Sheldon Reed has given his life to the drums - in 2017, they saved his. On the drive home from a late night gig in Los Angeles, a drunk driver broadsided his motorcycle. His cymbal bag shielded the impact and although his bike was totaled, he walked away unharmed.
Born in Houston, Shell grew up playing alongside older musicians in the citys contemporary gospel scene. By 15 he was performing multiple services every Sunday to church congregations numbering in the thousands. During this formative period, he studied jazz at Houstons renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and proceeded on to Berklee College of Music, where he completed his B.M. in Music Business Management and Professional Music with a Drumset Principle.
A dedicated student of a broad spectrum of drumming styles, Shells voice on the instrument took shape - a dense, powerful, crisp touch - an achingly deep, consistent pocket - thoughtful, intuitive deployment of negative space, and the capability for blinding speed in the extreme. Drawing on his upbringing in Gospel, 00s Neo-Soul, and Straight ahead Jazz he applied those rudiments as he pursued other styles and adapted to new gigs, incorporating elements of rock, pop, indie, and folk drumming into his tool-kit. His philosophy demands total immersion and authenticity in any given style the the gig demands, but his sound is unmistakable.
Now based in LA, Shell works relentlessly, both in town and on the road. In the past several years, hes toured North America and Europe with Haley Reinhart (Pop), Gothic Tropic (Indie Rock), Balto (Rock), Doe Paoro (alt-Pop), Lucy & La Mer (Indie-Folk), and others. An in-demand session player, hes appeared on recordings and viral videos with artists from Kurt Hugo Schneider (American music producer & filmmaker) to Postmodern Jukebox, and is a featured performer on USC music chair Ron McCurdys Langston Hughes Project.
Shell endorses Canopus Drums, Zildjan Cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks.