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Russ Miller
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: American Idol
  • Birthday: November 16
  • Country: United States

Download and Read Russ' November 2013 Cover Interview with Digital Drummer

Russ Miller is internationally known as one of the top drummers of today. As a Multi-Platinum recording artist, he has played on multiple Grammy® award winning recordings with combined sales of over 26 million copies.  His musical versatility has led him to work with an incredible list of over 50 international artists from legends like Ray Charles, The Fifth Dimension, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner & Bobby Caldwell through modern stars, Nelly Furtado, The Psychedelic Furs, Hilary Duff, Steve Perry, Andrea Bocelli, Daniel Bedingfield and Meredith Brooks.

As a star of the Los Angeles studio scene, the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll has repeatedly voted Russ in the top 5 Studio Drummers in the world, including 2010, when he was voted the #2 Session drummer.  He has performed on more than 250 albums (including many #1 Billboard hits like Nelly Furtado's "Whoa Nelly" and Hilary Duff's "Metamorphosis").  Russ has also recorded for many T.V. shows and over 50 international movies (such as #1 box office titles like "Chicken Little", "Fracture", "Lakeview Terrace", "Resident Evil Apocalypse" and the "Boondock Saints" series of movies, just to name a few).   Along with his many sideman recording credits, he has been a staple on T.V. “house bands”.  Such as “American Idol”, for all of their “Mentoring Sessions”.   Russ also has three critically acclaimed solo albums, Cymbalism, Arrival and the Arrival Live concert DVD/CD. In addition, Russ performs educational clinics throughout the world for Mapex, Yamaha DTX, Zildjian, Remo, Shure, Vic Firth and Meinl music instruments, for which he maintains product endorsement relationships and multiple signature instruments. 

Russ also has authored two books: The Drum Set Crash Course and Transitions, along with his three videos, "Arrival-Behind The Glass" from Hudson Music, The Drum Set Crash Course and The Drum Set Crash Course Tuning Edition from Alfred Publications.  A 7-time Modern Drummer readers poll winner, Russ' solo projects were voted the #1 educational books and videos in the world (2001-2004).

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