Calvin NapperCalvin's Biography

When Calvin was growing up, there was little doubt about what career he would choose, because his talent manifested itself early.

As a toddler, Calvin used to beat on pots and pans with a confident rhythm, a playful foreshadowing of his chosen profession. At age five, he received his first drum set. When he was twelve, he recorded an album with the Napper Singers, a gospel group comprised of his mother and aunts. He began touring with them while still in his teens. Performing in the jazz band and local jazz groups dominated his high school years.

Today Calvin, a self-taught drummer,who is proficient in a variety of styles, has kept to a largely gospel-oriented musical course,working with many well-known professional gospel artists.

A resident of Winston-Salem, NC, he counts his years on the road as his greatest professional achievement and responsible for instilling in him both discipline and endurance. His touring schedule has taken him all across the US,Europe,Africa and  Korea.

As a drummer,Calvin has performed and / or recorded with a great variety of artists covering a wide range of musical styles such as John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir,Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers,Lejeune Thompson, Hezekiah Walker, Rodney Bryant, Rodnie Posey, Bishop T.D. Jakes Potter's House Mass Choir,The Philadephia Mass Choir,CeCe Winans,Rance Allen,Walter Hawkins,Vanessa Bell Armstrong,Karen Clark Sheard,Twinkie Clark,Richard Smallwood,Mandisa, Michael W.Smith,Avalon,Natalie Grant,Sandi Patti, Tarolyn Ramsey, Montel Thomas and the New York State Soul Winners Mass Choir, Men of Standard,Byron Cage,Stephanie Mills,Patti La Belle,Mike Phillps,Brian Simpson,Michael Manson,David Dyson,Lonnie Liston Smith,and many more.

Besides his work as a drummer,Calvin is also involved as a writer and producer. He has two Cd projects,Sticks Of Praise(1999)and Soul Rhythms(2005). He has two Dvd projects as well,Diligent Hands(2004)and Rhythmic Inspiration(2007).

He endorses Tama Drums, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals and Vater Drumsticks.

Calvin is currently working, as well as recording with, up and coming artists and nationally established acts. He is also the assistant musical director and drummer at Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church in Winston-Salem, NC.

Home :: Bio :: Credits :: Discography :: Music :: Photos :: Store :: News :: Itinerary :: Links :: Contact Us

top of page