Shay Godwin |

Shay Godwin

Shay Godwin

Los Angeles-based drummer Shay Godwin has a love for, and is influenced by, many styles of music. Shay provides master-quality, custom drum tracks to songwriters and commercial composers worldwide through his website His happy global family of clients have come from France, Great Britain, Germany, Portugal, Venezuela, India, Canada, the United States and elsewhere. To see a Mercedes advertisement Shay played drums on go to


Shay is a member of Thomas Nicholas Band, who released the album "Heroes Are Human" on June 1, 2010. He is also a member of The Dirty Diamond, an eclectic yet hard-rocking outfit.


Raised in the tiny New York State town of Trumansburg, Shay was exposed to classical music at an early age. His father, Angus Godwin, was a voice Professor at nearby Ithaca College School of Music. Shay began playing drums in high school with punk rock band Wire Crickets and attracted the attention of SST Records before the band was suddenly dissolved. Soon after Shay began immersing himself in jazz, classic rock, R&B, progressive rock and other styles. After studying with legendary mallet percussionist Gordon Stout at Ithaca College and earning a bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance, Shay honed his drum kit skills on cruise ships before moving to Los Angeles.


In addition to being the founder of eDrumSessions, Shay has been blessed to perform and/or record with a variety of interesting independent and major label acts. Music has taken Shay around the world, particularly with legendary Persian artist Siavash Ghomayshi. Shay also toured the U.S. and Canada playing with the opening act for Sarah Mclachlan's 2004 Afterglow Tour. National television appearances include The Sharon Osbourne Show, MTV's Advance Warning, The Daily Buzz, and The Late Late Show.


A partial list of artists Shay Godwin has performed or recorded with includes:

Rama Duke (Hollywood Records)

Butterfly Boucher (Interscope Records)

Charlotte Martin (RCA Records)

Phil Woods

Bo Bice (American Idol finalist)

Paul Freeman (Arista)

JB and The Rebellion

Yogi Lonich (Chris Cornell, Buckcherry)

Jay Ruston (Producer/Engineer)

Ken Andrews

James Blunt (Atlantic)

Tim Carmon (Eric Clapton, Marcus Miller)

Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea)

Doug Webb (Freddie Hubbard, Carly Simon)

Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Band, Paul Simon)

Yogi Lonich (Chris Cornell, Buckcherry)

Wayne Shorter

Gannon Arnold (Taylor Hawkins, John Tesh)

Elliott Yamin (American Idol finalist)

Brooke White (American Idol finalist)

Gap Mangione

Michael Bluestein (Foreigner/ Stevie Nicks)

Siavash Ghomayshi

Cliff Magness (Producer, Avril Lavigne)

Janet Robin (Lindsay Buckingham)

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