Shannon Forrest

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Shannon Forrest
Born (1973-08-22) August 22, 1973 (age 47)
Easley, South Carolina, U.S.
GenresRock music, country music
Associated actsToto, The Dukes of September

Shannon Forrest (born August 22, 1973 in Easley, South Carolina[1]) is an American drummer and percussionist known primarily for his session work. As a session drummer, he has contributed to the work of many well-known artists, and he is also a producer and engineer. Additionally, he was the drummer of Toto from 2015 to 2020.


Session work[edit]

Forrest began his career working with his father Otis Forrest at The Sounding Board Studio in Easley, SC. There he recorded many projects with traditional southern Gospel and local country artists. He moved on to work as a Nashville session musician, where Forrest has been involved in the recording of successful albums by Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, Willie Nelson, Ricky Skaggs, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Jerry Douglas, Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw, Josh Turner, Toby Keith, Alabama, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Rogers and many others.[2]


Forrest has been a touring musician with Toto since 2015, taking the place of Keith Carlock.[3] Forrest performed with Toto in 2009 when they were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville [2] and he cites Jeff Porcaro and Lenny Castro as his biggest influences.

Dukes of September[edit]

From 2010 to 2012, Forrest played with Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, and Donald Fagen on their Dukes of September tours.[3]


Forrest currently plays Pearl Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion. Previously, he was the sole exclusive artist for the Brady Drum Company. For his work with Toto, Forrest used a Brady Jarrah Ply drum kit with a red sparkle finish, which was mounted on a Pearl Icon rack.[4]

Forrest also plays Gon Bops Mariano Congas, Mariano bongos, and Mariano Djembes.[1]


  • Academy of Country Music Award for Drummer of the Year (seven times)[5]


This section presents a partial list of albums to which Forrest has contributed.






  1. ^ a b "Bio: Shannon Forrest". Gon Bops. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Shannon Forrest..." Drummerworld. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Dawson, Michael. "Toto's Shannon Forrest". Modern Drummer Magazine. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Elliott, Bart (October 17, 2014). "Nashville Drummer, Shannon Forrest, Touring with Toto". Drummer Cafe. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Studio Recording Awards". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved June 14, 2017.

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