Byron Vann

Byron Vann

On August 4, 1988 Byron Vann was born into a musically inclined family in Longview Texas. He would follow his dad to choir rehearsals and he would love to watch his mother and uncle play piano. Byron would beat on pots and pans whenever there was good music playing. His family knew at that point he would be a drummer, so they bought him his first drum set for his sixth birthday. From that day on Byron’s ear and love for music grew. Without any music lessons, some say he was self taught, others would say it’s a gift from God. During Byron’s school days he was involved in everything that was music, from music classes to Marching band. At the age of seven, Byron moved with his family to Baltimore Maryland. He then started to understand and appreciate music even more because he developed a skill for Piano. Byron starts playing drums in church at the Community Baptist Church in Jessup, Maryland. Year 1998 Byron was offered by Shirley Berkley to play drums in front of thousands every Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden where John K Jenkins Sr. is pastor. He also started to play keys at other smaller churches on the side. During his years at First Baptist Glenarden, Byron had the opportunity to play with Stephen Hurd as his minister of music. The church sent him to the Gospel Music Workshop of America for his first time. This step in Byron’s music career gave him nothing but opportunity and exposure. Byron has met and/or played with many Gospel Artists such as John P. Kee, Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, Fred Hammond Yolanda Adams, Stephen Hurd, The Pace Sister, Kurt Carr, Edwin Hawkins, J.J. Hairston, Jonathan Nelson, Virtue, Maurette Brown Clark and More. While Byron was living in the Baltimore area he would gig every week between Baltimore, DC, and Virginia and would shed with other drummers like Aaron Spears and Jamal Moore.

After ten years in Maryland Byron moved his talent to Atlanta in 2006. Since he moved to the ATL, Byron has been playing at all kinds of gigs and doing all styles of music, with Gospel, R&B, Soul and Jazz being his favorites. There are some drum legends that have influenced Byron. To name a few: Calvin Rodgers, John Blackwell, Chris Coleman, Tony Royster, Aaron Spears, Eddie Heyward, Gerald Heyward, Sheila E, John Cloyd and Dennis Chambers. Music is a love that Byron has, and will always have. Byron believes that music is what feelings sound like. Byron wishes to spread his musical gifts throughout the world.

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