Praised for her virtuoso technique, rich tone, and soulful performances, DRiN Elliott has established a reputation as one of the leading musicians of her generation. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, she began teaching herself to play the piano at age 13 with no formal musical training or teachers. She began playing for small churches around Northern Mississippi during her high school years; in 2004, she auditioned and was accepted into Birmingham Southern College, a prestigious, private liberal arts college well known for their eclectic music program. In 2009, she graduated, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in music composition.
Highlights of DRiN’s music career include serving as pianist for Birmingham Southern College’s jazz band and gospel choir for the majority of her college career; directing the music department for the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church; while directing, she served as lead accompanist for a special esteemed service honoring President Jimmy Carter; Performed live on national television for late night talk show sensation Jimmy Kimmel. DRiN has accompanied & toured with a plethora of incredible artists such as BET’s Amber Bullock, Billboard chart topping rapper Yo Gotti, Melissa Etheridge, The Internet, Verdine White (Earth, Wind, & Fire) Snarky Puppy, along with R&B sensations Musiq Soulchild, Goapelé, Eric Benet, Angie Stone & Marsha Ambrosius. She has also played with numerous jazz pioneers such as Benard Wright, Frank McComb, Yarbrough & Peoples, & Lucky Peterson. DRiN currently serves as keyboardist for Andre Cymone (Prince/NPG) & Nikki Glaspie (Beyoncè, Maceo Parker).
From pop to reggae, DRiN has covered an astonishing number of musical bases in her illustrious career. Her unique, innovative style is deeply inspired by influential artists such as the legendary Erroll Garner and Elvin Jones, both masters of jazz and self taught. Her raw passion for music & love for people is the motivating force behind her artistry. She aspires to tour the world while creating timeless music that inspires our culture!
NEWS & UPDATES
Interview With Visión Magazine (2016)
Catch DRiN Every month at the mint La with nikki glaspie & the homies!! *1/22 next show*