5 Drummerszone artists - Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood
United States
Elijah Wood is a young professional session drummer. At age fifteen he toured regularly with his parents Mark Wood and Laura Kaye as part of their Electrify Your Strings! music education program, which was featured on "The Today Show" in December 2010.

Elijah Wood is a member of the band Coldest Fall, whose second album was release in 2011. Because the band is located in Turkey, all of Elijah Wood's drum recording was done via the internet.

Says Elijah: "When I was very young I started to bang on pots and pans. That must have been a sign! Later I chose the drums as my main instrument and I've been playing for about eight years now. My work with my parents has been more than interesting and has opened up many doors for me! Just last year, I was disappointed that I couldn't write songs and compose music, because drums are not a melodic instrument. Then I started playing piano, guitar, and most recently have taken up singing. Now I'm a one man band! My real key to success is staying focused, practicing, and never giving up on your dream."

In January 2011 Elijah Wood performed at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, on the main stage.

Elijah Wood has been surrounded by music and the arts throughout their entire life. Elijah's grandfather was a painter, grandmother a concert pianist, mother a professional vocalist, and father a violinist and founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Elijah is currently touring with Shania Twain on her "Now" tour which travels North America, into Europe, Australia and New Zealand until the end of 2018. In 2015, at only 19 years old, Elijah landed the coveted position as Shania's new drummer for her Rock This Country arena tour, which encompassed 75 shows in the US and Canada. The tour lasted 6 months, reached over 1 million people, and at its peak was the 4th highest grossing summer tour after Taylor Swift. The media focused heavily on Elijah as the youngest member of Shania's band, and a feature in Drum Magazine heralds them as a "19 year old stadium veteran."

Elijah's first professional opportunity came at age 14 when they became the drummer for their parents' groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings™ (EYS). Today, Elijah tours regularly with EYS and has become a mentor and role model to the students participating in the program. As part of EYS, Elijah was featured on NBC's The Today Show, CBS Evening News, and many others. In addition, as a member of The Mark Wood Experience (their parent's touring band), they perform with symphony orchestras around the world.

In 2014, Elijah became the house drummer for Season 9 of NBC-TV's hit TV show America's Got Talent, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and was featured on camera numerous times due to their captivating performance style. Videos can be found here. At the conclusion of the season, Elijah was hired as the drummer for the AGT Live! residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Elijah continues to perform with contestants in live and studio capacities. In 2016, Elijah started working with Grace VanderWaal during live rounds. Elijah saw her potential since day one and was not surprised when she went on to win season 11. Elijah continued to work with Grace, appearing on Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, The Talk, and more. Elijah performed with Grace on her first headlining tour in 2018.

Elijah is also the drummer for OrKeystra, a prog rock super group created by Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess. The group debuted at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show, performing twice daily at the Korg USA booth. The group is currently working on an album release. Check out a video here.

Elijah is an accomplished studio musician with extensive experience in a variety of recording environments, and has also written and produced their own music.