Mark Hildebrand performs at House of James

Part of the Envision Coffee House Series in Abbotsford.

Mark Hildebrand performs as part of the Envision Coffee House Concert Series on Saturday in Abbotsford.

Mark Hildebrand performs as part of the Envision Coffee House Concert Series on Saturday in Abbotsford.

The Envision Coffee House Concert Series presents Mark Hildebrand on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the House of James (2743 Emerson Street) from 8 to 10 p.m.

Hildebrand was born and raised in B.C. in a home filled with classical piano, western guitar, and hymns of the church.

Upon discovering the guitar as a young teen, he continued to explore and experiment with many styles of sound.

Even though he won the Royal Conservatory of Music silver medal while training in classical guitar, in the end, his heart was won by the blues.

In both writing and performance, Hildebrand’s skill is obvious. Whether composing original pieces, performing live, or teaching music at a local college, his talent is in demand.

He has most recently been a guitarist for Cowboys and Indians, Colin Bullock, and Lindsay May.

Hildebrand’s latest project includes writing, producing and playing guitar, mandolin and lap steel on the One Acre album titled “Big Back Yard.”

For more information about the Envision Coffee House Concert Series, including the full concert schedule, contact the Abbotsford Arts Council at 604-852-9358 or abbotsfordartscouncil@gmail.com, or visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org.