MARK VIKINGSTAD and MICHAEL BORIS come from different spectrums of the Empire State, while KYNDON OAKES hails from the “Land of Oz.” In their travels—following the yellow brick road to “somewhere over the rainbow” in Music City, Tennessee—the trio met in the middle to “lock the lands” and thus, LOCKELAND was formed. What brings these friends together is their love of life, humor and the mutual passion to create music that recalls pages from the past and captures memorable moments of the here and now.
Lockeland is straight-up contemporary country with a throwback twist; the trio’s blend of talents complement one another naturally and instinctively. The group’s polished; easy-does-it dynamics, intricate three-part harmonies and simplistic, meaningful storylines are its signature. With a captivating, subtle, sneaking energy, whether in an intimate acoustic setting or a rockin’ full band show, Lockeland stakes its claim on the map to create a memorable experience like no other.
Since the launch of the trio’s debut single, “Til The Cows Come Home” (March 2019), which landed in the Top 40 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart, Lockeland has appeared on the CMA Spotlight Stage (CMA Fest 2019), opened for Big & Rich on two separate occasions in 2019. The group recently embarked on an international tour (canvassing England and Scotland) where the trio provided direct support for CAM at Millport Music Festival and shared the stage at the Long Road Festival with other artists such as: Kip Moore, Josh Turner, LANCO, Morgan Evans & Logan Mize.
If you like:
The Beatles • Eagles • Brothers Osborne • Crosby, Stills, & Nash • Simon & Garfunkel • Diamond Rio • Rascal Flatts • Lady Antebellum Garth Brooks
Michael grew up in upstate New York--Apalachin, NY to pinpoint. He moved south to attend Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Commercial Music Percussion with a Music Business Emphasis. A “rhythm man” (and Lockeland's drummer) and kind-hearted gentleman of Italian and Ukrainian decent who becomes an entirely different “animal” on stage, Michael “kills it”—with hands on the cajon in intimate performances and sticks from atop the riser in a rock n’ roll show.
Michael has opened for dozens of award-winning entertainers (Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Train, to name a few). He’s performed on infamous stages and before thousands at grandiose music events including the Grand Ole Opry, Millport Country Music Festival (Millport, Scotland), Beaver Stadium (Penn State University) and Doak S. Campbell Stadium (Florida State University). Michael lends his talents on drums, piano, guitar and as co-producer of Lockeland recordings.
Yes, you'll see him sporting a ponytail.
No! He will not wear a man bun.
“Markie-Mark” Vikingstad has an infectious smile as big as Texas...He hails from Long Island, NY. Mark launched his singing career as a member of his high school band, One Shot Deal. (Because “chicks dig it.”) He is a multi-instrumentalist (who is classically trained in piano and bass, and also plays the drums) who lends his talents as Lockeland’s guitarist.
The SUNY Fredonia graduate moved to Nashville just days after receiving his BA diploma in Music Business to pursue his solo recording career. Honing his songwriting craft, Mark has taken his seat to perform at some of Music City’s most notable songwriter venues (including Listening Room Café, Bluebird Café and Commodore Grill) and visitor hot spots (such as Mercy Lounge, Hard Rock Café and Rock Bottom Brewery). Garth Brooks and the Beatles are among his musical influences. He marks the historical CBGB stage in NYC as one of his most memorable “musical moments” to date.
Yes, he is the only band member "off the market."
No! He doesn't mind the ladies asking!
Gridlocked at the intersection of two New Yorkers, Kyndon is not in Kansas any more. The trio’s lead vocalist grew up in Independence, Kansas where, in his youth, he performed with various choirs and in theatrical plays. He moved to Music City Tennessee in 2009 to launch his solo career.
With an appreciation for a variety of musical styles, Kyndon’s musical influences encompass the Goo Goo Dolls, Eagles, Don Henley, Colin Raye and John Michael Montgomery among others. Kyndon has performed for large crowds at outings such as the Spanish Peaks Music Festival and the Neewollah Festival, and has opened for James Wesley and Aaron Watson.
Kyndon brings his cool, suave style and knack for groovin’ vocal composition to the group’s vibe, and lest we forget his fun-loving personality.
Yes, he's often told that he resembles Dylan McDermott.
No! Regrettably, he admittedly does not have McDermott's acting talents, nor his bank account.