Aaron Sterling

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Aaron Sterling
Sterling at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in July 2013
Sterling at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in July 2013
Background information
Born (1980-07-09) July 9, 1980 (age 40)
OriginGarland, Texas, United States
GenresRock, Pop, Country, Jazz, R&B
Occupation(s)Drummer, Producer, Engineer, Session Musician
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, keyboards
Years active2002–present
Associated actsJohn Mayer, Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, The Civil Wars, Richie Sambora, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Glen Campbell, Kris Kristofferson, Alejandro Sanz, Pablo Alborán, Shakira, Lily Allen, Liz Phair, Gavin DeGraw, Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson, and Foreigner

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 is associated with a variety artists, including Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, The Civil Wars, Richie Sambora, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Glen Campbell, Kris Kristofferson, Alejandro Sanz, Pablo Alborán, Shakira, Lily Allen, Liz Phair, Gavin DeGraw, Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson, and Foreigner.[2]

Since 2011, Aaron Sterling has played drums and percussion for recording artist John Mayer. He was the drummer on the Born and Raised and Paradise Valley albums and played in the band for Mayer's 2013–2014 World Tour.[3] Sterling also appeared in the 2012 music video for the single "Queen of California".[4]


Sterling plays a mix of his Sugar Percussion and various vintage drums, Istanbul Agop Cymbals,[5] Pro-mark[6]Drumsticks,[7] Remo Drumheads and DW 5000 Series Pedals.

In 2018, Sterling collaborated with Istanbul Agop to develop his signature "Sterling Crash Ride," a cymbal "rooted in the classic sound of the 1960s."




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
Natalie D-Napoleon Leaving Me Dry Drums, Percussion
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
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


  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 Credits". Aaron Sterling official website. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Features: Interview with Aaron Sterling". Mike Dolbear Drums. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Queen of California". JohnMayerVEVO. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Artists: Aaron Sterling". Istanbul Agop Cymbals website. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Aaron Sterling on Instagram: "@promarkbydaddario #fam"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  7. ^ "Artist Roster: Aaron Sterling". Regal Tip website. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Aaron Sterling Music Credits". AllMusic website. Retrieved 23 July 2014.

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