Regardless of the reasons, the fact remains that there is now a slew of talented, successful female drummers for whom Karen Carpenter paved the way. The notion of a female drummer is fairly commonplace today, but successive generations need to be reacquainted with music history and one of its pioneers.
The best female drummers are those musically inclined ladies who saw a great deal of success manning the drums within a band or as a solo musician. You might not find them on the "Rolling Stone" list of 100 greatest drummers of all time but each has solidified their place as one of the best female drummers ever.
Sandy West (July 10, 1959 – October 21, 2006) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and drummer. She was one of the founding members of the Runaways, the first teenage all-girl hard rock band to record and achieve widespread commercial success in the 1970s.
Hannah Welton-Ford (born June 29, 1990) is an American musician, drummer and vocalist from Louisville, Kentucky. Previously a member of fusion trio Pandorum and later rock band Bellevue Suite, she played in Prince's backing band 3rdeyegirl with guitarist Donna Grantis and bassist Ida Kristine Nielsen.
Regina Ann "Gina" Schock (born August 31, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland) is best known as the drummer in the all-woman rock band The Go-Go's. Schock's career began as drummer for Edie and the Eggs, a band assembled to feature the John Waters star Edith Massey.
Terri Lyne Carrington (born August 4, 1965) is a jazz drummer, composer, singer, record producer and entrepreneur. She has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Yellowjackets, and many others.
Petrucci and her sister, Maxine Petrucci, first formed Madam X with vocalist Bret Kaiser and Chris Doliber. She left Madam X to join Vixen in 1985 and stayed until 1991. She returned when Vixen reunited in 1997, bringing in her sister Maxine into the fold, but the reunion ended in 2001.
Patricia Theresa "Patty" Schemel (born April 24, 1967) is an American drummer and musician who rose to prominence as the drummer of alternative rock band Hole from 1992 until 1998. In 1998, Schemel left Hole, and in the early 2000s reunited with Hole frontwoman Courtney Love during her solo career, and later drummed for Juliette and the Licks.
Deborah Mary Peterson (born August 22, 1961) is an American musician and the drummer of the band The Bangles. She sang lead vocals on two of the band's released singles, "Going Down to Liverpool" (1984) and "Be with You" (1989). She is the younger sister of fellow Bangles member Vicki Peterson.
Lynn Truell (born Lynn E. Perko) is a drummer best known for her work with the early American hardcore punk scene band The Dicks, as well as with the alternative rock band Sister Double Happiness and is currently drumming with the indie rock band Imperial Teen. Truell was born in Palo Alto, California.
Stella Mozgawa is an Australian drummer. She is best known as a member of the indie rock band Warpaint, with whom she has recorded three studio albums. Alongside her work with Warpaint, Mozgawa has contributed to recordings by musicians Kurt Vile, Andy Clockwise, Adam Green, Cate Le Bon, Jagwar Ma, the xx, Tim Presley, Rodes Rollins and Regina Spektor.
Allison Miller is a New York City-based drummer, composer, and teacher. She has recorded five albums as a bandleader: 5 AM Stroll, Boom Tic Boom, No Morphine-No Lilies, Live at Willisau, and Otis Was a Polar Bear, as well as working as a session musician.
Lori Peters is currently the drummer of Skillet, starting shortly after the release of Invincible (2000). She was born on November 29, 1973 in Kenosha, WI. In high school, she was involved the Jazz Band and Symphonic Band, and she continued her education for 3 years at Columbia College, Chicago.
Kittie was formed in 1996 when drummer Mercedes Lander and guitarist Fallon Bowman met in gym class. Mercedes' sister Morgan Lander became the lead vocalist and guitarist after weeks of Fallon and Mercedes jamming. Tanya Candler completed the lineup by joining as the bassist. Kittie made demos and started playing concerts in 1998.
Georgia Hubley (born 1960) is an American percussionist, vocalist, and visual artist. She is one of the two founding members of the indie rock band Yo La Tengo. She is married to the group's other founding member, guitarist/vocalist Ira Kaplan, with whom she lives in New Jersey.
Torrance Heather Castellano (born January 8, 1979, in San Francisco, California) is the former drummer of The Donnas, announcing her retirement in July 2010. She met future bandmates Maya Ford, Brett Anderson and Allison Robertson in junior high school.
Susie Ibarra (born Anaheim, California, November 15, 1970) is a contemporary composer and percussionist who has worked and recorded with jazz, classical, world, and Indigenous musicians. She is known for her work as a performer in avant-garde, jazz, world and new music.
Yoshimi is a Japanese musician best known for her role as the longest consistent drummer in the Japanese rock band Boredoms. Alongside her drum playing skills with the Boredoms, she also performs on the vocals for OOIOO and also plays trumpets, guitars and keyboards as well.
Belinda "Lindy" Morrison OAM (born 2 November 1951) is an Australian musician originally from Queensland. She was the drummer in indie rock group The Go-Betweens from 1980 to 1989, appearing on all the band's releases from their first LP in 1981 until the band's first break up on 26 December 1989.
List of famous female drummers, featuring bios and photos when available. This female drummers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being drummers. The female drummers of note are listed by their level of prominence, and you can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace.
Florrie performed with Selfservice at night and worked part-time as a nanny during the day. A meeting with the manager of Australian singer Gabriella Cilmi led Florrie to a successful audition as the drummer in the houseband of Xenomania, the successful Kent-based production team.