Check out Drew getting a bit self-indulgent on the drums, live with singer/songwriter Kevin Thibodeau!
Drummer, Percussionist, Songwriter, Producer with Legends of Soul and Motown
Welcome to the website of Drew Schultz. Starting at the age of nineteen, Drew earned his stripes as the drummer, percussionist, archivist, and conductor of the legendary Motown group The Four Tops. He has also performed alongside legends including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Dramatics, The Miracles, The Contours, Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes, The Velvelettes, Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne, Jerry Butler, and more. He is a contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine, and an instructor of drums at the Detroit Institute of Music Education where he has worked with students and stars including George Clinton, Usher, Michael Bolton, and Lady GaGa MD/bassist Kern Brantley. As a former pre-production engineer for Motown/UMe, Schultz has worked on projects by Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5, David Ruffin & Jimmy Ruffin, Barry White, and more. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance from New York University.
Drew is the spearhead of the Back To Class Project, a series of his original music featuring soul/R&B legends with 50% of profits benefiting public school music programs. The first Back To Class album was released in 2012 and featured the Four Tops, Funk Brothers, James Jamerson Jr, Dennis Coffey, Melvin Davis, Pat Lewis, Spyder Turner, Lenny Pickett of Tower of Power/SNL, Rob Carter, Ken Knox & Company, and more. The first donation to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation was made in the winter of 2012 alongside many of the legends who participated in the project. After the original CD, a series of singles was launched featuring Eddie Willis of The Funk Brothers, Buddy Smith, Thornetta Davis, Mark Scott of The Miracles, and more. In 2014, Drew branched the project out to the Chicago Public Schools with a single paying tribute to Curtis Mayfield featuring Reginald Torian of The Impressions, Cecil Jones of "The Story of Curtis Mayfield," and Lee Goodness of Mayfield's touring band.
Keep an eye on this site for new music, videos, and Detroit Soul!
SOUL FEST 2016
Come celebrate the legacy of the Motor City with icons of Detroit Soul Music, Northern Soul, and Motown. Featured acts include the Detroit Soul Ambassador Melvin Davis, legendary vocalist Pat Lewis, heavy hitting Motown artist Carolyn Crawford, Undisputed Truth / Fabulous Peps lead singer Joe “Pep” Harris, and LMT Connection featuring Leroy Emmanuel of the pioneering Funk group The Fabulous Counts. These Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame inductees will be joined by the expansive live ensemble, the RockMill R&B Band and background vocalists D.P.S. Between sets, classic soul and deep cuts will be played by Jay Butler of WDET / WJLB fame, and Drew Schultz, sideman/songwriter for a seemingly endless list of Motown and Classic Soul icons. This unbelievable night of live music will draw from the golden era of Motor City music, while highlighting the undeniable fact that Detroit is still a massive hotbed of soul, rock & roll, and rhythm & blues!
DENNIS COFFEY Live!
Dennis Coffey has played guitar, produced/arranged, performed, toured, and recorded with artists including the Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, George Clinton, and so many more. As a member of Motown's Funk Brothers backing band, he recorded countless hits from Detroit while scoring his own solo hits with funk etudes like "Scorpio." Recently he has performed at Bonnarroo and on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Band. He is amazing!