Aaron Sterling

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Aaron Sterling
Sterling at Red Rocks Amphitheater in July 2013
Sterling at Red Rocks Amphitheater in July 2013
Background information
Born (1980-07-09) July 9, 1980 (age 41)
OriginGarland, Texas, United States
GenresRock, pop, country, jazz
Occupation(s)Drummer, producer, engineer, session musician
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, keyboards
Years active2002–present

Aaron Sterling (born July 9, 1980) is an American drummer, producer, engineer, and session musician who lives in Los Angeles. The son of professional musicians, Sterling grew up in Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to L.A. in 2000.[1] Known for his studio work, Sterling has played on hundreds of records over the past decade and has drummed for John Mayer since 2011,[2] and has recorded for artists such as Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, the Civil Wars, Maren Morris and many, many more.[3]

Sterling was the drummer on Mayer's Born and Raised, Paradise Valley, and Sob Rock albums and played in the band for Mayer's 2013–2014 World Tour,[4] as well as the John Mayer 2019 World Tour.[5] Sterling also appeared in the music videos for "Queen of California",[6] Carry Me Away, and Last Train Home.


Sterling plays a mix of his Sugar Percussion[7] and various vintage drums, Istanbul Agop Cymbals,[8] Pro-mark[9] Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads.[10]




Year Artist Album Instrument
2004 Tomandandy Mean Creek (Motion Picture soundtrack) Drums
Tremolo Love Is the Greatest Revenge Drums, Percussion
2005 Kevin Max The Imposter Drums
Emma Roberts Unfabulous and More Drums
Liz Phair Somebody's Miracle Drums, Percussion
Rosie Thomas If Songs Could Be Held Drums, Percussion
2006 Brooke Fraser Albertine Drums, Percussion
2007 Kalan Porter Wake Up Living Drums
Pat Monahan Last of Seven Drums, Percussion
Kate Voegele Don't Look Away Drums
Jaymay Autumn Fallin' Drums, Percussion
Blake Lewis A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) Drums
2008 Matt Wertz Under Summer Sun Drums
William Fitzsimmons The Sparrow and the Crow Drums, Percussion
Natasha Bedingfield Pocketful of Sunshine Drums
Victor & Leo Nada Es Normal Bateria
Lenka Lenka Drums
Ha*Ash Habitación Doble Bateria
David Archuleta David Archuleta Drums
2009 Landon Pigg The Boy Who Never Drums
Matt Hires Take Us to the Start Drums
Miranda Lee Richards Light of X Drums
Kris Allen Kris Allen Drums
Various Artists Dean Martin: My Kind of Christmas Drums
Caitlin Crosby Flawz Drums, Percussion
El Sueño de Morfeo Cosas que nos hacen sentir bien Bateria
Mat Kearney City of Black & White Drums
Kany García Boleto de Entrada Bateria
Various Artists The Best Is Yet to Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman Drums
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted Drums
Kate Voegele A Fine Mess Drums


Year Artist Album Instrument
2010 Brian Ray This Way Up Drums, Percussion, Shaker
Natasha Bedingfield Strip Me Drums, Percussion
Jason Castro Jason Castro Drums, Percussion
Lucy Woodward Hooked Drums
Donavon Frankenreiter Glow Drums, Boards, Percussion
Dulce María Extranjera: Primera Parte Bateria
Zucchero Chocabeck Drums, Percussion
Rusty Anderson Born on Earth Drums
Alex, Jorge y Lena Alex, Jorge Y Lena Bateria
Paty Cantú Afortunadamente No Eres Tú Bateria
2011 Pixie Lott Young Foolish Happy Drums
Kimberly Caldwell Without Regret Drums, Percussion
Leonel García Bateria
Gavin DeGraw Sweeter Drums
Dia Frampton Red Drums
Gabe Dixon One Spark Drums, Percussion
Matt Nathanson Modern Love Drums, Percussion
Various Artists Listen to Me: Buddy Holly Drums, Percussion
Foreigner Jukebox Heroes Drums
Glen Campbell Ghost on the Canvas Drums
Foreigner Feels Like the First Time Drums
Dulce María Extranjera: Segunda Parte Bateria
Trevor Hall Everything Everytime Everywhere Drums
Ha*Ash A Tiempo Bateria
2012 Regina Spektor What We Saw from the Cheap Seats Drums, Mariachi Arrangement, Percussion
Meiko The Bright Side Drums
Natalie D-Napoleon Leaving Me Dry Drums, Percussion
Cast of Nashville The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1 Brushes
Kris Allen Thank You Camellia Drums
Taylor Swift Red Drums
Haley Reinhart Listen Up! Drums
Whitney Wolanin Let's Be Honest Pt. 1 Drums
Alejandro Sanz La Música No Se Toca (En Vivo) Bateria
Kany García Kany García Bateria
Selena Enamorada de Ti Bateria
Eme 15 EME-15 Bateria
Ednita Nazario Desnuda Bateria
Antonio Orozco D1ez Bateria
John Mayer Born and Raised Drums, Percussion
Richie Sambora Aftermath of the Lowdown Drums, Percussion
2013 The Civil Wars The Civil Wars Cymbals, Drums
Sara Bareilles The Blessed Unrest Drums, Percussion
Joseph Arthur The Ballad of Boogie Christ Drums
Brett Dennen Smoke and Mirrors Congas, Drums Percussion
Various Artists Red: Taylor Swift Karaoke Drums
The Band Perry Pioneer Drums
John Mayer Paradise Valley Drums, Percussion
Emblem3 Nothing to Lose Drums
Natalie Maines Mother Drums
Steve Martin Love Has Come for You Cajon, Drums, Hand Clapping, Percussion
Gungor I Am Mountain Drums, Percussion
Cassadee Pope Frame by Frame Drums
Kris Kristofferson Feeling Mortal Drums
Carlos Baute En el Buzon de Tu Corazón Bateria, Engineer
Cristian Castro En Primera Filla: Día 1 (Live album) Bateria
2014 David Bisbal Tú y Yo Bateria
Pablo Alboran Terral Bateria
Lily Allen Sheezus Drum Engineering, Drums
Shakira Shakira Drums
Dan Wilson Love Without Fear Drums
Various Artists Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (Motion Picture soundtrack) Drums
Foreigner I Want to Know What Love Is: The Ballads Drums
Cristian Castro En Primera Filla: Día 2 (Live album) Bateria
2019 Eva Celia Lifeline: Introduction [id] Drums
2019 Harry Styles Fine Line Drums & Percussion


Year Artist Album Instrument
2021 John Mayer Sob Rock Drums
Nick Johnston Young Language Drums


  1. ^ "Meet the Band – Aaron Sterling, Drummer". John Mayer official website. Archived from the original on 7 August 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Aaron Sterling". Drummerworld. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "Aaron Sterling | Credits". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Features: Interview with Aaron Sterling". Mike Dolbear Drums. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/B2nC7cUF_Fj/
  6. ^ "Queen of California". JohnMayerVEVO. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  7. ^ "FAMILY".
  8. ^ "Artists: Aaron Sterling". Istanbul Agop Cymbals website. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Aaron Sterling on Instagram: "@promarkbydaddario #fam"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-24. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  10. ^ "Aaron Sterling".
  11. ^ "Aaron Sterling Music Credits". AllMusic website. Retrieved 23 July 2014.

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