Mark Salling Talks About His Musical and Emotional Influences

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Mark Salling has a new album coming out (as if you didn't know) and now the Glee star is opening up about his diverse musical influences and what motivates him to keep at it, even though the road to success may not have always been so easy.

Although he mentioned he has a soft spot for classical, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter admits he actually loves everything from Mozart to metal. "Pantera is probably my favorite band, even though it's the only heavy metal band I really like," Mark explains in his new promo video. "That was one of my first concerts; I went to a Pantera concert when I was 13. I told my parents they were a Christian rock band, and they believed it."
Mark relocated to L.A. to pursue a career in entertainment, but the Texas native hated the city at first. It wasn't until he started taking classes at Los Angeles Music Academy that he was able to appreciate his new home. "In life, you have to really be tenacious with a lot of things," he adds. "You can't just give things a year and move on. You've got to stick to it."

And that's just what he did. Although a little show called Glee took off before his music career, Mark stayed true to his passion and kept pursuing it. "I think there's also that desire from performers, musicians to be validated," he says. "You don't want to paint a picture and have no one ever see it."

That need for validation inspired the song (and album title) 'Pipe Dreams.' Watch Mark explain things further, and get a sneak peek of the title track, in the video below. Are you surprised by the Glee star's love of Pantera and comments about validation?

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