Sonny Emory performing with Jeff Lorber Fusion in Warszawa, Poland on August 4, 2012
|Genres||R&B, soul, Jazz|
|Associated acts||Earth, 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.
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.
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.
He will be a member of Eric Clapton’s band for a three-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2019.
Emory currently lectures as an adjunct professor in Applied Percussion at Georgia State University.
- Drummerworld entry.