Shawn Pelton is an American drummer and percussionist. He has recorded with a wide range of artists and has been a first call player since moving to New York in the late 1980s. Known for his great feel, deep soulful pocket and a high level of musicianship across a broad range of styles, Shawn has recorded with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Five For Fighting, Natalie Merchant, Ingrid Michaelson, Michelle Branch, Regina Spektor, Tears for Fears, Citizen Cope, Matisyahu, Jonatha Brooke, David Byrne, Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin Degraw, Peter Wolf, Edie Brickell, Marc Cohn, Richie Havens, Joan Osborne, Hall and Oates, Odetta, Pavarotti, Phillip Phillips, George Michael, Carly Simon, Dixie Chicks, Chris Botti, Loudon Wainwright, and Buddy Guy, and has played on several Grammy winning albums for artists including Ray Charles, The Brecker Brothers, Rosanne Cash, Shakira, Shawn Colvin, William Bell, Les Paul and the Hank Williams tribute album with Bob Dylan.
Such a broad discography shows a rare ability to be at home playing on a top ten track by Pink, recording with Jazz legend Abbey Lincoln or an icon like Bob Dylan. Shawn is also the longtime drummer in the house band for Saturday Night Live since 1992.
“I love the wide range and uniqueness of the Headhunter Creations. They have really opened up the door to a lot of creative sonic possibilities that I’m using live and in the studio. Very, very cool.”