Marty Fera was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the son of Hollywood studio musicians Dominick and Marie Fera. When he was five his parents started him on piano, but Martin always knew that it was the drums that were calling his name. Among his early influences were Shelly Manne, Paul Humphrey, and the great bass player Ray Brown, all of whom went out of their way to let the eight-year-old hang out and watch them work up close.
"Growing up playing the drums was a lot of fun," Fera says. "I would spend hours playing along with records and tapes--which I still do. I was also very fortunate and blessed with some great teachers that took an interest in me. Lou Singer taught me how to play legitimate rudimental snare drum, and Joe Porcaro not only taught me how to play drums, but about life and what to expect when it came calling."
Among Fera's credits are artists Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Joe Cocker, Vince Gill, CoCo Montoya, The Temptations, The Pointer Sisters, The Malibooz, Bruce Willis, Johnny Rivers, Walter Eagan, Cory Stevens, Finas Tasby, and Mitch Kashmar.