June 1, 1963 |
Kansas City, Missouri, US
|Associated acts||Saturday Night Live Band, House of Diablo, The Cringe|
Shawn Pelton is an American drummer and percussionist. He has recorded with a wide range of artists and has been a first call[further explanation needed] player since moving to New York in the late 1980s.
Known for his great feel, deep soulful pocket and a high level of musicianship across a broad range of styles, Shawn has recorded with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant, Ingrid Michaelson, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Pink, Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, Five For Fighting, Michelle Branch, Regina Spektor, Tears for Fears, Citizen Cope, Matisyahu, Jonatha Brooke, David Byrne, Edie Brickell, Marc Cohn, Richie Havens, Joan Osborne, Hall and Oates, Odetta, Pavarotti, Phillip Phillips, George Michael, Carly Simon, Dixie Chicks, Chris Botti and Buddy Guy, and has played on several Grammy winning albums for artists including Ray Charles, The Brecker Brothers, Shakira, Shawn Colvin, Les Paul and the Hank Williams tribute album with Bob Dylan.
Such a broad discography shows a rare ability to be at home playing on a top ten track by Pink, recording with Jazz legend Abbey Lincoln or an icon like Bob Dylan. Shawn is also the longtime drummer in the house band for the NBC TV network's sketch comedy and music program Saturday Night Live.
Pelton was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
"I grew up always banging on things," Pelton said describing his childhood. His first real musical instrument was a cello in 5th grade. But he "bailed as soon as possible to the drums," Pelton said. "I was running around doing gigs at 14, which was a great situation, to actually be in a band that young. The sooner you start making music with other people the better." 
In 1985, Pelton earned a bachelor's degree and a Performer's Certificate after his studies at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, according to Drummerworld. While there, Pelton studied with Kenny Aronoff, who at the time was drummer for John Mellencamp, Drummerworld reported. Mellencamp lives just a short distance away from Bloomington. During summer break, Pelton sought out experts elsewhere. "I also had the privilege of hanging with Alan Dawson for a couple of summers," he told Edge. The Massachusetts-based Dawson, legendary in the jazz world, may best be known as an early teacher of Tony Williams—drummer for Miles Davis.
During his time as a student, Pelton taught for a brief period as well as conducted private drum lessons. One of his students was Pete Wilhoit, who would later become a member of Fiction Plane, the opening act for The Police on their 2007 reunion global tour.
Saturday Night Live
Pelton is also a founding member of the NYC-based band The Cringe.
|Album Title||Artist||Year Released|
|Out Of The Loop||Brecker Brothers||1994|
|Picture Perfect Morning||Edie Brickell||1994|
|A Few Small Repairs||Shawn Colvin||1996|
|Live! The Real Deal||Buddy Guy||1996|
|Midnight Without You||Chris Botti||1997|
|Little Ship||Loudon Wainwright III||1997|
|Marigold Sky||Hall & Oates||1997|
|Fool's Parade||Peter Wolf||1998|
|Burning The Daze||Marc Cohn||1998|
|Blues Everywhere I Go||Odetta||1999|
|Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute||with Bob Dylan||2001|
|Look into the Eyeball||David Byrne||2001|
|Whole New You||Shawn Colvin||2001|
|How Sweet It Is||Joan Osborne||2002|
|What If It All Means Something||Chantal Kreviazuk||2002|
|C'mon, C'mon||Sheryl Crow||2002|
|How Sweet It Is||Joan Osborne||2002|
|Hotel Paper||Michelle Branch||2003|
|C'mon America (Live DVD)||Sheryl Crow||2003|
|Genius Loves Company||Ray Charles||2004|
|Just Like There's Nothin' to It||Steve Forbert||2004|
|The Battle for Everything||Five for Fighting||2004|
|The Clarence Greenwood Recordings||Citizen Cope||2004|
|Earth Tones||Charlie Hunter||2005|
|The Legend (Columbia)||Johnny Cash||2005|
|All I Really Want For Christmas||Steven Curtis Chapman||2005|
|These Four Walls||Shawn Colvin||2006|
|Black Cadillac||Rosanne Cash||2006|
|Begin to Hope||Regina Spektor||2006|
|Can't Quit the Blues||Buddy Guy||2006|
|I'm Not Dead||P!nk||2006|
|Oral Fixation, Vols. 1-2||Shakira||2006|
|Secret World||Tears for Fears||2006|
|Separate Ways||Teddy Thompson||2006|
|Stand Still, Look Pretty||The Wreckers||2006|
|Home For Christmas||Hall & Oates||2006|
|Sleepless (Peter Wolf album)||Peter Wolf||2007|
|My December||Kelly Clarkson||2007|
|Abbey Sings Abbey||Abbey Lincoln||2007|
|Forever Ray Charles||Ray Charles||2007|
|Hits and Rarities||Sheryl Crow||2007|
|The Best of Van Morrison, Vol. 3||Van Morrison||2007|
|Les Paul and Friends: Tribute to a Legend||Les Paul||2008|
|Bleu Pétrole||Alain Bashung||2008|
|Nobody Left to Crown||Richie Havens||2008|
|The List||Rosanne Cash||2009|
|Greatest Hits... So Far!!!||P!nk||2010|
|The Essential Rosanne Cash||Rosanne Cash||2011|
|The Complete EP Collection||James McCartney||2011|
|Human Again||Ingrid Michaelson||2012|
|The World from the Side of the Moon||Phillip Phillips||2012|
|Living in Color||Alexz Johnson||2013|
- Earthworks Audio Artist's page, Retrieved on 2012-09-18.
- Sheryl Crow official website, Retrieved on 2009-04-23.
- "Shawn Pelton Artist Page". Zildjian. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Mackey, Dave. SNL band fansite, Retrieved on 2009-04-23
- "New York State of Mind: Shawn Pelton", DW Edge Magazine. 2004. Retrieved on 2009-04-23.
- Graham, Andy (15 July 2007). "Stranger than Fiction". Herald Times. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Hichak, Paul G. of rhythmtech.com, "Live from New York, It's Shawn Pelton", Drummerworld, Retrieved on 2009-04-23.
- Vater. , Retrieved on 2010-02-25