Drummer Ray Brinker has received seven Grammy nominations as a recording artist and arranger. His drumming may be heard on Ray Charles' eight-time Grammy-winning Album of the Year, Genius Loves Company, as well as recordings by Joe Cocker, Natalie Cole, Pat Benatar, Norah Jones, David Lee Roth, Diana Krall, Josh Groban, Lea Salonga and James Taylor. He frequently performs live with the Tierney Sutton Band, of which he is a 30+-year co-founding member, and with Gordon Goodwin’s Grammy-winning Big Phat Band. His film credits include co-writing and arranging the score for Clint Eastwood’s Sully, Shrek, American Hustle, The 15:17 to Paris, Dear God, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Tangled, Lilo and Stitch, Zootopia, Lightyear, Ray: The Ray Charles Story, The Alamo and Assault on Precinct 13, while television credits include playing drums on five seasons of America's Got Talent.
Brinker remains active as a Los Angeles and Nashville studio musician.