Professional drummer Eli White, aka Eli, is an incredibly talented 14-year-old. Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, he started playing the drums at the age of two years old. By the time he turned 10, Eli had begun singing and playing the piano. Those have become his passions, along with playing the guitar, which Eli recently added to his musical repertoire because he believes that being a well-rounded musician is important.
He also loves producing music and songwriting. Acting is another of his interests, and Eli has performed in a number of musicals and plays at local churches and his school, Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy, where he is a drum major. This gifted teen recently won the Gwynn Park High School talent show in Brandywine, Maryland. Eli currently serves as the lead drummer at New Hope Baptist Church in Forestville, Maryland, where he often sings and plays the piano as well.
For the past three years, he has been the lead vocalist and drummer for the CME Trio. The Trio has played for former First Lady Michelle Obama at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC; the Children’s National Health System at the Watergate Hotel, also in Washington, DC; and the 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County, Inc. at the MGM Casino located at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Eli has performed with acclaimed jazz pianist Marcus Johnson on two Washington, DC, television morning shows: Great Day Washington (WUSA) and Good Morning Washington (WJLA). He was also interviewed by Roland Martin on NewsOne Now (TV ONE) about the tribute song “Better as One” that he wrote in honor of the victims of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria.
This young musician was elated when he served as the opening act for WPGC 95.5 FM’s 18th Annual For Sisters Only at the Washington Convention Center in November 2017. That show featured recording artists Mya, Lil Mo, Ginuwine, Raheem DeVaughn, and Amerie.
Eli has been able to overcome many obstacles in his young life because of the love and encouragement he has received from his family. His goal in life is to share his music and talents. One statement drives Eli toward that every day: “People are going to hate, but it’s your choice whether to embrace their negativity or use it to drive your success.”
To get Eli at your next event, contact: Shomari White at (202) 480-5086 or firstname.lastname@example.org