Grammy winner. Deep pocket bass,drums and keys. The bass part often determines the overall feel and vibe of a song, and a human performing that part adds something that a sample often can't quite get to. I have the experience and skill set to take your song and project to the next level. You owe it to yourself and your music to bring the very best.

Mark Prentice is a Grammy Winning Record Producer, and an in-demand studio musician, music director, and hit songwriter. His versatile and exhaustive music industry resume` includes recording and performance credits with renowned County Artists as well as various Internationally known Pop, R&B, and Rock-n-Roll Artists, including: Elvis Costello, John Fogarty, Desmond Child, The Fairfield Four, Lyle Lovett, BJ Thomas, Frankie Miller, Delbert McClinton, Ricky Skaggs, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash, Don McLean, Crystal Gayle, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra), Jennifer Nettles, Michael McDonald, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Hornsby, Felix Cavaliere, The Young Rascals, Charley Pride, Steve Earle, Allison Morer, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Ben E. King, Michelle Wright, Jennifer Hanson, John Oates, Pat Boone, Patti Page, Lady Antebellum, Rodney Atkins, Chuck Wicks, Paulette Carlson, Bruce Cockburn, Holly Williams, Bo Diddley, Mitch Ryder, others.

Mark spent 2013 on tour as bassist and Musical Director for “Once Upon A Dream”, a Steven Van Zandt production featuring the reunion of the Young Rascals.

Current projects include producing the latest project for Grammy Hall Of Fame artist B.J. Thomas and playing on and touring a new Don McLean record as well as music for two feature films, a television show and various Artist projects.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Mark Prentice:

  • Frankie Miller
  • Frankie Miller
  • Amy Grant
  • B.J. Thomas
  • B.J. Thomas
  • B.J. Thomas
  • B.J. Thomas
  • B.J. Thomas
  • Steve Earle
  • Marlee Scott
  • Tim Hughes
  • Worship Central
  • Rodney Atkins
  • Kingsway Kids
  • Tim Hughes
  • Colin Linden
  • Joe Diffie
  • Annie Sims
  • Annie Sims
  • Annie Sims
  • Walt Wilkins
  • Stephen Goodman
  • Stephen Goodman
  • Candy Coburn
  • Robin English
  • Laura Vecchione
  • Laura Vecchione
  • Angel Rattay
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Robin English
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Rockie Lynne
  • Eoghan Heaslip
  • Leland Martin
  • Sara Evans
  • Amy Grant
  • Forty5 South
  • Skyla Spencer
  • Skyla Spencer
  • Skyla Spencer
  • Annie Sims
  • Duane Steele
  • Glenn Kearney
  • Glenn Kearney
  • Colin Linden
  • Joe Croker
  • Joe Croker
  • Kim Parent
  • Jon Christopher Davis
  • Andrea Zonn
  • Andrea Zonn
  • Andrea Zonn
  • Stacey Earle
  • Anna Wilson
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Lori'el
  • Lori'el
  • Lori'el
  • Walt Wilkins
  • Walt Wilkins
  • Leland Martin
  • Jameson Clark
  • Joe Croker
  • Joe Croker
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Connie Howard
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Don McLean
  • The Raphaels
  • The Raphaels
  • Air Parma
  • Air Parma
  • Air Parma
  • Air Parma
  • The Walt Wilkins Band
  • The Fairfield Four
  • Sandy Knox
  • Sandy Knox
  • Sandy Knox
  • Sandy Knox
  • Tanya Dennis
  • Susan Ashton
  • George Canyon
  • Stacey Earle
  • Stacey Earle
  • Stacey Earle
  • Randy Wade
  • Marge Calhoun
  • Bob Cheevers
  • Bob Cheevers
  • The Fairfield Four
  • Colin Linden
  • Tim O'Brien
  • Elvis Costello
  • Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  • Michelle Wright
  • Steve Earle
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Marcus Hummon
  • Kate Wallace
  • Kate Wallace
  • Mitchell John
  • Mitchell John
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Cliff Sarde
  • Cliff Sarde
  • Cliff Sarde
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Don McLean
  • Mark Prentice
  • Jason Greeley
  • FFH
  • Jeanne Newhall

Gear highlights

  • Extensive Bass Arsenal including 1960 all original P bass
  • fretted and fretless
  • Upright
  • Yamaha
  • Hammond

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Quick turnaraound / Paypal/ Skype

Reviews of Mark Prentice

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark Prentice...besides being so talented, treats folks the way they'd want to be treated. Dependable to a T...Mark keeps you updated. Michelle sang so beautifully ...it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you again Mark for bringing these songs to life.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    Excellent! Exactly what I needed! #1 on Soundbetter.com

  • Listing_thumb_img_50384 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark has done a fantastic job for me. Very quick and accurate. Very pleased with results!

  • Listing_thumb_oapete4 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is a pro! Great drum tracks! Great sound! Very nice to deal with! Also got me the tracks very quick. Highly recommend.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is the best! Seriously, Mark is the best person you can possibly have work on your music. Don't hesitate in reaching out to Mark. Do it now!

  • Listing_thumb_100_38995 months agoby Verified Review

    I have been recording with Mark on several past projects now. He has proven to be professional in his work ethic and the product he delivers. He has become an honorary recording member of my band.

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    Great melodic sense, terrific player and real Pro. He works fast and patient with revisions. I'II work with him again, fantastic!
    DarekM.

  • Listing_thumb_scan00036 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is awesome and willing to do magic with extremely difficult circumstances. He is very understanding and quick!!!

  • Listing_thumb_pressebilde_snart_gryr_en_dag_lite6 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is a world class bass player. He is very highly skilled, both technically and artistic. He is creative, flexible and fast. He goes into a project with devotion and emotion. He lifted my record to a new level!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark did an outstanding job taking my suggestions and working with them. In the end he gave me multiple tracks to play with. I would highly recommend and would work with again. Thanks!

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    What is it about coming to Mark with my songs? Trust! It is a great feeling sending in one of my rough scratches and know he truly is taking the time to hear my melody,chooses the perfect vocalist and all involved know what I'm after & should there be a differing in thought it's discussed and it's fine to bring it up. Thanks again Mark!

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    I'm just so thankful I came here to SoundBetter... Mark Prentice has been a treasure. Not only does he do beautfiul work with my songs...but he communicates and keeps me informed. He truly treats folks well.....

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is the best in the business! Professional, great musician and all around great guy. Don't hesitate to work with Mark. You won't be disappointed!

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    They just keep coming. My brother strikes again and again and again. Thanks to Mark and his highly talented son as well !

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is the only one whom I entrust the most important tasks to. Don't worry about nothing, he's more than great in every single thing he does !
    Wonderful job man, let's keep them coming !

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    And here we go ! Mark always delivers the best ideas in a matter of seconds !
    Super fun to work with him again and again.
    Thanks Mark ! We will work more together really soon !

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is really, really amazing. He clearly knows what he's doing. I showed him an example and he came up with amazing ideas in a second. I will work with him again for sure.
    Professionalism : 10/10
    Quality : 10/10
    Timing : 10/10

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is the perfect Soundbetter.com artist. Professional, amazing musician and a really great guy. Do not hesitate to contact Mark. If you want the best, send him a message right now.

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark was incredibly easy to work with! He has great chops and was able to grasp exactly what I was going for with pretty minimal instruction. 100% would use him again. Quick & Professional. He worked with me until everything was to my satisfaction for sure!

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark and Michelle tapped into the heart of a recent song they did for me. The backing track was even more than I'd hoped for.... perfect to my ears....and then to have Michelle's beautiful vocals on the recording........I'm thrilled.!!... a really lovely lovely recording. thank you both.....

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    What else can I say but Mark is the man! Always great to work with Mark!

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is the perfect Soundbetter.com artist. Professional and high quality work. I fully trust Mark with my music and always look forward to sending him new stuff.
    Thanks Mark!

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Another awesome experience working with Mark. Always high quality work from a great guy and an awesome bass player.

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is awesome to work with. Always a pleasure. He delivers quality work every time! A perfect Soundbetter.com artist!

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark always delivers high quality professional work! I really enjoy working with Mark. Always great stuff from a great guy!

  • Listing_thumb_100_38999 months agoby Verified Review

    Working with Mark is nothing less than amazing. He is a truly gifted artist. I've enjoyed working with him and will be working again with him soon.

  • Listing_thumb_img_20160830_22352210 months agoby Verified Review

    A great and enthusiastic bassist who was a pleasure to work with.

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    What else can I say about Mark? He's the best! He's great to work with and I love everything he does. When I send songs to Mark, I don't worry about anything. He always delivers great stuff! Thanks Mark!

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is an excellent Communicator, Musician, Interpreter of the feel of the song,and did absolutely beautiful work on my song!. Highly recommend! Had not had songs recorded in a few years...so was hesitant ..But am so glad!! my song was in good hands. Big Thank you to all involved!

  • Listing_thumb_100_389910 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark has become the virtual guitarist/bassist within our band structure. His talent and musical abilities are phenomenal. And his work ethic is unquestionable. I enjoy recording with him.

  • Listing_thumb_uncle_engeke10 months agoby Verified Review

    When you're looking for professional, I mean a real professional, then Mark Prentice is your man. Thank's again Mark! We'll have a Jack on you.

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is great to work with. Every time is a perfect experience. Professional, prompt and a really nice guy. Always a great experience. Thanks Mark!

  • Listing_thumb_uncle_engeke11 months agoby Verified Review

    I was looking for the right way to improve my song.
    Mark gave me exactly what i needed and it was better than expected.
    With Mark it came clear to me what's the next step.
    Really thanks for that Mark! I will ask you again.

  • Listing_thumb_img_20150320_14340111 months agoby Verified Review

    It was a great experience working with Mark. He's a total professional, he understood the vision I had for my songs and the result was just great!! I recommend him a 100%.

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again Mark delivers quality work, perfect on first pass with a fast turnaround. I can't imagine going to anyone else. No matter what you need, contact Mark first!

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark is always awesome to work with. He always delivers high quality work and it's always perfect and exactly what I need on the first pass, every time. I can't wait to work on another project with Mark.

  • Listing_thumb_logo_black11 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark impressed me with his friendly communication and superb service delivery. He showed a real interest in my project which showed in the quality of the work he produced, very much in feeling with what the music needed.

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again Mark delivers a perfect Bass track on first pass! Mark is my go-to guy for Bass, actually he's the guy to go to for anything you need to help make your song great. Whatever you need, Mark is who you need to go to. Thanks Mark!

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    How many more ways can I say how great it is to work with Mark? He's the perfect person to work with no matter what you need. He's got you covered and will do an amazing job no matter what you need. Professional and a really nice guy. You can't go wrong with hiring Mark for your next project.

  • Listing_thumb_100_389911 months agoby Verified Review

    This is the second time that I've worked with Mark. He has a really good sense for what I'm trying to accomplish with each song. I enjoy working with him. He is very easy to work with. I will definitely be using him for future projects.

  • Listing_thumb_100_389912 months agoby Verified Review

    Mark did an amazing job recording guitars and bass tracks for me. His performance on each track was incredible and his turnaround time was very speedy. Looking forward to working with him again.

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again Mark delivered high quality work with a quick turn around. Super nice guy and a total professional. I thoroughly enjoy working with Mark and can't wait for the next project! Thanks for everything Mark!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mark is so great to work with. Total professional, super nice, fast and the quality of the work is awesome! I'm very happy that I've found Mark. I know that if I need anything, I can contact him and I know that I'll get exactly what I need. Thanks Mark!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Another perfect Bass track from Mark. I really enjoy working with Mark. A total professional and a great guy. His Bass playing is second to none. I've been fortunate to work with Mark twice already, I hope there will be many more opportunities in the future.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mark was awesome to work with. Professional, responsive and a really nice guy. The Bass track he put down was perfect on first pass! He also added a killer Hammond B3 track that elevated the song to the next level. This was a great experience and I can't wait for the opportunity to work with Mark again.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Mark delivers exactly what you ask for and is one of the most professional people I've ever worked with. His groove is killer and has great basses to groove through . But you kind of hate him at the same time because he can play anything really well. Always love to be creative with this guy.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Mark Prentice is my go-to guy in Nashville whenever I need a killer master track or song demo. He is the perfect leader on recording sessions and he works closely and regularly with the best talent around. I have referred countless clients to him over the years as the ultimate One Stop Shopping Destination For All Things Musical.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Not only is Mark Prentice one of my most favorite people to simply hang out with, he is someone who I have entrusted my music to for years. He was who I wanted to work with as producer, arranger & musician when I did my own CD.I now own an indie label , & Mark was the perfect fit to work with BJ Thomas on a 2014 Chritsmas Project. Mark is perfect!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    A total pro. Mark has worked on many projects over the years for me both in the studio and on-line. His musical depth and knowledge is second to none. Name the style, instrument and feel and he'll put you in your place ! Mark is a consummate professional, always driving the pocket along with a great sense of humor, compassion and nice shoes.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Mark Prentice is a gem. Excellent producer, versatile player, and stand-up human being. He's professional and organized and gets work done in a timely fashion. Mark will bring your project to life in exactly the way you want.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    A true leader inspires confidence and brings out the best in everyone he works with. Mark Prentice is a leader in every sense of the word. He listens deeply, understands the goal, assembles the best team, while making you feel like the rock star. His production helped my music have the quality it needed to get TV and radio placement. He is a joy!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    The problem of working with Mark is that he is just so good at so many things. Asking him to play bass on one show and keyboards on the next brought a "Sure, no problem", everything being played to perfection.

    Working with him is an absolute pleasure and hanging out, equally delightful.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Mark Prentice brings his creative genius to every project he touches. He works on every song as if they were his own. The final results always have that "magic". Whether you use Mark as a producer or musician you will be blown away by his talent and expertise I guarantee it!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I doubt you will find a more comprehensively talented musician/producer in our wonderful world of music. Over the past few years he has amazed me with the number of bows he has in his quiver, Each instrument he plays to a first class standard. His other special attribute is as a GREAT person, overly generous with his talent.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Mark is a terrific player and musical director. He has played bass and keys on several projects I have produced. In a town of great musicians, Mark is among the very best.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Mark Prentice has played a variety of instruments on my CDs...including bass, double bass, fretless base, guitar, piano, organ, and mandolin. He is currently co-producing my newest project and has written string arrangements for a number of the songs. He is an accomplished player with wonderful musical sensibilities.

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Interview with Mark Prentice

What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
With the current technology and availability through the Internet, it's easy to fall into believing that music is just "content" and I maintain it is not. Owning recording gear doesn't automatically make you an engineer any more than owning an instrument makes you a player. If you're a creative, you owe it to yourself and your music to present it in the best light possible and that often involves getting help from a more experienced player or engineer. Don't be afraid to invest in the music you believe in. When you're working with seasoned professionals, you really do get what you pay for and the relatively small financial difference makes a massive difference in the quality of your final product.
Can you share one music production tip?
Yep. Serve the song, in whatever role you play in a production.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work in Sonar, and have a pretty extensive selection of outboard gear for the instruments I play, a nice selection of microphones for vocals, acoustic instruments and drums, and a great collection of awesome instruments, basses, guitars both acoustic and electric, keys, and specialty instruments, mandolin, bouzouki, etc. I have fine tuned a great 10 track drum protocol for the house kit and get massive compliments on the drum sounds.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is the mission? What do we hope to accomplish? Often a given project may have several objectives and uses, so I really want to know what the mission is and in what order. Again, communication.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be sure you're being heard by whoever you work with. Music is the universal language and communication is the most important element.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Well, I can't because he's gone, but Donny Hathaway. Just a monster talent, writer, player, singer, artist.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I cut my teeth on rock and roll and r and b music, but having been a session musician for nearly three decades, I've done a fair amount of everything. And, living in Nashville, all styles of Country and Americana.
What's your strongest skill?
Musical empathy, I think. I've always been able to communicate and understand. My goal is to help the client get exactly what they want, beyond their expectation.
What do you bring to a song?
Years of experience in many genres, a Grammy winning producer's knowledge and taste, even to a single track, and most importantly to me, a genuine love for music, the recording process, and those who step out to make their statement.
What's your typical work process?
There isn't one really, I work in live multi-player sessions and also do tons of tracks that I send literally all over the world. I receive projects in every phase from just the concept, to being the last guy to go on a track. I've pretty much dealt with every imaginable scenario.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I split my time between several roles. I'm predominantly a studio musician/session leader. I also do a lot of music production, both for artists and specialty projects, film, TV, etc. And I've had fairly extensive experience as a Music Director for live shows as well as television specials, etc.