Visiting Artists, Alumni
Christopher R. Coleman has been playing drums since the ripe old age of 2, sitting on his uncle’s knee in church. He traveled with his father and uncles who performed together in a gospel ensemble. In his youth he practiced relentlessly with the aim of making it big as a drummer.
In Junior high school he earned numerous awards in band competitions, including 1st place for instrumental soloist three years running. He also took top honors in his hometown “Music Appreciation Awards” at the age of 14, and began traveling throughout the country with several gospel groups including (Marvin Winans, Edwin Hawkins, & Vanessa Bell Armstrong)-as well as performing with five jazz/variety/show bands.
In 1999, Chris graduated with honors from the Drummer’s Collective. He was offered a scholarship to Berklee School of Music, was accepted into Manhattan School of Music, and received a recommendation from Ed Soph to attend North Texas State. He opted instead to return to his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan to start full-time ministry & ATW Global. He moved briefly to Cleveland Ohio, to join the instructional staff at “Christian Music Academy”.
On December 8, 2001, Chris was honored to win 1st place in the National Drum Competition sponsored by Guitar Center, which hosted 30,000+ drummers. He then came to Atlanta to study Bass guitar at A.I.M. where he was pleased to accept a position teaching drums.
In addition to his teaching, Chris keeps a busy schedule touring. He has toured with “Pastor Creflo A. Dollar Ministries” throughout the country since June 2002, & has traveled globally with & worship band “Israel and New Breed” since September 2003. Ever on the move, Israel & New Breed had number 1 Billboard hits with “Again I Say Rejoice” & “I am a Friend of God”… The DVD from that recording will be available at the beginning of 2005.
Chris has participated in several major gospel recordings this year (’04’), including Bishop Eddie Long, William Murphy Ministries & others. He plans to record with his band, “The Paradigm” in the very near future.
Things have been on the up & up as of June 2006. Chris is now playing for R&B artist “Rachelle Ferrell”, as well as touring, promoting, & performing with his band. He also has an instructional DVD out entitled “Precision & Power w/ CC”. Chris also participated in the 2005 & 2006 “Drummers 4 Jesus” events. He is recognized in Modern Drummer Magazine Sept’05’ & June’06’ issues.
2007 to current, is ever exploding for Chris. He is now affiliated with Chaka Kahn, Rachelle Ferrell, EnVouge, PussyCat Dolls, Baby Face, Christina Aguilera, Patti Labell, Randy Brecker, New Kids on the Block, NEO, Wayne Brady, Sean Kingston, All 4 One, Ron Brown, Kevin Toney, Oskar Cartaya & Enclave, Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Gungor, Bootsy Collins, Prince, & a host of others. As of Jan of ‘07’, Sonor drums, Meinl Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, & Vic Firth sticks has accepted Chris into their organizations. Hudson Music has recently signed “Precision & Power” to their roster of fine products.
Please call (212) 741-0091 X104 for information on lessons with Chris, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org