Session Drummer Extraordinaire, Sonny Emory

Sonny Emory is an “A” list session and live drummer. Photo courtesy of

There are plenty of professional drummers you probably haven’t heard about but have seen with all sorts of big names. One of those drummers is Sonny Emory. Granted he’s made quite a name for himself as a session and live drummer, plus he puts on a slammin’ live solo on stage. He’s played with groups like Earth, Wind & Fire, Bette Midler, Steely Dan, and Bruce Hornsby just to name a few. I thought it would be cool to shine the spotlight on this great drummer so you can see just how good he is behind the kit. I hope you enjoy the videos as much as I did!

Sonny Emory puts on a great show, so when he was playing with Earth, Wind & Fire, the band made room for some big solos from Sonny to show a little bit. One of the those solos can be enjoyed at

Sonny has made a lot of friends in the music industry and probably plays gigs with them fairly often. Check out Sonny with Guitarist Lee Ritenour at

Lastly, Sonny had a long standing gig with pianist Bruce Hornsby as well. I thought you would enjoy this cool solo from Sonny with Bruce’s group at

I hope you enjoyed checking out professional drummer Sonny Emory. He’s been very active in the music scene, playing with some of the “A” listers in the industry. There’s more coming your way at Play Drums By Ear so stay tuned.



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