Mark Goffeney is a native San Diegan whose talent
and ambition have helped him to achieve ongoing success as a performer,
speaker and television personality. Mark has been recognized for his
work internationally and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1998 for
his principal role in the Fox Network commercial, “Feet”.
Born without arms in 1969, Mark was raised to see himself as an equal
in society and to value independence. With these values instilled, Mark
was soon noticed by several charities and by 1973 had become a Poster
Child and principal; fund-raiser for both the Variety Club and March
For the next decade, Mark co-hosted hundreds of telethons working side
by side with celebrities including Monte Hall and Kathy Lee Gifford.
By 1981, Mark was credited for having raised over 6 million dollars
for children’s charities., He appeared on Real People, the Mike
Douglas Show and Regis Philbin By age nine, Mark was attempting to create
his own music, but choosing an instrument would prove to be a challenge.
For a while he played trombone in the school band, then his dad brought
home an old guitar he had found on a jobsite.
With his friend’s help, Mark soon developed his own technique.
He would lay the guitar on the ground, supporting the neck with whatever
he could get his feet on. He would strum with his left foot and make
chords with his right.
By the end of the nineties, Mark had successfully completed his first
CD, titled “Big Toe”. Sponsored by PSB Records and produced
by Steve Dudas (known for his work with Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne).
This CD is a collection of Mark Goffeney’s greatest, original
songs and was featured in the San Diego Reader’s “Best of
In Recent years Mark and his band Big Toe have appeared on ARD TV in
Germany where he opened for Lee Ann Rimes on the hit show, “Lippe
Blofft”; and “Explosive” Two Korean network shows,
“Amazing World” on SBS and “Amazing People”
At home in the U.S. Big Toe was given two thumbs up by producer David
Foster, (winner of sixteen Grammy Awards for his Work with Celine Dion)
and Travis Barker (of Blink 182) on NBC Star Tomorrow in 2006. One year
later in Oct. of 2007, Big Toe performed on the Fox network Show “The
next Great American Band”. The show was Created by Simon Cowell
of “American Idol”. After the performance, Johnny Resnik,
lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls said ‘you kick ass on the bass
Mark's band Big Toe appears nationwide, and Mark often travels solo
to Japan,. Korea, Germany and the Netherlands.