Mark Prentice

Elite Session Bassist

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# 1 ON SOUNDBETTER BASS REVIEWS! Grammy winner. Deep pocket bass 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. You owe it to yourself and your music to bring the very best.

Mark Prentice is a Grammy Winning Record Producer, 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, Jonathan Cain, 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.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Mark Prentice
  • Don McLean
  • Rory Gardiner
  • Crystal Gayle
  • Don McLean
  • Don McLean
  • Priscilla Renea
  • Jon Wolfe
  • Jon Wolfe
  • Jon Wolfe
  • 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
  • Rockie Lynne
  • 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
  • Steve Earle
  • 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
  • Don McLean
  • The Hit Crew
  • Mark Prentice
  • Jason Greeley
  • Lindsay Broughton
  • Laura Vecchione
  • Laura Vecchione
  • FFH
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Jeanne Newhall
Discogs verified credits for Mark Prentice
  • The Fairfield Four
  • Randy Wade
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  • Walt Wilkins
  • Justin Weaver
  • Mitchell John
  • Bill Taylor (16)
  • Randy Wade
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Cliff Sarde
  • Cliff Sarde
  • Icon (20)
  • Jeanne Newhall
  • Lewis Storey
  • Colin Linden
  • Marcus Hummon
  • Icon (20)
  • Farmer's Daughter
  • Michelle Wright
  • Steve Earle
  • Marcus Hummon and The Red Wing
  • Steve Earle
  • Bob Cheevers
  • Stacey Earle
  • Paul Heyman (2)
  • Randy Wade
  • Marcus Hummon and Red Wing*
  • Farmer's Daughter
  • The Fairfield Four And Friends*
  • Tanya Leah
  • James Edwards (31)
  • Take 5
  • The Raphaels
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Tim Bays (2)
  • Jameson Clark
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Patti Page
  • Marcus Hummon
  • Stacey Earle And Mark Stuart
  • Bobby Cameron
  • George Canyon
  • Various
  • Forty5 South
  • Marcus Hummon
  • The Mamasitas
  • Sara Evans
  • Amy Grant
  • Jon Christopher Davis
  • Walt Wilkins
  • Rockie lynne
  • Mitchell John
  • Micheal Young
  • One Flew South
  • Scheibee & Foosen
  • Various
  • Don McLean
  • Jon Wolfe
  • David Starr (9)
  • Kalaji
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Jenny Tolman
  • Ross Falzone
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Icon (20)

368 Reviews - 52 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Mike
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    The best. Always will be!

  2. Review by Brew
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    Second time working with Mark on 3 of my tracks, they are all quite different but he was more than up to the task. He is a pleasure to work with :)

  3. Review by Becca R.
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    Mark was a pleasure to work with! He totally understood the vision of the bass track for my song and delivered! The audio files sound very professional.

    I would absolutely work with him in the future!

  4. Review by Dougy A.
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    Mark just gave me back my new tune and it's GOLD. WOW, this one is my fav yet, I feel like I just played the Grand Ole Opry.

  5. Review by Bill B.
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    Mark was so great to work with. He took the time and effort to make sure I would be happy, and he delivered a great track. Great turnaround time and communication. I would definitely like to work with him again.

  6. Review by Lo Bellver
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    Outstanding, simply put.

  7. Review by David R.
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    Super easy to work with and super nice. Monster player. Thank you!

  8. Review by Brew
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    A real pleasure working with Mark, he is such a pro and such a nice guy too. Would happily work with him again!

  9. Review by Thien N.
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    Perfect bass!!! Mark nailed it.
    Quick communication. Highly recommended

  10. Review by Danny
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    another project complete! Total pro, great sound and creativity, looking forward to more in the future

  11. Review by Ryan D.
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    Amazing bass player, really fast turnaround - highly recommend!

  12. Review by Jeremy Serwer
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    Had the pleasure of working with Mark on a seven song song project of mine.Wow, you can easily hear why Mark has had a long and great career in Nashville. Mark played Bass and Keys on all Seven songs and he not only brings the skill but also style and imagination that makes the song a more definitive and unique version of itself.
    When you spend the money on a great player you only pay once was a very wise piece of advice given to me in 2015, I'm glad I heeded that advice. Go with mark!

  13. Review by Andrew
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    Mark is a true master of playing in the pocket. I've done two songs with him so far and his bass lines are consistently juuust right -- not a single missing or overused note, not to mention excellent communication. An absolute professional. Look no further.

  14. Review by Greg McClure
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    Mark knocked this out in record time and with record tone. He was super-responsive and as easy to work with as the process gets. He laid down a nice groove for very particular kind of feel, and while he gives me credit for providing the materials correctly, he's the one who made the technical requirements easy to fulfill.

    If you're wondering how deep the pocket goes, it will be Mark's pleasure to provide that information.

  15. Review by Cloe
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    Mark is very talented and responsive, his bass track adds colors to my composition, I love it :)

  16. Review by Dodd L.
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    Mark is an integral part of my recording process. His parts really breath life into the songs and make them come alive. I love working with such an amazing and gifted player.

  17. Review by Jon M.
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    Mark is a great communicator and a pleasure to work with. I would undoubtedly work with him again.

  18. Review by Anthony A.
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    Another fantastic experience! Just finished up three songs in record fashion, flawless from start to finish on each with beautiful results. Mark is simply the best, the turn around time, quality, creativity and sheer talent combined keep me coming back, but most importantly, the friendship that has developed because of it....Mark is an exceptional person with a heart of gold, and a superstar to The Zugu Project, without him, this project would be dead in the water. I highly recommend Mark!!!

  19. Review by Naftali
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    incredible job and super flawless. every time!

  20. Review by Ryan Hinkle
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    Mark is a top pro with great musical instincts, communication, gear, and turn-around time! What more could you ask for???

Interview with Mark Prentice

  1. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  2. A: 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.

  3. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  4. A: Yep. Serve the song, in whatever role you play in a production.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: 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.

  7. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  8. A: 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.

  9. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  10. A: Be sure you're being heard by whoever you work with. Music is the universal language and communication is the most important element.

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: Well, I can't because he's gone, but Donny Hathaway. Just a monster talent, writer, player, singer, artist.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: 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.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: 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.

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: 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.

  19. Q: What's your typical work process?

  20. A: 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.

  21. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  22. A: 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.

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GenresSounds Like
  • James Jamerson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Motown
Gear Highlights
  • Extensive Bass Arsenal including 1960 all original P bass
  • fretted and fretless
  • Upright
  • Yamaha
  • Hammond
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Discounts on a per project basis for multiple songs/instruments. Live drums recorded here by top studio drummers

  • Great First Quarter!!!Mar 22, 2017

    SoundBetter just keeps bringin' it...  Great projects from literally all around the world.  Lots of bass tracks as well as full productions.  Great music, great people and a year off to a great start!

  • 2016Dec 22, 2016

    Closing in on the end of 2016. Massive thanks to all my Soundbetter clients and the management team. Looking forward to a rockin 2017!!!

  • Great year so far!!Apr 13, 2016

    Killin' it with projects from awesome clients all over the world!!  Really rewarding to be a part of a creative vision coming to life...

  • Rockin' itFeb 09, 2016

    Slammin' along here with Soundbetter projects from as far away as South Africa, Mexico City and Berlin, Germany.  Big thanks and keep it coming folks, the music just gets better and better!

  • And the beat goes on...Jan 26, 2016

    Just worked recording drums on a really rockin' tune for Kenny form Berlin, Germany.  A total Bonham fest.  Matt, my drum partner, just killed it. Really fun!

  • January 2016Jan 25, 2016

    2016 off to a roaring start. Nonstop sessions in studio and online, new Don McLean record coming later this year, work with new artists and some great young talent from as far away as Mexico and South Africa.  All the elements of an awesome year.