From arguably one of the most technically proficient guitarist of our time and Mark's mentor:https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/in ... ridge.html
Michael Angelo Batio :
But one of the things that's interesting about Mark is that his work ethic is pretty amazing. And I was a huge Creed fan before Alter Bridge, and my favorite album from Alter Bridge really is their first one [2004's 'One Day Remains'] because it's more melodic.
And Mark, with Creed, wrote so many great No. 1 hit songs - I think he has an award for the most No. 1 categories in Billboard hits - something like that. One of the Creed songs, I think it's one that goes *sings 'With Arms Wide Open'* it was on so many Billboard charts that he's got awards all over his house.
The thing that I loved about Mark is the same thing he thinks about me - you're a student; always learn new things. That's what I loved about him. And actually, I'm a bigger fan of Creed than Alter Bridge, musically. 'Cause I just love their songs more.
"But I think that Alter Bridge is much more - Myles [Kennedy] is an amazing singer, don't get me wrong, he's fantastic - but I just loved the Creed sound with Scott Stapp. There's something about it that's magical to me.
Mark was once set to prove himself to his peers, he didn't have to, I hope he reads this.