Biography of Fred Dinkins


Fred Dinkins is a world-renowned Grammy-nominated musician, producer, educator, author and motivator. 

With over three decades of influencing drumming styles, Fred has performed amongst world renown artists such as Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Paul Jackson Jr., Verdine White, Norman Brown, Andre Crouch, The O’Neal Twins, The Emotions (Musical Director also Producer of the Emotions Live CD), John Barnes, Heat Wave, Peaches & Herb, Gene Chandler, GQ, Taste of Honey, Tremaine Hawkins (Grammy nominated and Stella and Dove Award Winner), Hugh Masekela, Deniece Williams (Musical Director) and many more.

From Mexico to Japan, Fred has toured worldwide and has appeared on numerous television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, (HBO) Sinbad’s Funkfest and more.

In Fred Dinkins’ 32 years of privately mentoring drummers at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, Fred has taught and mentored students spanning from the United States to Asia. Dinkins’ personal alumni include many recording and touring drummers like Anderson.Paak, David Myers (Frank Ocean), Erik Gutmanis (studio tech, author), Walter Rodriguez (percussionist playing on soundtracks, The Incredibles, etc.), Bennie Rodgers II (Mariah Carey), Manny Dominick (Ghost Town DJs), Vince Fossett Jr. (Steve Bardwill Band), and many more.

Author of the best seller “It’s About Time”, an Alfred Publication and producer of his own debut album Favor, Fred has provided musicians the key to understanding timekeeping and major dynamism. Inspiring musicians to never give up and pursue their highest achievements, Fred continues to serve as a pioneer in leading musicians to their greatest potential.

Today, Dinkins is still influencing drummers around the world with his remarkable teachings, private master classes, studio sessions and musical directon for Deniece Williams, the Emotions and Barbara Morrison. 

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