Jonathan “J Drum” Chaffen |

Jonathan “J Drum” Chaffen

Jonathan “J Drum” Chaffen

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Jonathan “J Drum” Chaffen is the third and final born to a family of three sons. Music runs deep through his blood, as his mother and father are both musically inclined along with his two older brothers. For as far back as he can remember, J Drum always knew he loved playing the drums since he first picked up a pair of drumsticks at the age of two; however, it took his older brother, Michael, to help him truly tap into that passion and to finally persuading their father to purchase him his very first drum set at the age of ten. At the age of twelve is when he got his first start in church.
Fast forward to adulthood, J Drum is now playing for multiple entities and writing songs as well. He plays for Overcoming Believers Church, Emerald Academy, and is a guest drummer at Bridge Church. Also, he is rising upon graduation time from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville come the year of 2020. He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Remembering what his mother has always told him growing up and still tells him, “Son, your gifts will make room for you. Just keep God first,” is something he holds near and dear to his heart. Getting behind a drum kit has always been and is his constant way of escape from the circumstances of life and is his purest form of self-expression. God is kept first is his life no matter what. Rock and praise and worship are his favorite genres to play but doesn’t define his ability to play numerous genres.

“I am Rockstar drummer with the intentions of using my God-given gifts to travel and play all over the world, warm hearts, and empower nations.”
Being faith-driven and optimistic are two characteristics that plays an astronomical part in who J Drum truly is. From adolescence to adulthood, he has always carried at least one pair of drumsticks with him wherever he goes if he is wearing a backpack. No matter the adversity, he always finds his way to some drums and pour out his heart with every stroke of his drum sticks. As he would say in many endings of conversations and motivational speaking snippets, “Rockstar Up Rockstar Out (#RURO) ... God bless.”

My Soultone Set: 

14" Custom Brilliant Hi Hat Pair
20" Natural Ride
17" FXO 12
18” Custom Brilliant Crash
18” Natural Prototype Crash
18” FXO 12 Crash
10” Custom Brilliant splash