Survivor and John Mellencamp drummer dies 42 years old
Artist biography Kyle Woodring
Kyle Woodring was a studio and concert drummer living in the Chicago, Illinois area. He was born and raised in Mason, Michigan. Kyle began playing drums at the age of four, and studied percussion privately for ten years at Michigan State University before enrolling in the School of Music at MSU after graduating from high school.
After college, Kyle moved to Chicago, Illinois with musicians Jan James and Craig Calvert as the percussive force behind the blues/rock band Jewel Fetish. While recording with the band, Kyle was introduced to a number of Chicago area musicians and producer who helped him establish a base in the competitive Chicago music scene. In 1989, Kyle began a stint as the drummer for the Chicago rock band Survivor. He recorded the video Didn't Know it Was Love from the album 'Too Hot to Sleep' with the band in 1988, which was featured on MTV. Kyle also recorded a track for the band's 'Best Of' recording in 1988.
This opportunity gave Kyle Woodring both recording and touring skills needed to be a great drummer. Kyle then taught at the Bloom School of Jazz in Chicago and added to his skills the knack for performing on countless numbers of jingles on national radio and TV spots including spots for McDonald's, Toys R Us and Kellogg's. His varied abilities to work on different projects enabled him to record a Christian album on the late Rich Mullen's last project.
Kyle Woodring recorded with Toby Meyers and Andy York from John Mellencamp's band and was asked to fill in for John's steady drummer, Kenny Aronoff, and tour with John at a time when Kenny was touring with Bob Seger. Mike Wanchek, also with Mellencamp, recommended Kyle to play drums with Country star Deana Carter. Kyle has been Deana's steady drummer since 1999 and has appeared on Jay Leno, David Letterman, Wayne Brady, The View, and the 1999 Farm Aid Concert.
In 2000 Kyle Woodring played with alt-country artist Robbie Fulks performing on Conan O'Brien. This same year, Kyle began playing drums for Dennis DeYoung, lead singer and songwriter from the popular 70's /80's band Styx. Currently, Kyle is touring with Dennis with a full band and fifty piece orchestra conducted by Manheim Steamroller's Arnie Roth. From this tour emerged a double live CD recorded at the Chicago Theatre as well as a PBS Soundstage special on dvd.
Another project of Kyle Woodring's was for a movie released February 2005 called Uncle Nino, as he did all the drum work for the entire movie. Also in 2005, Kyle recorded a cd with a new band, Blanc Faces, on Frontiers Records, which was released in Europe and Japan in July 2005. In May of 2005, Kyle was hired by George Michael to perform on Oprah.
In 2007, Deyoung released a new album in Quebec, Canada entitled 'One Hundred Years from Now'. The title song went to the #1 spot in the Quebec charts during the summer of 2007.
In January 2008, Kyle Woodring completed the recording of two additional tracks for the American release of the cd, scheduled for the summer of 2008.
In October 2007, Kyle began a stint as the drummer for the Chicago production of the hit musical Jersey Boys.
Kyle B. Woodring was found dead in his home on Tuesday September 8, 2009. He was 42 years old. The coronerís office said Woodring probably died from hanging on Monday, September 7.