Mark Kelly (bassist)

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Mark Dean Kelly (born June 28, 1956) is a Christian bass guitarist most remembered for being a member of Petra during the 1980s. Kelly joined Petra in 1981 and recorded seven albums with them before retiring in 1987, being replaced by Ronny Cates.

In 2000, he assisted with his former bandmates and current Petra band members to the band's induction in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

In 2010, an incarnation of the band was formed under the name of "Classic Petra", featuring some band members from the 80. They announced the "Back to the Rock World Tour", starting October 15, 2010[1] and released Back to the Rock on November 13, 2010.[citation needed]


Year Album Label
1981 Never Say Die Star Song
1982 More Power to Ya Star Song
1983 Not of this World Star Song
1984 Beat the System Star Song
1985 Captured in Time and Space Star Song
1986 Back to the Street Star Song
1987 This Means War! Star Song
2010 Back to the Rock Classic Petra LLC

Grammy Nominations[edit]

Mark was nominated, with the other members of Petra, for the following:

Year Nomination
1985   Best Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus, Not of This World[2]
1986 Best Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus, Beat the System[3]
1987 Best Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus, Back to the Street[4]
1988 Best Gospel Performance - Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus, This Means War![5]


  1. ^ "News - Rock Pioneers Petra Reform For Tour And New Album". Louder Than The Music. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1985 - Grammy Award Winners 1985". 1985-02-26. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1986 - Grammy Award Winners 1986". 1986-02-25. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1987 - Grammy Award Winners 1987". 1987-02-24. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Grammy Award Nominees 1988 - Grammy Award Winners 1988". 1988-03-02. Retrieved 2011-12-31.