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, Jimmie Allen, 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)
  • Connie Kis Andersen
  • 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
  • Tim O'Brien (3)
  • 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
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Tim Bays (2)
  • Jameson Clark
  • Patti Page
  • Andrea Zonn
  • Marcus Hummon
  • Stacey Earle And Mark Stuart
  • Bobby Cameron
  • Andrew J. Booth
  • George Canyon
  • Various
  • Forty5 South
  • Marcus Hummon
  • Rockie Lynne
  • The Mamasitas
  • Sara Evans
  • Amy Grant
  • Jon Christopher Davis
  • Walt Wilkins
  • Rockie lynne
  • Mitchell John
  • Micheal Young
  • One Flew South
  • Scheibee & Foosen
  • Kermit Lynch
  • Lost Hollow
  • Don McLean
  • Jon Wolfe
  • David Starr (9)
  • Kalaji
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Jenny Tolman
  • Ex-Isles
  • Ross Falzone
  • Stang
  • Icon (20)

474 Reviews - 65 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Kaiwen C.
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    Mark is amazing! My project is much more alive because of his killer bass line! 200% recommend!

  2. Review by Matt D.
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    Mark’s bass recording was killer! Perfectly in time with superb tone. Great communication also. 10/10

  3. Review by Yury E.
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    Mark is a professional with his craft. Great communication. Excellent bass player. Highly recommended!

  4. Review by Ryan J.
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    Mark is nothing short of brilliant. Not only was his take basically exactly what I had asked for, but he also provided a virtual Toolbox of tasty riffs as optional parts. I was blown away. Not to mention super friendly extremely professional with direction and delivery. Makes perfect sense why he’s so highly rated. PRO!

  5. Review by Mike C.
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    Mark 'Magic' Prentice! Another perfect bass track! Mark has the 'magic' touch to add just the right tone and bass lines to elevate your music! Thanks Mark!

  6. Review by Danny
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    So great working with Mark again- truly great ideas and inspiring riffs!

  7. Review by Thomas
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    Awesome musician! Great guy! Fast delivery! Thanks so much!

  8. Review by Mike C.
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    Perfect as always! Mark brings so much to my projects and I learn from him every time. The absolute best!

  9. Review by Paul R.
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    Mark is awesome! Speedy turn around, great communication and the parts were perfect! I'll be back for sure. Thanks again!

  10. Review by Anas M.
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    I loved working with Mark !
    Super quick and amazing results

  11. Review by Neeki B.
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    Beautiful experience. Would definitely work with again!!

  12. Review by Danny
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    Top quality bass tracks! Look no further for the goat!!

  13. Review by Ernest B.
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    Mark did a stellar job delivering two bass tracks: one track replaced the MIDI track I sent him note for note and another track which he added some nuances which I will also use. I will be using him again!

  14. Review by Paul
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    Mark gets it right the first time, he plays a second track if you ask him too in case you want to cut and paste, but generally you are happy with what he first plays because he feels that take, the second one is more like, what should I do to diversify? When working with Mark, give him free reign and trust his instincts. He will never let you down. Simply the best and you will love this guy like we do, trust me!

  15. Review by Avrom G.
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    Great bass parts. Fast turn around. Highly Recommended!

  16. Review by Trey P.
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    Very quick, great comms, and sent back a dialed in bass track that sounds great! Thanks

  17. Review by Michiel B.
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    Mark is the best; so grateful to have him onboard. Gives me a standard version bass and an artsy one and the latter is always so good! He immediately knows what's needed and that makes my life a lot easier!

  18. Review by Vetle F.
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    Super fast delivery, and lots of cool options! I'm very happy with the bass tracks Mark delivered!

  19. Review by Dougy A.
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    Absolute beast! The best in the biz, don't look any further.

  20. Review by Naftali - ASAP PRODUCTIONS
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    simply the best bass playing, superb quality, and amazingly speedy quick delivery. I keep coming back, Mark is the best!!!!

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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  • #1 record for Jimmie Allen "Down Home". Thanks Jimmie for inviting me to the party!!Feb 06, 2023

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  • 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.