Gerald Heyward

Gerald Heyward is often called the Godfather of both R&B and gospel drumming. A brief glance at his resume quickly confirms the moniker—Gerald Heyward’s worked with industry figures like Blackstreet, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Missy Elliot, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige, Coolio, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, and Brandy.

Gerald Heyward began his drumming career in his church, but soon his outstanding talent inevitably brought him from the altar into the spotlight. Known for his “fat grooves,” Gerald Heyward’s playing philosophy is as straightforward as his style: he always keeps it simple and plays for the song, not himself.

Today, Gerald Heyward finds himself constantly in demand, and he shows no sign of slowing down. Most recently, he has toured with the likes of Chris Brown and Beyonce.

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