There are no limits to a child growing up in the house of accomplished parents and musical icons. Tim Steele began his journey playing drums at the tender age of 2 along side his father, Gospel Legend Bass Player, Tim Linzy and mother, Debbie-Steele-Hall. Tim’s father established his trademark performing with Richard Smallwood, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Yolanda Adams and host of others while Tim’s mother was a successful solo artist, performing alongside the likes of Richard Smallwood, Charlie Daniels, and Aretha Franklin.
In the past years, professional drummer, Tim Steele, has been privileged to record and perform a myriad of genres. With well over a decade of experience, Tim’s approach to drumming incorporates technique, consistency, and tireless dedication to his well-cultivated art of drumming.
Out of the world of Gospel, Tim’s growth expanded to Jazz, R&B, Classical and Opera and by the age of 14 he was active in the Washington DC music scene. His skills awarded him the opportunity to work with Stellar Award winning artist, John P Kee and his Workshop Choir.
Tim Steele’s odyssey only continued to skyrocket and with hard work, creativity, and expertise his horizons expanded to recording sessions and an national and international reach beyond the US and on World stages in Russia, Africa, London and Vienna to name a few. He shared the stage with a host of mainstream artists including, but not limited to, Prince, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Rick Braun, Phil Perry, Rachel Ferrell, Raheem Davaughn, Mya, and Lalah Hathaway.
Versatility and the ability to hone his sound have led Tim Steele to his current position as the drummer for 8x Grammy Nominated R&B Sensation, Ledisi. In addition to staggering national and international concerts, they have had the distinct honor of performing at the White House for the 50th Birthday Celebration of President Barack Obama’s.
Tim's main drumming influences are Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckyl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Aaron Spears, Chris Dave and a wealth of talented time-keepers. One goal has remained a constant throughout Tim’s career is to continue to re-invent and improve his art.
Jamale Hopkins is an American Queens born music producer and drummer who is slowly gaining recognition worldwide. Music has always been Jamale's passion. He grew up influenced by Dave Weckl, Calvin Rodgers, and Phil Collins.
Over the years, Jamale has studied drums at The Drummers Collective with teacher Guy Lacata, as well as studied with Jazz Drummer, Alvestor Garnett. Currently, Jamale is the studio drummer for Grammy Award winning Jerry Wonda, working with Platinum Sounds Studio. Nevertheless, in the last eight years Jamale has been taking things to a whole new level, traveling all over the world - Israel, Turkey, Argentina, Paris, England, London, and Australia, just to name a few.
Jamale has had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Hudson, Tank, Melissa Ethridege, Wess Morgan, and Mali Music. Jamale gives all thanks to his Lord and Savior, who is the head of his life as he continues to not only play drums, but worship and study the word of God in his church home every Sunday, Great Redeemer Church, under the teaching of his Pastor, Dr. Zavette D. Smallwood. Since a very young age, Jamale has been mindful that his talent is truly a gift from God that he has taken full advantage of and is not ashamed to give all thanks to his Lord and Savior! Jamale aspires to one day open up a drumming school to teach not just drums, but music business, which is his true passion!
Malik Adams is a musician from Alabama who is steadily gaining recognition worldwide. At a very young age, Malik began playing drums in his hometown church of Monroe, LA. It was during this time, he knew that this was his calling. Early on, Malik studied jazz and by the time he reached his senior year at Pueblo Centennial High, he was able to showcase just how much he'd learned. While performing with his high school band at the Mile High Jazz Festival in Greeley, CO, he won two awards, one for "Best Soloist" and the other for "Outstanding Musicianship."
Malik also received two scholarships -- one to study jazz music at Fort Lewis College in Fort Lewis, CO and another to play football. He believed God had a different plans and opted to attend the University of North Alabama where he'd further cultivate his craft.
He has had the honor of performing with a plethora of artists and events including Alabama A&M University’s The Black Tie Scholarship Gala, a premier annual fundraising event designed to close the financial gap of students aspiring toward higher education and a host of events locally and nationally. The event is known for featuring Grammy nominated and national recording artists such as Alvin Garrett and Carl Thomas.
Malik currently works with D. Pride (Dante Pride), Thad & Co., Davian Talley, and UNA Ascending Voices. He has had the esteemed opportunity to collaborate with gospel recording artist, Joshua Rodgers who was the first male and youngest winner of BET's Sunday Best during the show's fifth season. A few of his influences include Aaron Smith, Josh Mayfield, and Aaron Spears.
He gives all thanks and honor to God while he continues to minister through his gift of music every Sunday at Living Word Community and New Birth Ministries churches. Under the teachings and leadership of Pastors Shane D. Rainer and Robert Turner, they guide Malik along both his spiritual and musical journies.
Malik hopes to inspire others to do what they love through his love of music and playing drums. He aspires to one day meet and collaborate with several of his musical influences and idols.
Paul "Buggy" Edwards
Paul "Buggy" Edwards was born and raised in S.E. Washington DC. He started playing drums at the age of 2, which soon evolved into Buggy playing drums and singing in his mother's gospel group. Paul's love for Go-Go music was established when he was 6 years old at Anacostia Park with his older brother where he saw the late Rick "Sugar Foot" Wellman playing drums with the band E.U. (Experience Unlimited). It was in that moment in which he decided that Go-Go was the music that he wanted to play.
Paul's parents enrolled him in school for music at the age of 9, which is where it was truly discovered that his gift and skills were well beyond his years. From there he really began to play more in church and on the local music scene; developing into a serious drummer and industry professional.
At the age of 19 Paul was called by the late Chuck Brown to record drums on one of his many hit songs called: "Can't No Body Do Me Like Jesus."
Paul then joined forces with the Backyard Band and has been innovating with them for the last 27 years. Playing over 250 shows a year, Paul has truly earned his place as a legend in the DC Go-go community.
Paul stated that his top 6 musical influences are Jeff Lo Davis, Yogi Horton, Jeff Cobb, James Cunningham Sr., Blues Webb and Jimmy Russell. He attributes a lot of what he knows to their positive guidance which has afforded him the opportunity to share the stage with Ginuine, Dru Hill, Raheem DeVaughn, Emily King, Citizen Cope, Richard Smallwood, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Dorinda Clark, Paul Morton, Dave Holister and Donnie McKlurkin to name a few.
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Zee JohnsonZee Johnson is a drummer, singer/songwriter and Praise and Worship Leader who was inspired at an early age to play drums after watching Sheila E.'s performance in the movie, "Purple Rain." It wasn’t long before the Houston-based drummer took over the drum chair at her church full-time.
After graduating college, Zee began sharing clips of her playing on Instagram. Her dazzling pocket and crisp chops soon attracted much attention. The attention from social media also brought an awareness of few female drummers' presence online. Zee has shifted her focus from playing to educating and inspiring as many drummers as possible.
Zee's penchant for practice, hard work, and social awareness is what sets her a part. She currently teaches locally in The Woodlands and Spring Texas areas, while balancing her roles as Praise and Worship Leader and studio musician.
Hasmon "Haze Amaze" Abraham II
Born and raised in Washington D.C for the first few years of his life, Hasmon Abraham II moved to the state of Maryland with his parents, brother, and two sisters. He comes from a talented family where his father and brother are guitarists, cousin plays multiple instruments, and whole family sings.
Hasmon began playing drums at the age of 3. He grew up playing in the church and later branched off to play genres other than gospel. At the age of 10, he had the honor to play behind singer/songwriter Roberta Flack. In 2015 he graduated from Suitland High School where he was accepted into the school’s Center of Visual and Performing Arts program. There he studied under orchestral/chamber percussionist, Dane Krich. While in high school Hasmon learned to read music, and outside of school, broadened his versatility. After high school he decided to pursue music full-time.
Hasmon has had the opportunity to accompany jazz bassist Christian McBride and American pop and jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. He has recently been called to play for gospel singer Geoffrey Golden, who was one of the first-place winners on BET Gospel show “Sunday’s Best” and has also had the honor to perform on stage with R&B artist, Chante Moore. He has traveled to New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Atlanta to do gigs. He is currentlyplaying for an R&B/Pop band by the name of Top 5 DC and a gospel group called Renewed Favor, while he makes sure he is in church every Sunday.
Hasmon loves to give back and does so through supplying drum equipment to the less fortunate and teaching drum lessons to aspiring drummers at no cost. Over the last several years, he has built close relationships with two of his favorite drummers, Aaron Spears and Jamal Moore. They have gained enough trust in him to ask him to fill in for them on gigs and be comfortable with knowing that he will rise to the occasion.
On his down time, he consistently practices different genres of music, patterns, grooves, and also sheds with inspiring musicians, aspiring to be the best he can be. His musical rangestretches through R&B, Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Pop, and Gospel. People know him by “Haze” or “Haze Amaze” which stuck with him after being given to him by a couple of his childhood friends who recognized his talents early.
Wendell "2WO" Lowe, II
Wendell was born and raised in Chicago, IL where he discovered his talent. Wendell’s parents recognized his love for drumming at the very early age of 2-years old where he’d bang on pots and pans with spoons and forks. Eventually, his father bought him his first drum set, in which Wendell used to play his first eight-song concert at the age of 3. As he grew, so did his passion for music and his love for drums.
Like any other Gospel musician, Wendell began playing around Chicago with his father professional Pianist/Organist, Wendell H. Lowe Sr., where he than began to get recognition. Later on, Wendell attended Thornton Fractional High school in Lansing, IL where he then began to learn music notation and also music theory. Soon after, with teachings from school music director, Mike Madonia, Wendell was placed in the marching, jazz, concert, and symphonic bands further honing his technical music abilities.
With practice and progression, Wendell began picking up local jazz gigs around Illinois. In late 2015, Wendell auditioned for a new, up and coming soul band called “The Alex Legrand Band.” Within three years of gigging with the band, Wendell strenthened his ability with pocket and feel. Soon after, he was recognized by two progressive rock bands in the city of Chicago: “The Gabriel Construct” and “Pavlov3” where he was given the opportunity to play a different genre of music from what he was accustomed to.
Currently, Wendell backs up and coming pop artist, LYRX. Having a heavy gospel background and experience playing progressive rock, Wendell has managed to become one of the youngest and most versatile drummers from Chicago.
Wendell’s main influences include: Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Mike Mitchell, Ronald Bruner Jr., Calvin Rodgers, Clemons Poindexter, Dwayne Bradford, Dana Thompson, Tavarius “Varo” Johnson to name a few.
Wendell has also had the privilege to perform with artists such as: Pastor Smokie Norful, Dorinda Clark Cole, Phillip Patterson, The Alex Legrand Band, The Gabriel Construct, Pavlov3, Pastor Tim Bailey and Judah Camp, Donald Buster Woods and G3 and many more!
Washington D.C. native, Dominique Austin, is one of the most talented upcoming drummers, who is taking the music industry by force! He usually finds himself assisting drummers with technique and skill, as well as consistently learning from other professional drummers to increase the use of his God-given talent.
Through his growth and current experience, Dominique will soon become a household name in the music industry as not only a notable drummer, but an experienced teacher, clinician, and music producer. Dominique has had the opportunity to utilize his gifts by playing many different genres of music. His most extensive experience comes from playing and touring with internationally known artists, such as Gospel legend and 11-time Grammy Award winner Shirley Caesar, Stellar Award winner Kurt Carr, and Geammy nominee Anita Wilson. He attributes his growth to playing with various artists and groups nationwide. Dominique has found that on several occasions his drumming abilities have opened doors that have allowed him to play on national television networks such as, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and VH1, and other local news stations.
In his quest to progress himself through exposure, you can find Dominique on several social media outlets, including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram playing several cover songs that not only expose his versatility and creativity, but also to criticism that he uses to foster his technique.
Dominique currently resides in The Washington D.C. (DMV) area, and is a featured artist on the Drum Talk TV website. He currently performs spot dates with several artists, and can be seen performing at diverse events nationwide. Dominique endorses Hendrix snare drums and 64Audio in-ear monitors. He stays motivated by continuing his contributions to changing the face of music...one beat at a time.
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Argel Robles is a professional drummer/percussionist originally from Mexico, currently residing in Hamburg, Germany. With more than 17 years of experience, Argel has played and toured internationally, including Mexico, Europe, Russia and Latin America (Venezula and Chile). He has played at many international festivals and venues, including Fusion Fest (Germany), Trutnov Festival (Czech Republic), Vive Latino (Mexico), Wild Mint (Russia), and many more.
Argel lends his talents to several bands, including Sexto Sol and Taste of Greed and plays latin-ska, reggae, punk rock, underground electronic and alternative genres. He has had the distinct opportunity to share the stage with many renowned international bands and artists, including The Chemical Brothers, Bomba Estéreo, Sepultura, Calle Trece, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, La Raíz, John Mayal, Bersuit Vergarabat and the list goes on. A few of Argel’s musical influences are Dennis Chambers, Frank Zappa, and Mike Portney.
In addition to maintaining a steady schedule playing with several artists/bands, recording and collaborating on various projects, Argel is a highly sought-after live studio/session musician and music teacher. Check out Argel’s official website for more information about his projects, upcoming events and videos.
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Christian "Jabba" Jenkins
Christian "Jabba" Jenkins is the Co-Founder of the band, Soulful Experience. As a versatile percussionist with an extensive background in performing and teaching. Jabba prides himself on being a poised, charismatic solo and ensemble performer that can quickly master new repertoires in a broad range of musical styles. Jabba has been performing since childhood, and he loves using music to put a smile on the face of others. Jabba has been the lead drummer with Soulful Experience since 2013, and is also the Music Director for Michon Young, an international soul and R&B singer.
Christian has performed with Blues Legends Fernando Jones, Bobby Rush, BB King, Nellie " Tiger"Travis, Gospel Legend Keith Pringle, R&B great Kelly Price, neo soul artist Michon Young and legends Tito and Jermaine Jackson. Christian is also currently working on two projects, including his band's self-titled album debut, Soulful Experience Volume 1, and a gospel album entitled, "Jazz for Jesus." Some of his musical influences inlcude Aaron spears, chris Coleman, Calvin Napper, and Larnell Lewis.
Check out Soul Experience’s website for more information about his projects, upcoming events and videos.
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Jasmine "Jazz" Kelly
Jasmine "Jazz" Kelly was born and raised in Compton, CA. She began playing drums at 8 years old and landed her first professional, recurring gig at the tender age of 10! Throughout her childhood and teen years, while juggling school work. By the age of 18, Jazz was performing locally, nationally and internationally. After graduating high school, she attended Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA to further hone her gift and craft by advancing her musical knowledge and career.
After college, Jazz immersed herself in music. In addition to her rigorous performance schedule, Jasmine manages the Drums Department for a local Guitar Center, teaches a weekly youth bible group, conducts weekly praise & worship rehearsals and operates as "band leader" of her 2,000+ member church.
Jasmine has performed with and shared the stage with artists such as Ray J, Keith Robinson (actor), Michel'le, The Temptations, J'Yon Gray (gospel artist), Takim (gospel artist), and Jaden Gray (ABC's "BoyBand") just to name a few.
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Christopher O’Neal was born February 3, 1983 in Roanoke, Virginia. His parents, the late Elder Dock O’Neal and Elder Della O’Neal, raised he and his siblings in the church. Both of his parents sang in the choir. Chris began playing the drums at the young age of 3. His first showcase was at Grandin Court Elementary which amazed not only his school, but his family as well. In his pre-teen years he became the drummer for the J.C. English Ensemble in his home church, Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church Apostolic Faith.
Chris attended William Fleming High School where he played in the marching and jazz bands. He was also captain of the drumline for 2 years. After graduation, he later returned to his alma mater where he served as Assistant Drumline instructor.
Chris has been blessed to share the stage with many gospel artists such as LeAndria Johnson, Duranice Pace, Joshua Rodgers, and Kefia Rollerson. He also had the opportunity to play drums on the gospel track entitled, A Chosen Vessel, featured on the album by Ricardo D. Gill & The Shekinah Project.
Gifted and anointed by God to play the drums, Chris is known in the Roanoke Valley and abroad for his drumming talent and abilities. He grew up studying Maurice Mitchell, Samuel English Jr. and John Mitchell, but also influenced by drummers/musicians/songwriters such as Calvin Rodgers, Brent Easton, and George “Spanky” McCurdy.
Chris currently plays for New Harvest Family Worship Center, Spirit of Life International, Domino Band, Melissa and The Growlers, Nicholson Brothers, and UBU Band.
Chris currently resides in Roanoke Valley with his wife and number one supporter, Linetty.
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Ronnell SmithRonnell Smith was born and raised in the Bay Area. Growing up in the church, Ronnell took to the drums and excelled through the power of Jesus Christ. Gifted with anointed hands, Ronnell began to garner attention from the Bay Area elite musicians and artists.
A graduate of San Lorenzo High in 2007, Ronnell decided to pursue an advance education at The Art Institute of San Francisco majoring in Audio Production. He has played with Eric Marathol, Andy Martin, Frank Sinatro, Jackie from The Kurt Carr Singers, and Tremaine Hawkins.
His goal is to travel the world playing the drums leading up to the ultimate dream: playing for The Grammys as well as becoming a Grammy Award Winning Musician.
Ronnell’s dream is to inspire people not to give up on their dreams. With hard work and the help of God, they can come true.
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Demetrick JuneDemetrick June is a professional drummer who exudes a spirit of integrity, skill and leadership. Always looking for a teachable moment, DJ as he is affectionately called has been playing drums for over 20 years, and has worked in an active playing and teaching capacity.
Raised in Manning, SC, DJ started playing drums in his home church Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church. It is there that DJ was able to learn, focus and grow as a drummer. After graduating from high school, DJ studied and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Musical Performance from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL.
J is a versatile drummer playing all types of musical genres, with the ability to read music and play by ear. However it is his passion for playing that has led him to follow his dreams and use his GOD-given gift to play with different musical artists and bands across the country and to create #TeamJune, his company and platform that exhibits professionalism and hard-work while living out his goals as a professional musician and businessman.
DJ has finished his fourth international tour with Carnival Cruise Lines, with the band Easy Breezy. Internationally he taught his clinic In Nassau BA, while also performing in Half-moon Cay, BA, Ensenada Mexico, Cozumel, Mexico, San Juan, PR, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Marrten, Montego Bay Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Belize City Belize, and Roatan Honduras. When he is not touring, DJ is educating aspiring and current musicians on the music business and professionalism through his clinics "The Successful Mindset of a Musician" and "Beyond The One Dimensional Mindset."
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Dana ShepherdDana D. Shepherd was born and raised in Queens, NY. Dana was introduced to the drums at the age of 2 by his older brother who was the drummer for his grandfather’s church in Queens, NY. With the guidance of his brother, Dana was able to start fully playing for his grandfather’s church at the age of 6.
As he matured and perfected his craft, Dane was afforded many opportunities to share his gift. During his junior year of high school, he connected with his peers and formed a band called, Once Again. They invited to perform at many events inside and outside of school Dana’s other musical accomplishments include playing for some of gospel music’s most noted artists such as Dr. Judith McAllister, Andrea McClurkin and Alvin Slaughter. He has also played for the legendary Irish singer-songwriter, Sinead O’Conner in 2013. Most recently he played and traveled with new upcoming Christian artist, Mari Burelle.
Dana completed his second tour in Japan in February 2018, with the legendary Butch Heyward and his choirs, The Harlem Japanese Choir and Fellowship Choir. Now he is currently residing in the Dallas, TX area. He was the drummer for the play production Nina Simone: Four Women created by Christina Ham and Directed by Regina Washington, Live at the Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth Texas.
Dana understands that all of his gifts and talents are a gift from God and looks to bless others with them.
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Daraile "Munchy" CunninghamDaraile Cunningham aka "Munchy" was born & raised in Washington DC area. He comes from rich lineage of drummers which molded him into the musician that he is today. He sat and studied under his uncle James Cunningham Sr. since the age of 6 which exposed him to a lot of good music, discipline and professionalism. Daraile serves as the drummer for The First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover, MD. He has had the privilege of playing with such artist as Marvin Sapp, Kevin Ross, Byron Cage, Tasha Lockhart and many more.
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Greg OwensGreg Owens was born on May 14, 1993 and began his musical career as a drummer at the age of 2. Greg has played for many churches, schools and bands/ensembles. Greg is versatile in many genres such as gospel, jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B and rock. He’s played drums on studio albums including Matthew Kiernan & G-Bop “First Fruits”, Sheri Wise-Chaffin “You Make Me Smile” and Deric Anderson’s “Shifting”. Some his accomplishments includes serving drummer for the inspirational stage play “Transition” starring the legendary Shirley Murdock. He served as a drummer for One Night Columbus, a 3000+ Christian gathering in which he also performed as a rapper.
Owens is an accomplished music producer, recording artist, song writer and engineer. He has recorded and produced for many artists in Columbus, OH and Midwest region since the age of 13. In 2011, he released his first music video “Popular” which has garnered over 23,000 YouTube views. Owens has been featured on the both Columbus’ urban radio stations 106.7 The Beat and Power 107.5 as well as Power 92.3 in Chicago IL. His recent album “Eclectic Soul” was released on September 2017 with critical acclaim.