Sonny Emory

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Sonny Emory
Sonny Emory performing with Jeff Lorber Fusion in Warszawa, Poland on August 4, 2012
Background information
GenresR&B, soul, Jazz
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Years active1983-present
Associated actsEarth, Wind & Fire

Sonny Emory (born December 23, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter and percussionist. Emory is a former member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. As well he has worked with artistes such as Steely Dan, Bruce Hornsby, and the B-52's.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Sonny Emory is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who received his first drum set at the age of five. He eventually went on to attend Frederick Douglass High School. After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz and Classical Performance Emory began his career as a professional percussionist.[3][4][1]

Professional career[edit]

At first Emory played the drums on keyboardist Joe Sample's 1983 LP Roles. He then featured as a drummer on guitarist Bruce Hampton's 1984 album Arkansas. Emory went on join the band Earth, Wind & Fire during 1987.[4][2]

He also played on saxophonist Brandon Fields 1988 album The Traveler. Emory then featured alongside Eric Clapton and David Sanborn on the soundtrack of the 1989 feature film Lethal Weapon 2.[4]

As well Emory played the drums on The B52s 1989 LP Cosmic Thing.[5]

He will be a member of Eric Clapton’s band for a three-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2019.

Teaching career[edit]

Emory currently lectures as an adjunct professor in Applied Percussion at Georgia State University.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Sonny Emory: Earth, Wind And Love".
  2. ^ a b c "Sonny Emory".
  3. ^ "Bio".
  4. ^ a b c "Sonny Emory".
  5. ^ "The B52s: Cosmic Thing".

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