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Mark Brown
Brown Mark, BrownMark
Born (1962-03-08) March 8, 1962 (age 57)
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
GenresR&B, funk, rock, soul, new wave, Minneapolis sound
Musician, record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals
Cryptic, Prince and The Revolution, Mazarati, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, Salt-n-Pepa, Sting

Mark Brown (born March 8, 1962), better known by the stage name Brown Mark, also styled Brownmark and BrownMark, is an American musician, bassist and record producer.

Life and career

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Brown's early fame came when he was the bass guitarist of The Revolution,[1] musician Prince's original touring (and later also his recording) band. Noted for his unique, funk-based style of musicianship,[] he became a record producer and recording artist himself after parting company with Prince in 1986.

His early influences on bass are Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Louis Johnson, Mark Adams from SLAVE, Jaco Pastorius, Verdine White, Nate Phillips (Dazz Band) and Bootsy Collins.[2]

Brown joined the band in 1981 for the Controversy album recordings. One of his earliest shows with Prince was opening for the Rolling Stones. From then on, he was connected to the Purple Rain album and movie, the Around the World in a Day album and the Parade album. Additionally, Brown contributed to the music for the aborted Dream Factory album that later became a significant part of Sign o' the Times.

Brown discovered the funk-rock outfit Mazarati that were signed to the Paisley Park label in 1986. One infamous story was when Prince gave them a demo with melody and lyrics of a song that became "Kiss." Brown and Mazarati, along with frequent Prince collaborator David Z, worked on a version, intended for their album. Prince liked the unique, funky rhythm and background vocals David Z added, but felt he needed to finish the song, removing bass line, and adding signature guitar and falsetto vocal elements; Mazarati's background vocals were retained. The finished, minimalist song was a hard sell to Warner Bros., but Prince insisted and the song was released.[3] Mazarati went on to release their self-titled debut album on Paisley Park, and although the album was not a major seller, it subsequently became a cult classic and has grown in reputation as a hallmark of the Minneapolis sound.

Brown achieved minor success after leaving The Revolution.

After a lengthy absence from the music business he returned with a new project entitled Cryptic. After the release of the Cryptic CD entitled It's Been Awhile the group disbanded in 2002. Brown is currently working on a new project out of Tampa Florida with his newly formed group Syx Mil Breach. The CD was released late 2010 and is titled Syx mil Breach.

The Revolution was reformed in 2016 following Prince's death, and have been touring since. Brown Mark sings the majority of the songs now.



  • Just Like That (1988), Motown
  • Good Feeling (1989), Motown
  • It's Been A While (2002)
  • Syx Mil Breach (2010)


  • "Next Time" (1988)
  • "Bang Bang" (1989), Motown


  1. ^ "Brownmark". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Brownmark Interview". notreble. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Prince 'Kiss'". Retrieved 2018.

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