Most people don’t regard “jingle writing’ as a profession but that’s how Mark Stocker began his entry into the world of professional music and recording starting at the tender age of 17. However, Mark began playing piano by ear at the age of 4, then taking professionally taught piano lessons which then inspired him to teach himself eight (8) other instruments in the process including drums, bass, guitar, tuba, trombone, percussion and others. All this led to arranging, writing, producing and audio recording.
In 1987, Mark partnered with a local studio in Allentown, PA to begin a small production company whose specialty was corporate advertising and marketing post production. In 1993, Mark broke off and began to grow Little Apple Productions into a major force in television music production with his acquisition of a contract for sound design and music on a pilot show called“Medical Detectives” which was launching on a new Discovery Channel network called“The Learning Channel”. “Medical Detectives”quickly became the MOST popular show on TLC and eventually became aCable Ace Awardnominee in 1997.That eventually led to other network contracts for such entities asCNN, CNNi, CNBC, QVC, TNT, CNN en Espanol, Turner Southas well as theme contracts for the Atlanta Braves and Wimbledon.
Mark then turned his attention towards music supervision and post-production for film in working with Sony Entertainment on “Left Behind : World At War” in 2005, “The Warrior Prince” for Bollywood, India in 2007 and “Standing Firm” for Praise Pictures in 2010 where he became the re-recording mix engineer for the entire film.
Mark is currently the production / technology arm of 4:30 Entertainment Group in Baltimore, MD where his clientele has increased to working with some of the greatest names in music, which include Rodney Jerkins, Adam Blackstone, (the late) Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Mo’Horns, Jason Nelson, Maurette Brown Clark, Anthony Brown, Justin Savage and many more. He's a proud member of theAES (Audio Engineering Society)for many years.
He eventually has plans to make 4:30 Entertainment into Hollywood East….a one-stop shopping place for creative genius to flow; producing films, TV shows, music and all types of media for the masses while telling heartfelt human interest stories of how God interacts with the people He created. Additionally it's a place where Hollywood and LEAVE the high prices and get the SAME QUALITY for a much smaller budget, increasing a film's bottom line. Derived from revenues at 4:30 Entertainment, the 4:30 Foundation will provide a steady stream of revenue for ministry into third world countries such as India, Haiti, Uganda and the homeless here in the USA.
Mark is married thirty-four (34) years to his wife, Pamela. They’ve raised two daughters who are married and have three grandchildren. They currently reside in the Baltimore metro area. Mark loves to cook, collect artwork, play golf and enjoys eating sushi and drinking a glass of wine whenever possible.