10 Drummers That Are Actually Great Singers
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Being a drummer in the band doesn’t always mean you have to stay at the back. These drummers proved that they can be the voice of their group or provide great vocals as a solo singer. We listed down ten drummers who also have an amazing voice. Take a look below.
10. Sheila E.
Sheila E. began her career in the mid-1970s as a drummer and singer for The George Duke Band. She was dubbed as “The Queen of Percussion.” In 1977, she met Prince and would later team up for Prince’s Purple Rain recording sessions for which she provided vocals on “Erotic City” in 1984.
9. Levon Helm
The late legendary drummer and vocalist for The Band. He had a soulful voice that was capable of performing rock and folk. Most known for his songs, “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
8. Karen Carpenter
Karen was a singer and drummer with her brother, Richard, under their band name The Carpenters. She began playing drums in high school and became Carpenter’s full-time drummer, but later took on the role of lead vocals.
7. Chris Cornell
Many knew Chris Cornell as the frontman for Soundgarden. But not a lot people know that Cornell started off as the band’s drummer in during the 1980s. Later in his life, he also became the lead vocalist for groups like Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.
6. Anderson .Paak
.Paak is a singer, rapper, songwriter, and drummer. He is now part of the soulful group Silk Sonic, where he provides drums and vocals. He also played the drums at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show and performed with the likes of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
5. Dave Grohl
Of course, we all know by now, Grohl rose to fame in the early ’90s as the drummer of Nirvana. After the passing of frontman Kurt Cobain, he started his own band, the Foo Fighters, for which he sings, writes songs, and plays guitar, and continued to be one of the most beloved musicians.
4. Ringo Starr
Sir Richard Starkey was known as the drummer for The Beatles. But he also sang on some of the band’s hits, including songs like “Yellow Submarine” and “Octopus’s Garden.” After they disbanded, Starr fronted his own solo projects as both a drummer and lead singer.
3. Don Henley
Don Henley is the founding member of Eagles. He was the group’s drummer and co-lead vocalist from 1971 to 1980. Henley sang on the band’s classics like “Witchy Woman,” “Desperado,” “Hotel California” and many more.
2. Phil Collins
Collins is an English drummer, singer, and songwriter, best known for his time with the band Genesis, which just underwent their final tour. He started his solo career in 1981 known for his classic “In the Air Tonight.”
1. Taylor Hawkins
The late Taylor Hawkins was a touring drummer for Alanis Morissette before becoming a full-time band member with the Foo Fighters. He was also a lead singer for the up-and-coming rock band, NHC. Hawkins was a big fan of Queen and would often sing their songs during Foo Fighters’ concerts.