Mark was born just a stones throw away from R&B mecca, Muscle Shoals. Being the son of legendary keyboardist and producer, Barry Beckett, music was always being heard in the house. At the age of 14, Mark decided to pick up some drum sticks after hearing the great Eddie Bayers on a recording. Since before he graduating high school, he did everything possible to be a recording musician. While skipping school, Mark would watch and learn from his father and Eddie almost on a daily basis by visiting sessions and being a fly on the wall. When he wasn’t at the studio, he was playing to the cassettes his dad would bring home from the days work.
A year and a half after his first snare drum hit, Mark did his first recording session and the rest is history. He has never wanted to do anything else but be a session drummer and he has done just that. Having a 20+ year career in the music business, Mark has played with a who’s who of talent and has become one of the more “in-demand” drummers in Nashville. Here is a short list of artist that Mark has recorded for and/or played live with:
ARTIST: Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, TOTO, Aaron Neville, Uncle Kracker, Tommy Shaw(Styx), Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, James Burton, Charlie Daniels Band, Paul Williams, Robben Ford, Keb Mo, Michael W. Smith, Michael McDonald, Patty Loveless, Billy Bob Thornton, Rodney Crowell, Dolly Parton, Little Jimmy Dickens, Joe Diffe, Steve Cropper, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Milsap, Emily West, Daryle Singletary, John Kay(Steppenwolf), Peter Frampton, Steve Wariner, Luke Bryan, T.G. Shepard, Ray Benson, Eddie Floyd, T. Graham Brown, Gary Puckett, Con Hunley, William Bell, Kim Carnes, Larry Gatlin, Judy Rodman, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), Chris Young, Eric Heatherly, Delbert McClinton, Marty Stuart, Mel Tillis, Gail Davies, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Justin Moore, Leona Williams, Sam the Sham, Felix Cavaliere, Frankie Ballard, Sarah Darling, Gretchen Wilson, Oak Ridge Boys, Joy & Rory, Mark Farner (Grand Funk RR), Confederate RR, Ricky Skaggs, Jaron and the Long Road to Love, John Michael Montgomery, John Anderson, Easton Corbin, Darius Rucker, Eddy Raven, Doug Stone, Kelly Pickler, Sunny Sweeney, Lynn Anderson, Joe Stampley, Jimmy Fortune (Statler Brothers), Charlie McCoy, Bill Gaither, Ronny Robbins, Montgomery Gentry, Tony Joe White, Point of Grace, Beth Nielson Chapman, Johnny Lee, Billy Burnette, B.J. Thomas, Mac Davis, The Funk Brothers, Thompson Square, The Wrights, Sonya Issacs, Josh Turner, Lulu Roman, Andy Griggs, Trick Pony, Dailey and Vincent, Jack Ingrahm, The Issacs, Laura Bell Bundy, Josh Thompson, George Jones, Jo Dee Messina, Sammy Johns, Jon Randall, Jamey Johnson, Peter Gallager (OC), Hunter Hayes, Randy Montana, David Frizzell, Randy Owen, James Wesley, Paul Overstreet, Steel Magnolias, Crystal Gayle, Dobie Grey, B.B. Cunningham, Jim Horn, Jimmy C. Newman, Dennis Linde, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, The Whites, Jesse Winchester, Vern Gosdin, Duane Eddy, Bobby Osborn and the Rocky Top Express, Lee Brice, Percy Sledge, Albert Lee, Billy Yates, David Ball, Gene Watson, Colt Ford, Jan Howard, Jimmy Hall, George Hamilton IV, Rob Schneider, Shelly West, Jesse Keith Whitley jr., Bucky Covington, Curtis and Lucky, Linda Davis, Brothers of the Southland, J.D. Myers, Holly Williams, Senator Lemar Alexander, Barbara Mandrell, Leroy VanDyke and American Idols Bo Bice, Scotty McCreery, and Lauren Alaina