Eddie Heyward

Screenshot_2015-02-04-12-00-01Eddie Heyward  is known throughout the United States as one of the most reputable recording drummers within the Christian/Gospel industry. Eddie Heyward commonly known as Eddie “the animal” Heyward was born on April 8, 1981 in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 4, Eddie’s first instrument in church was the Congas. After mastering the Congo’s he set a goal for something much bigger; he was intrigued by the drums so he set his mind to master them. That being his mindset, he sat attentively under the tutelage of the great Gerald Heyward. It was evident, that he had finally found his niche, his calling in this life. As a young boy he sat down behind a drum set and that is where he has been sitting ever since. At the age of nine he was appointed the main drummer in his home church, Institutional Church of God in Christ, which is a church known to birth gospel stars, and known nationwide for its midnight radio broadcasts. At the age of 10, Eddie was appointed drummer for the broadcasts on Sunday night. Screenshot_2015-02-04-11-59-06Although his mother was concerned about his education, she could not deny the joy playing the drums brought to her son’s face. Eddie was one of the youngest recording drummers around the tri-state area. Eddie has a family full of musicians’; Butch Heyward (noted Christian/Gospel organist player), Melvin Crispell (organist/music director extraordinaire) and Gerald Heyward (gospel/R&B – notorious drummer worldwide). These individuals are the influences within his life. In 1993, at the age of 12, Eddie played for James Hall Worship & Praise on their first recorded album. Eddie is known for his drum solo on ” GOD IS IN CONTROL” where the audience was amazed and could not stay in their seats. Screenshot_2015-02-04-11-55-22In frenzy, the audience shouted “GO EDDIE, GO EDDIE”, and that he did. He played like no other drummer; he had finally found his own style and his own way. Soon after, he became one of the most sought after young drummers in the tri-state area. At the age of thirteen, Eddie was working on his second album with James Hall & WAP. His recording resume hails gospel greats such as: Timothy Wright and the NY Fellowship Mass Choir, Institutional Radio Choir, Pastor Archie McGinnis, Gospel Hurricane Relief Mass Choir, Alvin Campbell & Total Praise, Tunesha Crispell, Danny Eason & Abundant Life Crusade Choir, Demetrius Griffin and the Griffin Experience, David Caton and The Committee Music Group, Voices of Promise, Bishop Albert Jamison and NY State Mass Choir, Gospel Music Workshop of America Mass Choir.

 

 

Eddie Heyward