “I’m that crazy-ass drunk uncle that nobody wants to invite to the holidays and birthdays.” – Mark McGrath

36. “I’ve been around a long time and maybe my longevity is due to the fact that people, contrary to popular belief, remember the comedy songs just as much or maybe more so than a serious song.” – Mark McGrath

37. “My camping buddy is Tom Lester who was Ebb on Green Acres. Victoria Jackson is in the movie along with Donny Most from Happy Days.” – Mark McGrath

38. “I never really thought we’d fitted into the cross-over drawer. But I think the real Sugar Ray fans did like us because we always had variety and because we experimented a lot.” – Mark McGrath

39. “But there’s a big market out there for video, especially with YouTube and all those outlets and I just feel like that’s the way to go, at this time anyway.” – Mark McGrath

40. “You get better as musicians. When we started out, I loved the Beatles.” – Mark McGrath



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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