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Mark Brown (BrownMark) spent most of his life in Minneapolis, Minnesota
where, in the 80’s, the Minneapolis music scene took America by storm with its
unique blend of Rock and R&B. BrownMark grew up with musicians such as Prince,
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Morris Day and Alexander O’Neil who laid the
foundation for his advancements in his production skills and musical theory.
In 1981, BrownMark made his debut with Prince on the “Controversy” tour. For
seven and a half years, he honed skills as a bassist for Prince and the
Revolution and soon became known for his funky bass playing. Prince quoted in a
Rolling Stone article that “without BrownMark on bass,” he would “take bassout
of the music.” In 1988, BrownMark landed arecording contract with Motown. This
career move was fueled by a track record of proven successes with the rock
group, Mazarati (one of BrownMark’s creations), Chico DeBarge, Troop, Georgio,
Stacy Latisaw, Teen Dream, Sheila E., and LakeSide, to name a few. BrownMark
debuted his solo album “Just Like That” on Motown in the late 80’s with the
single “Next Time.” His second CD release on Motown was titled “Bang Bang.”
Collaborating with his former boss, Prince, BrownMark attempted to reintroduce
himself as the funky bassist he was known to be.
To add to the list of his accomplishments, BrownMark received two Grammy
Awards and two American Music Awards for his contributions to the “Purple Rain”
movie soundtrack. He also had the privilege of performing with the talented
Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughn, along with Salt ‘n’ Pepa and Jodie Watley
in an MTV special. He again had the honor of performing with Stevie Wonder at
his “Character Party.” BrownMark has also shared the stage with Sting, Bruce
Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Q-Tip, and Doug E. Fresh.