Norm Stockton

Mission Viejo, California, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Jazz / Funk / Fusion
Stocktones Music
As bassist, solo artist and clinician (MTD Basses, Gallien-Krueger, Maranatha! Music), Norm Stockton travels extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan. He currently tours and records with chart-topping worship artist Lincoln Brewster.

Profiled in Bass Player magazine (12/95), Norm has extensive experience in a wide array of musical settings. His recording and/or performance credits include jazz guitarist Steve Laury (solo artist, Fattburger), keyboardist Rob Mullins (solo artist, The Crusaders), bassist Dominique Di Piazza (John McLaughlin Trio, Front Page), guitarist Lincoln Brewster (worship & solo artist, Vertical Records and Steve Perry), Darlene Zschech (worship & solo artist, Hillsong Australia), bluesman Darrell Mansfield, heavy rock group Luna Halo (Sparrow recording artists), singer/songwriter Bill Batstone (Harvest Crusade Praise Band, Franklin Graham Crusades), and many more.

Norm's acclaimed bass instructional DVD series, Grooving for Heaven, has been distributed extensively in the United States and abroad.

His solo debut, Pondering the Sushi, garnered positive feedback from print and on-line media including Bass Player, Jazziz, the Roland User's Group, UCLA's Daily Bruin, Bass Frontiers, Bass Professor (Germany), Bass Magazine (Netherlands), Christian Musician,,, and more.

Norm's composition, "The Race" (opening track from Pondering the Sushi) was selected for Bass Talk 7, the compilation from Germany’s Hot Wire Music. The playlist includes tracks from such notables as Jeff Berlin, Tom Kennedy (with Dave Weckl), Kai Eckhardt and Marcus Miller.

As a bass educator, Norm has served as adjunct faculty at a number of universities and music schools, including Concordia University, Hope International University, Biola University, The Los Angeles Academy of Music and He also serves as the bass columnist for Christian Musician magazine.

Norm lives in Orange County, CA, with his wife and daughters.

About Norm:

"Great technique.clean funk.Stanley-esque solo flurries.Norm can groove, too.his deep-pocketed, Marcus-like slap grooves will leave you pondering this California bassist's thumb."

–– Bass Player Magazine

"If you're a bassist, chances are you've heard of Norm Stockton; if you haven't, you're missing out. Norm possesses the rare combination of exceptional chops and broad musical sensibility - his latest recording Pondering The Sushi is evidence of exactly that."

–– Roland Users Group

About the Grooving for Heaven DVD series:

"I endorse & highly recommend these videos.very well done!"

–– Abraham Laboriel, Sr.

"This is a fantastic resource for bassists of just about any skill level. It contains an amazing wealth of information, organized in a logical, sequential manner and the tools to send you well on your way to becoming a bass monster!"

–– Michael Manring

About the Pondering the Sushi CD:

"Pondering the Sushi is full of great tone, great songs and great players. Norm's formidable chops and killer tone are present throughout all his bass lines and solos.a lot of fun to listen to."

–– Bass Frontiers Magazine

"Unlike most debut releases which only contain maybe 2 or 3 compelling selections carefully placed among a collection of mediocre sounding 'filler' music, Pondering the Sushi is a musically sophisticated effort from beginning to end. You will not hear a weak link.I can't ever recall hearing a bassist sound so comfortable in so many different settings. Norm sounds like a veteran recording artist on this, his first solo release! Bottom Line: Pondering the Sushi is one of the strongest debut outings that has ever come across my desk."

–– The International Institute of Bassists


Norm has played and/or recorded with the following artists and more:

Justin Adams

Bill Batstone

Lincoln Brewster (worship artist, Steve Perry)

Morris Chapman

Paul Clark (solo artist)

Paul Colman (Paul Colman Trio, Newsboys)

Rick Cua (The Outlaws)

Holland Davis (worship artist)

Brian Doerksen (worship artist)

Bryan Duncan (solo artist)

Tony Guerrero (solo artist)

Michael Gungor (worship artist)

Steve Laury (solo artist, Fattburger)

Luna Halo (Sparrow recording artists)

Sarah MacIntosh (solo artist, Chasing Furies)

Darrell Mansfield (solo artist)

Maranatha! Music

Rob Mullins (solo artist, The Crusaders)

Fernando Ortega (worship & solo artist)

David Ruis (worship artist)

Jami Smith (worship artist)

Rita Springer (worship artist)

Rob Whitlock (solo artist, The Jazz Crusaders)

Phil Wickham (worship artist)

Scott Wilkie (solo artist)

Zoro the Drummer (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, educator/clinician)

Darlene Zschech (worship artist)

At bass clinics and events, Norm has shared the stage with these artists and more:

Alex Al

Richard Bona

Brian Bromberg

Dominique Di Piazza

Myron Dove

David Dyson

Nathan East

Tony Franklin

Matt Garrison

Stu Hamm

Todd Johnson

Kristin Korb

Steve Lawson

Michael Manring

Trip Wamsley

Jerry Watts

Doug Wimbish

Norm has appeared in the following print & on-line publications:

Bass Player

Bass Frontiers

The Roland Users’ Group

Bass Guitar (UK)

Bass Professor (Germany)

Bass Magazine (Netherlands)

Bass Magazine (Japan)

Musico Pro (Espanol)


JazzLife (Japan)

UCLA’s Daily Bruin

Christian Musician / The International Institute of Bassists

**NOTE TO FRIENDS: Please refrain from posting any vulgar or profane content (if you're not sure, it probably is). Thanks hugely! Norm**
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