Steve Aho can best be described as an all-in-one music go-to guy of the 21st century. Be it as a musician, producer, music director, conductor, arranger, engineer, or general music tech geek, he executes everything with thoughtfully tailored expertise and panache, making himself an indispensable part of every project in which he is involved.

Steve Aho

His playing and music production have appeared in feature film soundtracks, national TV broadcasts such as The Jay Leno Show, PBS Great Performances, Canada AM, Dr. Phil Show, TV commercials, national sports broadcasts, audio sample libraries, and numerous album projects. As a musician equally comfortable playing drums, vibraphone, percussion, or keyboards, he has worked with musical luminaries as diverse as Adele, John Williams, David Foster, Jason Mraz, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Graham Nash, Natalie Cole, Katherine McPhee, Stevie Nicks, Cobra Starship, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Patrick Stump, Shawn Colvin, Michelle Branch, Boz Skaggs, Raul Malo, Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, Reba McEntire, Charice, Neil Sedaka, and Michael Feinstein.

Steve's musical career has taken him to perform in five continents and in 49 U.S. States. He plays drums and serves as music director for Warner Brothers recording artist William Joseph, with whom he has toured with Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins, and Josh Groban, and continually works with various Canadian artists in the pop/classical world such as Cody Karey, Destino, and Classical Nouveaux. Steve also works regularly with mega-producer/music icon Peter Asher on various album projects and performs in his memoirs show. Well versed in many different styles of music, he has performed worldwide with jazz vocalist Monica Mancini and spent a two-year tenure touring with Engelbert Humperdinck. In addition to touring for approximately four months each year with various artists, he has performed several times for the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards.

credits

Here's a partial list of the people I've had the privilege to work with throughout the years either as a live performer, producer/arranger, or as a studio musician.

  • John Williams
  • David Foster
  • Adele
  • Jason Mraz
  • Steve Martin
  • Edie Brickell
  • Paramore
  • Young the Giant
  • Emile Haynie
  • Randy Newman
  • Nate Ruess
  • Brian Wilson
  • John Grant
  • Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Ruben Studdard
  • Graham Nash
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Katherine McPhee
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Cobra Starship
  • Chris Isaak
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Paul Anka
  • Tony Bennett
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Natalie Cole
  • Reba McEntire
  • Charice
  • Patrick Stump
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Michelle Branch
  • Boz Skaggs
  • Spencer Davis
  • Sean and Sara Watkins
  • Micky Dolenz
  • The Webb Sisters
  • Raul Malo
  • Neil Sedaka
  • Michael Feinstein
  • William Joseph
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Peter Asher
  • Peter and Gordon
  • Gerry and the Pacemakers
  • Cody Karey
  • Destino
  • Classical Nouveaux
  • Monica Mancini
  • Kenny Endo
  • BeBe & CeCe Winans
  • Tom Scott
  • Joe Chiccarelli
  • Chad and Jeremy
  • Patti Austin
  • Mya
  • Clay Walker
  • David Benoit
  • Dick Hyman

Selected albums I've had the pleasure of working on:

Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road [Super Deluxe Edition]
(2014)
Mercury / Universal

Young The Giant
Mind Over Matter
(2014)
Fueled by Ramen Records / Warner Bros.

Edie Brickell / The Gaddabouts
The Way Way Back
(2013)
Columbia

Paramore
Paramore
(2013)
Fueled by Ramen Records / Atlantic

Jason Mraz
Love Is A Four Letter Word
(2012)
Atlantic

The McClymonts
Two Worlds Collide
(2012)
Universal Music Group

Karmic
Karmic
(2012)

Yvette
Not Gonna Wait - The Live Sessions
(2012)
Amyra Music

Richelle Talbot
A Feeling of Christmas
(2012)

Various Artists
Listen to Me: Buddy Holly
(2011)
Verve

Nadine Loren
Naked 80's
(2011)
Nota Bene Entertainment

Tim Foust
The Best That I Could Do
(2011)
Flying Pig Productions

Tim Foust
The Way The Story Goes
(2010)
Flying Pig Productions

Tim Gill
Bon Appetit
(2010)

Destino
Beginning Again
(2010)

Henry O'Niell
The Letter
(2010)

Classical Nouveaux
Classical Nouveaux
(2010)

Boyz Sküle
I Love You So Much
(2010)

Andrea Bocelli
My Christmas (Concert DVD)
(2009)
Phillips

Patrick Alan Casey
Leaving California
(2009)

William Joseph
Beyond
(2008)
Warner Brothers

Daniel Martin Moore
Stray Age
(2008)
Sub Pop Records

Ariana Hall
Not Too Close, Not Too Far
(2008)

Richard Griffiths
Girl Talk
(2007)
E & G

Brooke Wilkes
A Fruitcake Year
(2006)

Engelbert Humperdinck
Definition of Love
(2003)
Hip-O Records

Various Artists
A Santa Cause: A Punk Rock Christmas
(2003)
Immortal

Marta Solís
Promesa
(2001)
Z Records

Bobby Rosario y la Contraria
Vivo Activo y Peligroso
(2001)
Renacer

Ney Rosauro
Brazilian Music for Percussion Ensemble
(2000)
PP/MWM

Micheal Udow
Coyote Dreams
(2000)
Equilibrium

Micheal Udow
The Contemporary Percussionist
(1998)
Equilibrium

Brian Bevelander
Distant Visions
(1997)
Equilibrium

Mark Camphouse
Symphony from Ivy Green
(2001)
Albany

Joseph Lulloff
Performs the Music of Colgrass, Dahl, and Ruggiero
(1999)
Aurec

University of Miami Wind Ensemble
The University of Miami Wind Ensemble Plays Sleeper, Colgrass, and Syler
(2002) Albany

University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble
Low-Down
(1999)
PKO

tour dates 2014

  • February 6, 2014 - Toronto, ON with Cody Karey
  • February 8, 2014 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • February 9, 2014 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • February 10, 2014 - New York, NY with Cody Karey
  • February 11, 2014 - New York, NY with Cody Karey
  • February 12, 2014 - New York, NY with Cody Karey
  • February 15, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ with William Joseph
  • February 20, 2014 - Vancouver, BC with Cody Karey
  • February 22, 2014 - Vancouver, BC with Cody Karey
  • February 25, 2014 - Calgary, AB with Cody Karey
  • February 26, 2014 - Edmonton, AB with Cody Karey
  • February 28, 2014 - Rexburg, ID with William Joseph
  • March 2, 2014 - Minneapolis, MN with Cody Karey
  • March 3, 2014 - Chicago, IL with Cody Karey
  • March 6, 2014 - Toronto, ON with Cody Karey
  • March 7, 2014 - Ottawa, ON with Cody Karey
  • March 8, 2014 - Montreal, QC with Cody Karey
  • May 3, 2014 - Vancouver, BC with Cody Karey
  • May 17 - Irvine, CA with Peter Asher
  • May 29 - Dallas, TX with William Joseph
  • May 31 - West Hills, CA with Denny Laine
  • June 3, 2014 Minneapolis, MN with Peter Asher
  • June 4, 2014 Minneapolis, MN with Peter Asher
  • June 5, 2014 Minneapolis, MN with The Webb Sisters
  • June 6, 2014 Phoenix, AZ with Peter Asher
  • July 23 - NYC TBA
  • July 24 - Boston, MA TBA
  • July 26 - Portland, ME TBA
  • September 24, 2014 TBA
  • September 25, 2014 TBA
  • September 27, 2014 TBA
  • October 10, 2014 TBA with William Joseph
  • October 11, 2014 TBA
  • October 12, 2014 TBA
  • December 10, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT with William Joseph
Onstage at the Kodak Theater

On-stage at the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theater in Los Angeles

tour dates 2014 (cont.)

  • December 11, 2014 St. George, UT with William Joseph
  • December 12, 2014 TBA with William Joseph
  • December 16, 2014 TBA
  • December 17, 2014 TBA


tour dates 2013

  • January 16, 2013 - TBA with Peter Asher
  • January 17, 2013 - Stanhope, NJ with Abbey Road & Denny Laine
  • January 18, 2013 - Asbury Park, NJ with Abbey Road and Denny Laine
  • January 19, 2013 - Buffalo, NY with Peter Asher
  • January 20, 2013 - Manhattan, NY with Peter Asher
  • January 25, 2013 - Concord, NH with Abbey Road & Denny Laine
  • January 26, 2013 - Scituate, MA with Abbey Road & Denny Laine
  • January 27, 2013 - Chicago, IL with Peter Asher
  • January 25, 2013 - Concord, NH with Abbey Road & Denny Laine
  • January 26, 2013 - Scituate, MA with Abbey Road & Denny Laine
  • January 27, 2013 - Chicago, IL with Peter Asher
  • January 29, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN with Peter Asher
  • January 30, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN with Peter Asher

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My live setup for 2014

My live setup for 2014

tour dates 2011

  • January 13, 2011 - NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA with Tim Foust
  • January 28, 2011 - Sherwood Park, AB with William Joseph
  • January 30, 2011 - High River, AB with William Joseph
  • January 31, 2011 - Cardston, AB with William Joseph
  • February 27, 2011 - 83rd Academy Awards Governor's Ball
  • April 30, 2011 - Concord, NH with Abbey Road
  • May 1, 2011 - Sellersville, PA with Peter Asher
  • May 3, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 4, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 5, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 6, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 7, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 8, 2011 - Norfolk, CT with Abbey Road
  • May 9, 2011 - Taunton, MA with Erica Nicole
  • May 10, 2011 - Taunton, MA with Erica Nicole
  • May 11, 2011 - Taunton, MA with Erica Nicole
  • May 12, 2011 - Westerly, RI with Erica Nicole
  • May 13, 2011 - Westerly, RI with Erica Nicole
  • May 14, 2011 - Westerly, RI with Erica Nicole
  • May 15, 2011 - Westerly, RI with Tommy Cash
  • May 19, 2011 - Agoura Hills, CA with Peter Asher
  • May 21, 2011 - San Diego, CA with Peter Asher
  • May 22, 2011 - San Juan Capistrano, CA with Peter Asher
  • May 26, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA with Nadine Loren
  • May 28, 2011 - Indianapolis, IN with Nadine Loren
  • July 14, 2011 - Klagenfurt, Austria with Karmic and Friends
  • August 6, 2011 - Chicago, IL with Peter Asher
  • August 7, 2011 - Chicago, IL with Peter Asher
  • August 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA with Peter Asher
  • August 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA with Peter Asher
  • August 30, 2011 - San Francisco, CA with Peter Asher
  • September 9, 2011 - Edmonton, AB with William Joseph
  • September 21, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV with William Joseph
  • October 21, 2011 - Swift Current, SK with William Joseph
  • December 9, 2011 - Phoneix, AZ with Abbey Road
  • December 11, 2011 - Phoneix, AZ with Peter Asher

tour dates 2010

  • January 22, 2010 - Edmonton, AB with Peter Asher
  • February 20, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ with William Joseph
  • March 20, 2010 - Austin, TX (SXSW) with Erica Nicole
  • April 16, 2010 - TBA with William Joseph
  • April 17, 2010 - TBA with William Joseph
  • May 7, 2010 - Hoover, AL with William Joseph
  • May 8, 2010 - Hoover, AL with William Joseph
  • May 29, 2010 - Las Vegas, NV with Peter Asher
  • September 19, 2010 - San Francisco with Nadine Loren
  • October 8, 2010 - Murray, KY with Erica Nicole
  • November 12, 2010 - Jacksonville, FL with William Joseph
  • December 3, 2010 - Manhattan, NY with Peter Asher
  • December 5, 2010 - San Juan Capistrano, CA with Peter Asher
  • December 7, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA with Peter Asher

tour dates 2009

  • April 2, 2009 - Charlotte, NC with William Joseph
  • April 4, 2009 - Tampa, FL with William Joseph
  • April 28, 2009 - Richmond, BC with William Joseph
  • April 29, 2009 - Merritt, BC with William Joseph
  • April 30, 2009 - Kelowna, BC with William Joseph
  • May 1, 2009 - Cranbrook, BC with William Joseph
  • May 2, 2009 - Calgary, AB with William Joseph
  • May 3, 2009 - Medicine Hat, AB with William Joseph
  • May 4, 2009 - Cardston, AB with William Joseph
  • May 5, 2009 - Sherwood Park, AB with William Joseph
  • May 6, 2009 - Cardston, AB with William Joseph
  • May 8, 2009 - Kent, OH with Peter & Gordon, Denny Laine
  • May 9, 2009 - Atlanta, GA with Peter & Gordon, Joey Molland and Terry Sylvester
  • May 28, 2009 - Nampa, ID with William Joseph
  • May 30, 2009 - Rexburg, ID with William Joseph
  • June 12, 2009 - Henderson, NV with William Joseph
  • June 16, 2009 - Edmonton, AB with the David Foster Band
  • July 6, 2009 - Reno, NV with William Joseph
  • July 7, 2009 - Reno, NV with William Joseph
  • July 16, 2009 - Atlanta, GA with Erica Nicole
  • August 22, 2009 - Coto de Caza, CA with Erica Nicole
  • October 8, 2009 - Dallas, TX with William Joseph
  • October 10, 2009 - Bartlett, TN with William Joseph
  • October 17, 2009 - Albany, NY with William Joseph
  • October 18, 2009 - Philadelphia, PA with William Joseph
  • November 5, 2009 - Wickenburg, AZ with William Joseph
  • November 7, 2009 - Phoenix, AZ with William Joseph
  • December 4, 2009 - Sudbury, ON with Destino
  • December 5, 2009 - Sudbury, ON with Destino
  • December 12, 2009 - Avon Park, FL with Destino
  • December 13, 2009 - Melbourne, FL with Destino

See previous tour dates >>

<< See more recent tour dates

tour dates 2011

  • January 13, 2011 - NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA with Tim Foust
  • January 28, 2011 - Sherwood Park, AB with William Joseph
  • January 30, 2011 - High River, AB with William Joseph
  • January 31, 2011 - Cardston, AB with William Joseph
  • February 27, 2011 - 83rd Academy Awards Governor's Ball
  • April 30, 2011 - Concord, NH with Abbey Road
  • May 1, 2011 - Sellersville, PA with Peter Asher
  • May 3, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 4, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 5, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 6, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 7, 2011 - New York, NY with Peter Asher
  • May 8, 2011 - Norfolk, CT with Abbey Road
  • May 9, 2011 - Taunton, MA with Erica Nicole
  • May 10, 2011 - Taunton, MA with Erica Nicole
  • May 11, 2011 - Taunton, MA with Erica Nicole
  • May 12, 2011 - Westerly, RI with Erica Nicole
  • May 13, 2011 - Westerly, RI with Erica Nicole
  • May 14, 2011 - Westerly, RI with Erica Nicole
  • May 15, 2011 - Westerly, RI with Tommy Cash
  • May 19, 2011 - Agoura Hills, CA with Peter Asher
  • May 21, 2011 - San Diego, CA with Peter Asher
  • May 22, 2011 - San Juan Capistrano, CA with Peter Asher
  • May 26, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA with Nadine Loren
  • May 28, 2011 - Indianapolis, IN with Nadine Loren
  • July 14, 2011 - Klagenfurt, Austria with Karmic and Friends
  • August 6, 2011 - Chicago, IL with Peter Asher
  • August 7, 2011 - Chicago, IL with Peter Asher
  • August 28, 2011 - San Francisco, CA with Peter Asher
  • August 29, 2011 - San Francisco, CA with Peter Asher
  • August 30, 2011 - San Francisco, CA with Peter Asher
  • September 9, 2011 - Edmonton, AB with William Joseph
  • September 21, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV with William Joseph
  • October 21, 2011 - Swift Current, SK with William Joseph
  • December 9, 2011 - Phoneix, AZ with Abbey Road
  • December 11, 2011 - Phoneix, AZ with Peter Asher

tour dates 2010

  • January 22, 2010 - Edmonton, AB with Peter Asher
  • February 20, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ with William Joseph
  • March 20, 2010 - Austin, TX (SXSW) with Erica Nicole
  • April 16, 2010 - TBA with William Joseph
  • April 17, 2010 - TBA with William Joseph
  • May 7, 2010 - Hoover, AL with William Joseph
  • May 8, 2010 - Hoover, AL with William Joseph
  • May 29, 2010 - Las Vegas, NV with Peter Asher
  • September 19, 2010 - San Francisco with Nadine Loren
  • October 8, 2010 - Murray, KY with Erica Nicole
  • November 12, 2010 - Jacksonville, FL with William Joseph
  • December 3, 2010 - Manhattan, NY with Peter Asher
  • December 5, 2010 - San Juan Capistrano, CA with Peter Asher
  • December 7, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA with Peter Asher

tour dates 2009

  • April 2, 2009 - Charlotte, NC with William Joseph
  • April 4, 2009 - Tampa, FL with William Joseph
  • April 28, 2009 - Richmond, BC with William Joseph
  • April 29, 2009 - Merritt, BC with William Joseph
  • April 30, 2009 - Kelowna, BC with William Joseph
  • May 1, 2009 - Cranbrook, BC with William Joseph
  • May 2, 2009 - Calgary, AB with William Joseph
  • May 3, 2009 - Medicine Hat, AB with William Joseph
  • May 4, 2009 - Cardston, AB with William Joseph
  • May 5, 2009 - Sherwood Park, AB with William Joseph
  • May 6, 2009 - Cardston, AB with William Joseph
  • May 8, 2009 - Kent, OH with Peter & Gordon, Denny Laine
  • May 9, 2009 - Atlanta, GA with Peter & Gordon, Joey Molland and Terry Sylvester
  • May 28, 2009 - Nampa, ID with William Joseph
  • May 30, 2009 - Rexburg, ID with William Joseph
  • June 12, 2009 - Henderson, NV with William Joseph
  • June 16, 2009 - Edmonton, AB with the David Foster Band
  • July 6, 2009 - Reno, NV with William Joseph
  • July 7, 2009 - Reno, NV with William Joseph
  • July 16, 2009 - Atlanta, GA with Erica Nicole
  • August 22, 2009 - Coto de Caza, CA with Erica Nicole
  • October 8, 2009 - Dallas, TX with William Joseph
  • October 10, 2009 - Bartlett, TN with William Joseph
  • October 17, 2009 - Albany, NY with William Joseph
  • October 18, 2009 - Philadelphia, PA with William Joseph
  • November 5, 2009 - Wickenburg, AZ with William Joseph
  • November 7, 2009 - Phoenix, AZ with William Joseph
  • December 4, 2009 - Sudbury, ON with Destino
  • December 5, 2009 - Sudbury, ON with Destino
  • December 12, 2009 - Avon Park, FL with Destino
  • December 13, 2009 - Melbourne, FL with Destino

<< See more recent tour dates

Video Playlist:

Onstage at the Kodak Theater

Recording percussion overdubs with Peter Asher at Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles

Audio Playlist:

studio

custom drum, percussion, & vibraphone tracks

I record custom drum, percussion, and vibraphone tracks for all types of projects in my Los Angeles studio.

Using real drums and / or percussion for your project will result in a more musical and sonically superior final product than would be attainable through use of samples, loops, or drum machines. Custom tracks complement a piece of music perfectly because they are performed and recorded exclusively for that piece of music. Your recording will showcase your unique style because the sounds, time feel, fills, and dynamics of my playing are all project-specific.

  • Full multitrack files provided - (a typical drum kit configuration would be: Kick In, Kick Out, Kick Beater, Snare Top, Snare Bottom, Overhead L, Overhead R, HH, Rack 1, Rack 2, Floor Tom, Room. Additional ambient or close mics available upon request).
  • Stems with effects and processing provided in addition to multitrack files
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz
  • Highest quality performance on well-tuned, amazing-sounding instruments
  • Great sounding room, mics, preamps, and converters
  • Files are well organized and easy to download and import into your session

If your project calls for programming rather than playing, I am also great at programming drum and percussion parts and have a huge library of stock and personalized sounds.