Sunday, May 31, 2009

No. 22 ~ John Blackwell ~

When it comes to powerhouse drumming and extreme showmanship; no one can match up to the amazing drummer by the name of John Blackwell...

John was raised in a very musical family and started his playing since the age of three when got his first drum kit. He studied in one of the most prestigious music college (Berklee College of Music) soon after, his career kicked off and was playing for big Pop, R&B, and Rap artist like Prince, P. Diddy, Utada Hikaru, and Justin Timberlake.

John Blackwell drumming for Justin Timberlake at the Grammys.

He has made a trademark of himself with his kung-fu like stick twirls when he drums which is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. He does it so fast that at times I though the video was being fast's that fast!

You can see him doing it at 0:52 in this video...

Not only is John Blackwell good in his showmanships, but also in his amazing groove and style of playing which really nice to hear...

Rock on John Blackwell!

This concludes my series of my favorite gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop drummers. My next post will be about drummers that the majority of readers will know and recognize as famous, good, cliche and extremely overrated. Although not alot of drummers like them, they have truly caught the attention of many non-drummers and non-musicians. Causing an effect that made many people want to play drums. So for that, I would have to thank them by mentioning them in my posts. But to clarify things, I do not like those drummers but I respect them.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

No. 21 ~ Marvin McQuitty ~

Possibly one of the most admired drummers among many aspired Christians is what Teddy Campbell calls "Marvin- the Magnificent- McQuitty." And the word magnificent is just a small word for man this talented!

It began when he just 3 years old, mimicking his father playing the drums, soon it became what Marvin was destined to do.
His drumming is very well known for his groove and uncanny musicality, also not forget to mention an amazing versatility!
Because of his amazing ability to change and adapt in music, he has worked with many of today's big artist like Destiny's Child, Stevie Wonder, Mary Mary, Israel & New Breed etc.

Marvin McQuitty was brought into my attention when he performed at one of the most prestigious drumming event known to man. The Modern Drummer Festival! where he play along to one of his compositions called "Get Your Life Back". In which he performed flawlessly with tremendous fill and groove that made my eyes glued to the TV screen!

Marvin is and I quote from that
"Marvin is living his dreams, walking in his purpose and affecting the lives of thousands with his spiritual inspiration and affinity for God."

I have got to say amen to that! Currently, Marvin is now working with grammy award winner Israel Houghton in his group "Israel & New Breed".

you can catch Marvin worshipping with Israel & New Breed and Hillsong's Darlene Zschech in that video... the camera catches Marvin at 1:19/ 2:22

My salutes goes out to Marvin McQuitty, an amazing drummer for God! Amen!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

No. 20 ~ Aaron Spears ~

Ever since his appearance on the Modern Drummer Festival 2006. He has been one of the most talked about drummers in the Gospel arena. He has also won the award for being the "Up & Coming" drummer in the Modern Drummer readers' poll. Aaron Spears is definitely one of the most impressive drummers I have ever seen. His licks, groove, and linear fills are unbelievable!

Here is a video of him drumming to "Usher - Caught Up" at the Modern Drummer Fest 2006. It will blow your mind at how awesome his fills/licks are...

For your information... he is the official drummer for Usher.

You can catch Aaron in this video drumming for Usher & James Brown at 4:18. Which was also one of the coolest fills I have ever heard.

To Aaron of the most breath-taking gospel drummers I have ever seen.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

No. 19 ~ The Most Beautiful Woman In The World! ~

There is absolutely no one in this world,
that can compare to you.

Nobody can ever show me kindness,
like the way you do.

Who can cook such amazing meals like you?

It is your unconditional love that continues to amazes me.

No matter how I have been naughty,
you gave me the rod of discipline.

It is because of you,
that I can become the handsome, young man I am now.

Who could ever tell me stories at night,
when I was a little child.

And sang songs,
when I was afraid.

You loved me since the day I was born,
and I never knew how much it pains you that I have disobeyed you from time to time.

Yet you still show grace and embrace me in my time of need.

Whenever I am happy, you celebrate with me.

When I am sad, you comfort me.

No matter how far I go, I will always remember to love you.

No matter how old you might think you are,
you will always to me,
be the most beautiful woman in the world.
I love you mom.

Happy Mother's day.

Your son,
Raymond Goh

P/S. Remember to hug & kiss your mom on Mother's Day!