The epitome of a seasoned music professional, Curtis Fondren is a master percussionist having performed in various genres with adept musicians and singers including Fontella Bass, David Peaston, Dionne Warwick, Lester Bowie, Tramaine Hawkins, Rev. Jessy Dixon, The Barrett Sisters, Rev. James Cleveland, Vanessa Bell Armstong, Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Operation Push Choir, Albertina Walker and Kim McFarland to name a few.
In over 3 decades, Curtis developed and perfected his craft while playing on numerous recordings of the Reverend Clay Evans and the Fellowship Baptist Church Choir, Dr. Charles G. Hayes and the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir (including the Gold selling Jesus Can Work It Out LP), Gospel Music Legends Donald and Geraldine Gay, Rev. Calvin Bridges and a host of others. Those recordings led to the doors of opportunity which would take him across the United States and abroad.
Today, Curtis serves as an integral part of the musical dream team at the Christian Tabernacle Church Baptist, accompanying the famed Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir, under the leadership of Gospel Music icon Pastor Maceo L. Woods. In addition, Curtis served as part of the musical staff of Chicago’s renowned Black Ensemble Theater under the leadership of Jackie Taylor. He has been featured on both the Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue Shows as well as WGN Morning News and Fox Thing in the Morning.
In his capacity as lyricist and songwriter, his music has been recorded by David Peaston as well as placement in a full length feature film. Curtis is in the process of working on several music and film projects while completing his first volume of “Heart Songs and Other Melodies”.
Curtis is endorsed by Soultone cymbals.
Twinkie Clark Unplugged - http://youtu.be/2YoV9XueWx4
Fontella Bass at Porretta Soul Festival 2000 - http://youtu.be/WieFHYC_rOE
David Peaston Special Lady - http://youtu.be/TOyOy0EBJ6M
David Peaston Hello - http://youtu.be/xxePV0N1Dg8
20" Custom Brilliant Ride
16" Custom Brilliant Crash
14" Custom Brilliant Hi Hat Pair
10" Extreme Splash
18" Gospel Crash
16" Gospel Crash
15" Extreme Crash