Mark McGrath Says Country Music Is ‘Where Pop Stars Go to Die’
Mark McGrath rose to fame as the front man of the rock band Sugar Ray in the '90s. The singer-songwriter also recorded a pop version of Shania Twain's hit, 'Party for Two,' with her in 2004, for her 'Greatest Hits' album, but he says that he has no plans to ever carve out a career for himself in country music.
"It seems that's where all pop stars go to die," he tells Broadway at Country 92.5. "That might be my only foray into country. You're talking about a beach boy from Newport Beach, so I think that they'd see that the fraud was in if I went to Nashville."
Still, McGrath says he thinks country artists get a bad rap, and deserve more respect in the music industry.
"Country isn't like country anymore," he notes. "Look at Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, all these guys. Look at the cover of Rolling Stone right now. It's the country issue. People still have this [idea] they've got hay in their mouth, and they're down at a country hayride. It's a big business. It's Faith Hill. It's Tim McGraw. It's America."
The 46-year-old has been close friends with Kid Rock for a long time, and he recounts one funny episode with the rock and country superstar.
"I have so many stories about Kid Rock," he says. "We just did the Kid Rock Cruise a couple months ago, and he had us on there. I'm like, 'Oh, it's been a few years. I'm sure he's calmed down in the partying and blah blah blah. I go up to his suite, and there's five strippers falling out of the door. He's in there serenading everybody with his guitar. I go, 'Bob, I love you, man. You'll never change.'"
McGrath was on Season 4 of 'Celebrity Apprentice,' along with John Rich, who was declared the winner. He is currently serving as the host of the TV game show, 'Killer Karaoke,' and will also appear in 'Sharknado 2: The Second One.'