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Aaron Sterling

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Aaron Sterling
Sterling at Red Rocks Amphitheater in 2013
Sterling at Red Rocks Amphitheater in 2013
Background information
Born (1980-07-09) July 9, 1980 (age 44)
OriginGarland, Texas, United States
GenresRock, pop, country, jazz
Occupation(s)Drummer, producer, engineer, session musician
Instrument(s)Drums, 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 and Nashville, Tennessee. The son of professional musicians, Sterling grew up in Texas and Nashville, 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, Harry Styles, Post Malone, Lana Del Rey, Madison Cunningham, Keith Urban, Ben Rector, Lizzy McAlpine, 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 and 2022 world tours [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 Sugar Percussion[7] and various vintage drums, Istanbul Agop Cymbals,[8] Pro-mark[9] Drumsticks and Evans Drumheads.





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
2020 Shawn Mendes Wonder Drums
Pablo Alborán Vertigo Drums, Engineer
Various Artists Ven A Cantar [Chorus Tik Tok 3] Drum
Pablo López Unikornio Once Millones De Versos Despues De Ti Drums
Dustin Lynch Tullahoma Drums, Drum Engineering
Caitlyn Smith Supernova Drums, Percussion
Russell Dickerson Southern Symphony Drums
Various Artists Soundtrack to Summer 2020 Drums, Recording
Caylee Hammack Small Town Hypocrite Drums, Engineer, Percussion
Various Artists Pride Month Drums
Noah Schnacky Noah Schnacky EP Drums
Various Artists NOW Country: Songs of Inspiration, Vol. 2 Drums
Kane Brown Mixtape, Vol. 1 Drums, Percussion
Caylee Hammack If It Wasn't for You Drums, Engineer, Percussion
Rascal Flatts How They Remember You Drums, Recording
Various Artists Hope: Songs of Love and Strength Drums
Lee Brice Hey World Drums, Engineer
Niall Horan Heartbreak Weather Drums, Percussion
Lindsay Ell Heart Theory Drums
Rhett Walker Good to Me Drums, Engineer, Percussion
Noah Schnacky Feels Like Love Drums
Noah Schnacky Comeback Drums
Various Artists Big Machine Dance Party Drums, Percussion
Various Artists Best of the Year 2020 Drums, Percussion
Year Artist Album Instrument
2021 Quinn Sullivan Wide Awake Drums, Percussion
Lady A What a Song Can Do Drums
Brett Young Weekends Look a Little Different These Days Drums, Percussion
James Blunt The Stars Beneath My Feet [2004-2021] Drums
Tomorrow X Together The Chaos Chapter: Freeze Drums, Engineer
Tomorrow X Together The Chaos Chapter: Fight or Escape Drums, Engineer
Various Artists The Jesus Music Soundtrack Drums
John Mayer Sob Rock Drums, Percussion
Mickey Guyton Remember Her Name Drums, Percussion
Taylor Swift Red [Taylor's Version] Drum, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, Programming, Recording
Callista Clark Real to Me Drums
TobyMac Promised Land Drums
Antonio Orozco Pedacitos De Mi Drums
Niall Horan Niall's Mix Drums, Percussion
Anne Wilson My Jesus [Live in Nashville] Drums
Crowder / Anne Wilson My Jesus Drums
Dierks Bentley Make My World Go Black Drums
Laci Kaye Booth Laci Kaye Booth Drums, Percussion
Fitz Head Up High Drums
Antonio José Fenix Drums, Recording
Explorer Tapes Explorer Tapes Drums, Percussion
JP Saxe Dangerous Levels of Introspection Drums
Various Artists Cozy Christmas [November, 2021] Drums, Engineer, Percussion
Lana Del Rey Chemtrails over the Country Club Bongos, Drums, Tambourine
Tomorrow X Together Chaotic Wonderland [09-11-2021] Drums, Engineer
Various Artists Best Country Valentine's Day Drums, Percussion
Jordan Smith Be Still & Know Engineer, Drums, Percussion, Programming
David Bisbal 20 Anos Contigo Drums
Alfred García 1997 Drums, Recording
Sam Hunt 23 Drums, Percussion
Nick Johnston Young Language Drums
Year Artist Album Instrument
2022 Ben Rector Wonderful World Percussion, Piano
Nick Phoenix Wide World Drums
Ben Rector What Makes a Man Drums, Percussion
Tyler Dial Way Back When Drums, Percussion, Recording
Tears for Fears The Tipping Point Drums
TobyMac The Goodness Drums
Maggie Rogers Surrender Drums
Keith Urban Street Called Main Drums
Brett Eldredge Songs About You Drums, Percussion
Madeline Merlo Slide Drums
Various Artists Sing 2 [Original Soundtrack] Drums
Madison Cunningham Revealer Drums, Percussion
Taylor Swift Red [Taylor’s Version]: The Slow Motion Chapter Drums, Percussion, Programming, Recording
Taylor Swift Red [Taylor’s Version]: Could You Be the One Chapter Drums, Percussion, Programming, Recording
Sheryl Crow / TobyMac Promised Land Drums
Anne Wilson My Jesus Drums
Various Artists Momento Relax Drums
TobyMac Life After Death Drum, Drums, Percussion
Brett Young In Case You Didn't Know: The Love Songs Drums
Danielle Bradbery In Between: The Collection Drums, Percussion
Brett Eldredge I Feel Fine Drums, Percussion
Niall Horan Hello Lovers Mix Drums, Percussion
Abbey Cone Hate Me Drums, Percussion, Recording
Dierks Bentley Gold Drums, Percussion
TobyMac Everything About You Drums
Amos Lee Dreamland Drums
Chayce Beckham Doin' It Right Drums
Carrie Underwood Denim & Rhinestones Drums, Percussion
Blessing Offor Brighter Days Drums, Percussion
Dustin Lynch Blue in the Sky Drums, Drum Engineering, Engineer
Brooke Annibale Better by Now Engineer, Drums, Percussion
Chris Tomlin Always Drums, Percussion
Andrea Bocelli / Matteo Bocelli / Virginia Bocelli A Family Christmas Percussion
Year Artist Album Instrument
2023 Carly Pearce We Don't Fight Anymore Drums, Percussion
P!nk Trustfall Drums, Engineer
Antonio Orozco Tocar el Corazon Drums
Joseph The Sun Drums, Engineer, Percussion
Cody Fry Symphonic Drums, Percussion
Tomorrow X Together Sweet Drums, Engineer
Claud Supermodels Drums, Percussion
Scot Sier Space and Other Things Drums, Engineer
Joy Oladokun Proof of Life Drums, Percussion
Jordyn Shellhart Primrose Drums, Percussion
Blessing Offor My Tribe Drums, Percussion
Dierks Bentley Gravel & Gold Drums, Percussion, Programming
Wilder Woods Fever/Sky Drums, Percussion
Brett Young Dance With You Drums
Danielle Bradbery Behind the Songs: In Between - The Collection 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". Drummerworld. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "Aaron Sterling | Credits". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Features: Interview with Aaron Sterling". Mike Dolbear Drums. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  5. ^ "John Mayer 💎 on Instagram: "This was the tour where all the pieces fell into place. The first tour without an album behind it, and a giant leap of faith that these songs could still matter after their time as chart contenders. You came, and you sang, and danced and wiped away tears and took inventory of what you had and what you'd lost, and all that's left to discover, and I was thinking the same things right along with you, every night. Dead and Company taught me the "we" of you and me. The "we" of a band. This most excellent, loving band. "We used to play for silver, now we play for life." We're off to Europe to play some very exciting shows soon, but not before thinking back on what - and who - you've shown to me. Thank you."".
  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 Music Credits". AllMusic website. Retrieved 23 July 2014.