About

Striking Note Records is an indie record label with the goal of making timeless music that feeds the mind and soul.

Writer-Producer Mark Hauptschein on Stratocaster

Mark Hauptschein

Mark Hauptschein founded Striking Note Records to pursue a life-long passion for songwriting and  music production. Based in Ann Arbor Michigan and working with musicians from Nashville to Chicago, Mark knows the true power of collaboration in the creative process.

Striking Note’s first release was Another Good Mistake by Camila Ballario. Often compared to the likes of Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile and Sara Bareilles, she was a perfect fit to become Striking Note’s premier artist. Songs on her debut were written specifically to fit her creative vision: Americana-flavored music peppered with provocative lyrics that stir emotions while challenging you to stop and think.

Vintage Analog Console

Striking Note’s Board of Directors

On Another Good Mistake you’ll hear beautiful ballads, funk infused rhythms and driving rock tunes. Along with Mark’s guitar, keyboard and drum work, a host of other musicians contributed to this unique blend of styles with instruments ranging from mandolin and accordion, to dobro, Hammond organ and brass. Chicago-based Rich Rankin co-produced and played multiple instruments.

More recent releases such as Killer Ghost and Blind the Truth are from Mark himself and carry the label’s vision further. Enjoy!

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