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Meet Danielle Tucker and Mark Fulton of The Mighty Untouchables in Poway

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Tucker and Mark Fulton.

Danielle, please share your story with us.
February 2018 will mark the 9-year anniversary of the creation of The Mighty Untouchables. The original core group consisting of Mark Fulton, Mike Holguin, Greg Merrill, Leonard Tucker, and I had been playing together at the Church at Rancho Bernardo for 20 years. We were longtime friends that had dreams of performing together in a supergroup. Our first band meeting was held at Mark Fulton’s kitchen table feverishly shared ideas for the project.

Everyone coming together that night shared similar past experiences working in cover bands throughout the years. We’d all done the bar band scene and knew the group of musicians we’d picked was capable of so much more. Playing stale, overdone songs was a thing of the past. We began building lists of fresh material and classics that people were crazy for and were musically exciting. This band would not be a one-trick pony. We had our sights set on being the most versatile group out there covering everything from top-40 dance, R&B, Motown, classic rock, country, and Latin. We would become the band that could do anything – and do it well!

Please tell us about The Mighty Untouchables.
The bandleader and architect of the group were Mark Fulton. In addition to countless moderately successful past cover band projects, Mark had a long and exciting career as a performer and composer. Mark’s songs, production and guitar playing have been heard on many television networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, TBS, A&E, Univision, Tele Mundo, MTV, Animal Planet, Playboy Channel, Lifetime Network, History Channel, Discovery, Tru TV, Hallmark, Travel Channel and others throughout the world. He has performed in concert with renowned blues and jazz recording artists, including Greg Allman, Norman Brown, Jeff Lorber, Edgar Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Wayne Johnson, Eric Reed, Charlie Daniels and Amy Grant. He has also performed and written music for television shows featuring President Reagan, President Bush, Mario Lopez, David Foster, Joan Rivers, Pamela Anderson, Dean Cain, Rick Dees, Boyz II Men, David Charvet, Mickey Dolenz, Ami Dolenz, Nicole Eggert and others. Mark has produced and performed in Halftime and Pre-game shows for the San Diego State University Aztec’s and the San Diego Padres.

Mark had been discussing the concept of this new band with Mike Holguin, Greg Merrill, and Leonard Tucker as they were shutting down their current cover band “Innovation”. Mark and Danielle Tucker were simultaneously working on a cover and original country band – The Danielle Tucker band. This band was an instant success winning $10,000 at Vieja’s Big Country Showdown within weeks of its inception.

Danielle is one of San Diego’s most accomplished professional female vocalists with a versatility second-to-none. She’s known for being equally adept singing country, rock, pop, gospel or jazz. She’s performed with celebrated artists such as James Otto, Keith Anderson, Chris Young, Jamey Johnson, Phil Vasser, Jamie O’Neil, Josh Gracin, and Juice Newton. Fans know her as a regularly featured artist on San Diego #1 radio station for the new country, KSON’s, Countryfest and Hometown Handshake tour. Her singing career began early on as a finalist on the television show Ed McMahon’s Star Search and progressed through her college years at Azusa Pacific University and on to Nashville as a recording artist. In addition to being a freelance stage and studio vocalist, Danielle is also an entrepreneur with a deep passion for business. Before taking the leap full-time into the music business, she spent nearly 20 years in the corporate world.

They recognized that there was magic in this business partnership. With this entrepreneurial combination, the family-like chemistry of the band and the elite musicianship – it was a winning combination destine for success. Mark Fulton, emerged as a voracious driving force behind the scenes. He became known as “HB” – Hustle Boy. Emailing, making calls and tirelessly networking day and night exponentially grew their bookings and revenue. Danielle has been his right hand along the way aiding in daily strategic discussions. She handles the business operations and marketing for the band as well.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We knew the potential pitfalls and risks that came along with putting together a venture of this kind. Most daunting was the fact that we were hit just the year before with a global financial crisis considered by many to have been the worst since the Great Depression. Companies had pulled the plug on entertaining their clients and employees. In fact, it was considered quite taboo to throw anything that would be considered a “lavish” event. Who would hire an 8-piece band?

Our first stroke of luck came in the form of casino gigs. Talent buyers who had strong past relationships with the group members were inspired by our tenacity and offered us dates at their venues straight away. Those turned into repeat dates and regular stints. Momentum began to grow as the group landed its first wedding bookings and then some small corporate and fundraising events. The paychecks were humble but the payoffs were outstanding.

Honestly, we were having fun. Fearless, we were sure we were in a position to find success in the events industry that was actively rebuilding. What we discovered was that the music, the friendship, the insatiable drive, and the ethics had formed a magic formula in this ensemble. We quickly established an impressive reputation and the calendar filled.

Please tell us more about The Mighty Untouchables.
Quality, quality, quality times infinity! The musicians and singers in this group are world-class talents.

In 2016 the band released a video covering Chaka Khan’s old school hit – “I Feel For You”. The video has been viewed over half a million times on Facebook. https://youtu.be/zMyHqip2wfo  They’re a band of “Musician’s Musicians” – a kind of group other musicians respect and admire.

In a business of this size and nature compromise is, of course, constant and necessary. However, there are key values that the group refused to negotiate on which are attributes of our success. Among those values are complete transparency and a democracy policy. Each member has an equal contribution and say. We have each committed to making The Mighty Untouchables our top priority among all other musical and professional ventures. We very rarely sub out band members and under no circumstances do we send out a “B” or “C” band ensemble. Every show we put on is the tried and true prestigious lineup of members. Most importantly, the integrity of the music takes precedence. We rehearse; we try new material all the time and we constantly go beyond our own preferences. At the end of the day, our show is only our absolute best material and the stuff that works. Our musical director, Mike Holguin, calls it “100 percenters only”.

The year 2014 proved to be the most pivotal for the group to date. Keyboard virtuoso Bobby Cressey and vocal showman extraordinaire Donovan Hurst joined our family. These two young superstars brought a fresh millennial flare and excitement taking the creativity of our show to new levels.

It’s incredible how far we have come now. Several times a week we are booked performing at corporate events for Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Toyota, Apple, CAT, Microsoft, Humana, Best Buy, and Intuit. We’re entertaining weekly at luxuriously lavish weddings at the best venues and resorts in the world. In 2016 we played 120 shows.

In our 9 years together there has been a great deal of sacrifice, heartbreak, and cooperation. As brothers and sisters, we have laughed, cried and quarreled. We have learned hard fought lessons and grown together year after year. An unshakeable bond has formed that has become our magic sauce. When the Mighty Untouchables take the stage together this history is the power that shines through. There is no other show out there like ours. It’s remarkably different and we’re proud of the outstanding product we’ve put together. Our clients and fans receive nothing less than musical excellence – heart and soul.

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