Carl Lemar Carter is an American drummer who currently tours with Joe Bonamassa.
He has performed live and recorded sessions with widely acclaimed artists such as Raphael Saadiq, Joss Stone, Kelis, Carrie Underwood, Solange, Nick Jonas, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Andra Day, and Mick Jagger. He has played headline slots at Glastonbury and Afropunk; his television performances include the EMAs and Grammys.
As a professional musician, his precision and versatility have afforded him the opportunity to play across various genres. Carter is from Lansing, Michigan and stems from a musically inclined family; when he was five, his uncle taught him how to play drums. He also credits Ricky Lawson, Dennis Chambers, and Clyde Stubblefield as early inspirations. He joined the marching band in high school, and practiced to Anita Baker albums in his spare time.
Carter moved to Nashville to pursue his career, and counts gospel church as his first professional gig. He currently resides in Los Angeles, and continues to play live and as a studio musician as much as humanly possible.