Yamaha Drums announces the signings of Corey Fonville and Wendell Holmes Jr. to the Yamaha Artists roster. Both artists have already marked milestones in their careers as recognizable and accomplished contemporary drummers.
At the age of 25, Fonville is touring with the Nicholas Payton Trio and is a member of the Christian Scott Quintet. Fonville has been drumming since the age of two. Almost immediately after completing his studies at The Brubeck Institute, he began traveling the world with notable artists such as Nicholas Payton, Jacky Terrasson, and Christian Scott. Fonville also has his own band, Butcher Brown, which toured the West Coast in 2012 and 2014. He says he plans to continue recording with them as he expands his national fan base. He chooses to play a Yamaha Live Custom drum set with 700 series hardware.
“Being part of the family is a homecoming experience for me, because I’ve always played Yamaha drums growing up,” Fonville says. “The communication here is top notch, and the Yamaha team is always around to assist me no matter where in the world I’m playing.”
Solo artist Holmes plays country, jazz, rock, fusion, gospel, R&B, blues, bluegrass, reggae, and funk styles. His two solo albums are Lewis Ave and Above It All. Taking up the drums as a toddler, Holmes says he developed his sound over the years as a drummer at his church in Mississippi. During his professional career, he has performed alongside Kip Moore, Tab Benoit, JT Hodges, Regina Belle, Brownstone, and Karen Clark Sheard, among others; he currently tours with Big Machine Country Artist Ryan Follese. Holmes performs worldwide on Absolute Hybrid Maple drums and 800 series hardware.
“I have been a fan of Yamaha drums since my early childhood,” Holmes says. “It’s what I grew up playing. I’m thrilled to join this team and a company that offers everything a drummer could possibly need!”