Basic Background Info

Birth: June 1, 1963
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Band: Saturday Night Live Band, House of Diablo, Sherly Crowe, Shawn Colvin
Genres: Rock, R&B
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Shawn Pelton is as an exceedingly talented session drummer in New York City. In addition to consistent studio work, Shawn Pelton has also been drumming in the Saturday Night Live Band since 1992.

Shawn Pelton studied under the acclaimed Kenny Aronoff for seven years. Shawn Pelton earned his Bachelor’s Degrees and a Performer’s Certificate in Jazz Studies from Indiana University. Shawn Pelton then moved to New York to join John Eddie’s band, which eventually fell to pieces. Shawn Pelton was left picking up gigs wherever he could find them in the city. Shawn Pelton often did “ten or twenty different gigs just to pay the rent.” While playing various gigs around town, Shawn met Paul Ossola, who was the SNL bass player at the time. A short time later, Saturday Night Live was in need of a drummer and held auditions. Since Shawn knew the bass player, he had a slight advantage over the rest and ultimately got the job.

While eternally grateful for his time at SNL, Shawn Pelton relishes in the minimal time commitment. He says, “It’s really only 20 days out of the year...I’ve been able to set roots into the session scene here. But it’s always good to still have a steady thing going on.”

On the set of Saturday Night Live, the band occasionally backs up the musical guests. Shawn Pelton performed with Edie Brickell (he also recorded on her album), Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, and All Saints. In the studio, some of his recording highlights include The Brecker Brothers, Peter Wolf, Celine Dion, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crowe, and Bruce Hornsby.

Shawn Pelton does not tour often, probably due in large part to his New York commitments. However, after recording with Shawn Colvin, he helped her promote her A Few Small Pairs release. Recently, Shawn toured with Sheryl Crowe after laying tracks on 2004’s C’mon C’mon. To this day, Shawn performs with his own band, House of Diablo, and continues to be a staple in the New York recording community.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1990 Hard Cold Truth John Eddie
1993 Dangerous Kingdom Medicine Band
1993 They're All Gonna Laugh at You Adam Sandler
1994 Bach Variations-A W.H. Sampler Various Artists
1994 Gas Money Popa Chubby
1994 Letter from the Open Sky Richard Meyer
1994 Out of the Loop Brecker Brothers
1994 Picture Perfect Morning Edie Brickell
1995 Plumb Jonatha Brooke & the Story
1995 Regarding the Soul Dee Carstensen
1995 Somewhere Between Mocksville and Harmony The Mockers
1995 Strangers World Patty Larkin
1995 Tapping the Wheel Jane Kelly Williams
1996 Bones Susan McKeown & the Chanting House
1996 Caught Chris Botti
1996 Different Mozart Various Artists
1996 E.R.: Original Television Score Theme Music Score Original Television Score
1996 Early Recordings Joan Osborne
1996 Family Thing Original Soundtrack
1996 Few Small Repairs Shawn Colvin
1996 Hard Way Christine Ohlman
1996 Heroes Y Dragones Ramsey
1996 Live: The Real Deal [Video] Buddy Guy/G.E. Smith & the Saturday Nigh
1996 Live: The Real Deal Buddy Guy
1996 Mariana Trench Deanna Kirk
1996 Mary Lee's Corvette Mary Lee's Corvette
1996 Star Bright Vanessa Williams
1996 Strong for You Jeff Krassner
1996 Taking Shape 88 Butterfly
1996 Tender City Joy Askew
1996 Weeper's Stomp Jim Allen
1996 West Texas Heaven Kimmie Rhodes
1997 1997 Grammy Nominees Various Artists
1997 Bitter Sweet Kim Richey
1997 End of the Summer Dar Williams
1997 Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 Billy Joel
1997 Imago Lorenza Ponce
1997 John Flynn John Flynn
1997 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion
1997 Marigold Sky Hall & Oates
1997 Midnight Without You Chris Botti
1997 Next Vanessa Williams
1997 Reluctant Pilgrim Stephen Schwartz
1997 Return to Love Nana Mouskouri
1997 Silent Witness Liz Queler
1997 Smells Like Spain The Mockers
1997 Thoroughbred [Green Mirror] Taylor Barton
1997 Untitled Billy Porter
1997 Wheels Roll Bruce Henderson
1998 1998 Grammy Nominees Various Artists
1998 And Then Some Danny Wilensky
1998 Ask Anybody [Japan] Swirl 360
1998 Ask Anybody Swirl
1998 Burning the Daze Marc Cohn
1998 Calling Sara Lovell
1998 Campi Di Popcorn Gianluca Grignani
1998 Christmas Is Coming Rob Mathes
1998 Fool's Parade Peter Wolf
1998 Holiday Songs and Lullabies Shawn Colvin
1998 Incense, Herbs & Oils G.E. Smith & the Saturday Night Live Ban
1998 Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Various Artists
1998 Let's Talk About Love [Australia] Celine Dion
1998 Little Leviathan Michelle Lewis
1998 Little Ship Loudon Wainwright III
1998 Map Dee Carstensen
1998 Mayfield Mayfield
1998 Skinny Kat Taylor Barton
1998 Sky Above Martin's Dam
1998 Tammy Wynette...Remembered Various Artists
1998 These Are Special Times Celine Dion
1998 Tracks Bruce Springsteen
1998 Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just for You [Clean] Joe Pesci
1998 Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just for You Joe Pesci
1998 World's Not Big Enough Ivy Markaity
1998 XL Blue Flannel
1999 Aida Elton John & Tim Rice
1999 Barefoot on the Beach Michael Franks
1999 Blues Everywhere I Go Odetta
1999 Glimmer Kim Richey
1999 Happy Texas Original Soundtrack
1999 Joy: A Holiday Collection Jewel
1999 Last of the Good Straight Girls [Bonus Track] Susan Werner
1999 Let's Get Down Downboy
1999 Let's Talk About Love [Canada Bonus Tracks] Celine Dion
1999 Message in a Bottle [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack
1999 Mustango Jean-Louis Murat
1999 Out of the Blue Jeff Golub
1999 Pavarotti & Friends: For Guatemala & Kosovo Luciano Pavarotti/Boyzone/Mariah Carey/J
1999 Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999 Various Artists
1999 Simple Way to Say I Love You John Tropea
1999 Slowing Down the World Chris Botti
1999 Some Quiet Place Andy Snitzer
1999 Songs from the Last Century George Michael
1999 Stars Lori Carson
1999 Sylvia Hotel Cheryl Wheeler
1999 Tarkan [Couer de Lion] Tarkan
1999 Tarkan Tarkan
1999 This Much I Understand Carolyn Arends
1999 Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2 Michael Bolton
1999 Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets Tom Rush
1999 Very Special Christmas, Vol. 4: Live Various Artists
1999 Wild Thing Sugar Beats
2000 13 Break Ups Taylor Barton
2000 Abre Paez Fito Paez
2000 Beyond Bitchin' Four Bitchin' Babes
2000 Brass Nation Michael Davis
2000 Car Tunes Sugar Beats
2000 Don't Tell the World Kyle Davis
2000 Guitarra E Outras Mulheres Antonio Chainho
2000 Love Decides Jane Olivor
2000 Maple Room Wayne Kirkpatrick
2000 Spitshine Crown Jewels
2000 Tarkan [Japan Bonus Tracks] Tarkan
2000 These Are Special Times [Import Bonus Tracks] Celine Dion
2000 Wicked Time Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
2001 Baby Boy [Score] Original Score
2001 Call Me Home Edie Carey
2001 Dragon Tales Original TV Soundtrack
2001 Fear of Success Caleb
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Elliot Goldenthal
2001 Grammy Latin Nominees 2001 Various Artists
2001 I Am Sam [Bonus Tracks] Original Soundtrack
2001 Lenses of Contact Mary Fahl
2001 Look into the Eyeball David Byrne
2001 M.Y.O.B Deborah Gibson
2001 Mine and Yours [Bonus Disc] David Mead
2001 Mine and Yours David Mead
2001 O-Town O-Town
2001 Olurum Sana Tarkan
2001 Rey Sol Fito Paez
2001 Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs (Music From the HBO Original Original Television Soundtrack
2001 Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute Various Artists
2001 Timeless: The Classics/Timeless: The Classics, Vol. 2 Michael Bolton
2001 To Be Continued Pure Cane
2001 To the Point John Flynn
2001 Uncharted Territory [Bonus Track] Stephen Michael Schwartz
2001 Whole New You Shawn Colvin
2002 7 Wishes Shana Morrison
2002 Anthology Carly Simon
2002 C'mon, C'mon [Bonus CD] Sheryl Crow
2002 C'mon, C'mon [Japan Bonus Tracks] Sheryl Crow
2002 C'mon, C'mon [UK Bonus Tracks] Sheryl Crow
2002 C'mon, C'mon Sheryl Crow
2002 Christmas Plus One
2002 Dry Land Taylor Barton
2002 For the Kids [Nettwerk] Various Artists
2002 Home [Bonus DVD] Dixie Chicks
2002 How Sweet It Is Joan Osborne
2002 I Am Sam Original Soundtrack
2002 I'm Every Woman Rory Block
2002 It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook Rod Stewart
2002 Learning From Falling Lamya
2002 New Moon Krysten Berg
2002 No Fear Abra Moore
2002 O-Town [Expanded] O-Town
2002 Obvious Plus One
2002 Rainy Day Assembly Tess Wiley
2002 Respond, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2002 Sleepless Peter Wolf
2002 Ultimate Collection Edie Brickell
2002 Uncharted Territory Stephen Schwartz
2002 Very Best of Chris Botti Chris Botti
2002 Walk to Remember Original Soundtrack
2002 What If It All Means Something [Bonus Track] Chantal Kreviazuk
2003 Amaze Me: Songs in the Key of Peace Various Artists
2003 As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 2 Rod Stewart
2003 Ashley MacIsaac Ashley MacIsaac
2003 Beat Avenue Eric Andersen
2003 Best of Vanessa Williams: 20th Century Masters/The Ch Vanessa Williams
2003 Black Notebook Anne Heaton
2003 Deeper Life Natalie Grant
2003 Different Stripe Cheryl Wheeler
2003 Do Swing Kiroron
2003 Dragon John Flynn
2003 Good Day No Rain Bill Deasy
2003 Great Stupa Various Artists
2003 Happy 55 Lucky Gaijin a Go-Go
2003 Hotel Paper [France Bonus Tracks] Michelle Branch
2003 Hotel Paper Michelle Branch
2003 Journey Within Bernie Williams
2003 Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love Michael Franks
2003 Naked Kassie Depaiva
2003 Other Side of Time Mary Fahl
2003 Phunk Shui [US Bonus Tracks] John Oates
2003 Piglet's Big Movie Disney
2003 Risk Ten Shekel Shirt
2003 Rules of Travel Rosanne Cash
2003 S.W.A.T. Elliot Goldenthal
2003 Scratch the Surface The Cringe
2003 Smile Lyle Lovett
2003 Songs for Life Various Artists
2003 Soul Sessions Jeff Golub
2003 Strip Christine Ohlamn
2003 Woman's Love Vaneese Thomas
2003 Zig Zag Earl Slick
2004 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong Bon Jovi
2004 Battle for Everything [Bonus CD] Five for Fighting
2004 Battle for Everything [Bonus Track] Five for Fighting
2004 Battle for Everything Five for Fighting
2004 Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
2004 Clarence Greenwood Recordings Citizen Cope
2004 EP Amy Lennard
2004 Genius Loves Company Ray Charles
2004 Got You on My Mind Madeleine Peyroux/William Galison
2004 Greatest Dance Hits Sugar Beats
2004 In Our Time Bradley Cole
2004 Just Like There's Nothin' to It Steve Forbert
2004 Love Lot Teddy Goldstein
2004 Machan Machan
2004 Naked Movies The Coalition
2004 Promises to Eve Tina Shafer
2004 Silver & Gold Vanessa Williams
2004 Someone to Tell Ari Hest
2004 Thanks & Giving All Year Long Marlo Thomas & Friends
2004 Thin Places Randall Bramblett
2004 This Is Where We Live Paco
2005 All I Really Want for Christmas Steven Curtis Chapman
2005 American Made World Played Les Paul & Friends
2005 Awaken Natalie Grant
2005 Battle for Everything [DualDisc] Five for Fighting
2005 Christmas Angels [Capitol] Various Artists
2005 Collection: Timeless: The Classics/Timeless: The Clas Michael Bolton
2005 Earth Tones Charlie Hunter/Chinna Smith/Ernest Rangl
2005 Everlasting Love Vanessa Williams
2005 FijaciÛn Oral, Vol. 1 [DualDisc] Shakira
2005 FijaciÛn Oral, Vol. 1 Shakira
2005 Just Want You to Know [Single Track] Backstreet Boys
2005 Legend [Columbia] [Bonus CD & DVD] Johnny Cash
2005 Legend [Columbia] Johnny Cash
2005 Lift Randy and the Bloody Lovelies
2005 Mile 23 Dana Edelman
2005 My Lives Billy Joel
2005 Never Gone [DualDisc] Backstreet Boys
2005 Never Gone Backstreet Boys
2005 Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 Shakira
2005 Quiet Revolution: 30 Years of Windham Hill Various Artists
2005 Right This Minute Tamara Hey
2005 Symphony in 16 Bars Kenny White
2005 Very Best of Rosanne Cash Rosanne Cash
2006 Annabella Libby Johnson
2006 Begin to Hope [Bonus CD] Regina Spektor
2006 Begin to Hope Regina Spektor
2006 Best of the MC Records Years 1999-2005 Odetta
2006 Black Cadillac Rosanne Cash
2006 Brian Stokes Mitchell Brian Stokes Mitchell
2006 Build a Bridge Audra McDonald
2006 Can't Quit the Blues Buddy Guy
2006 Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters, Vol. 2 Vanessa Williams
2006 Dawning of the Day Ronan Tynan
2006 Departed [Original Score] Howard Shore
2006 Departed [Original Soundtrack] Original Soundtrack
2006 Far Beyond The Pacific Melissa Giges
2006 Fill Me Up Shawn Colvin
2006 Fur Original Score
2006 Greatest Hits Marc Cohn
2006 Home for Christmas Daryl Hall & John Oates
2006 I Will Break Your Fall Fernando Saunders
2006 I'm Not Dead [Bonus Track] Pink
2006 I'm Not Dead [Clean] Pink
2006 I'm Not Dead [DualDisc] Pink
2006 I'm Not Dead Pink
2006 Innovation Charlie Hunter
2006 Let It Slide Shawn Colvin
2006 Never Like This Kenny White
2006 Oh Hear Us Jennifer Kimball
2006 Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 [Bonus Track] Shakira
2006 Oral Fixation, Vols. 1-2 Shakira
2006 Secret World Tears for Fears
2006 Separate Ways Teddy Thompson
2006 Solo: The Album/The Concert John Oates
2006 Stand Still, Look Pretty [CD/DVD] The Wreckers
2006 These Four Walls [Barnes & Noble Exclusive] Shawn Colvin
2006 These Four Walls Shawn Colvin
2006 Things Will Be Better: The Best of David Broza David Broza
2006 Thousand Different Ways Clay Aiken
2006 U & Ur Hand Pink
2006 Walkin' with the Wazmo Jerry Vivino
2007 Abbey Sings Abbey Abbey Lincoln
2007 Astronaut Kip Fox
2007 At the Movies Dave Koz
2007 August Rush Original Soundtrack
2007 Best of Best 1975-2005 John Tropea
2007 Best of Van Morrison, Vol. 3 Van Morrison
2007 Come Hell Or High Water Lisa Bodnar
2007 Craving the Second Cheryl B. Engelhardt
2007 Essential R&B: Summer 2007 Various Artists
2007 Forever Ray Charles Ray Charles
2007 Four Decades of Folk Rock Various Artists
2007 Funky Planet Earth: The Funkiest Guitar Players on Ea Various Artists
2007 Ghost Stories [Bonus Tracks] Chantal Kreviazuk
2007 Grand Central Jeff Golub
2007 Hits and Rarities [Bonus Disc] Sheryl Crow
2007 Hits and Rarities Sheryl Crow
2007 I'm Not Dead [Platinum Edition] [CD/DVD] [Clean] Pink
2007 I'm Not Dead [Platinum] Pink
2007 Manhattan Affair Mike Catalano
2007 Mig Mig
2007 Motion of Love Machan
2007 My December Kelly Clarkson
2007 Never Again [Germany CD] Kelly Clarkson
2007 Never Again [UK CD] Kelly Clarkson
2007 P!nk Box P!nk
2007 Paint Your Dreams Lisa Bouchelle
2007 Romancing the '60s Frankie Valli
2007 Sheryl Crow Ben Green
2007 Sick Puppy Yankee Doodle Blitzkreig
2007 Take Me Back to the Ol' School John Tropea
2007 Ten Songs About Love Eran James
2007 These Are Special Times [CD/DVD] Celine Dion
2007 Time for Something New Jon T. Howard
2007 Tipping Point The Cringe
2007 Tropea, Vol. 10: The Time Is Right John Tropea
2007 Walk On Kellie Coffey
2007 We Can Rise Chana Rothman
2007 World's Fair Ben Green
2008 At The Movies - Double Feature [Bonus DVD] Dave Koz
2008 Break the Spell Ellis
2008 Duets: Friends and Legends Anne Murray
2008 Exile of St. Christopher Max Gabriel
2008 Let's Talk About Love/Celine Dion Celine Dion
2008 Pasion Fernando Lima
2008 Bleu Petrole Alain Bashung
2008 Nobody Left to Crown Richie Havens
2008 Nothing Without You Carney
2008 Seen Morely
2009 List  Roseanne Cash
2009 Light Matisyahu
2009 Definitive Buddy Guy Buddy Guy
2009 Blues for You Jeff Golub
2009 Pancho and the Kid Chris Barron
2009 Slice Five for Fighting
2009 Soul Sister Vol. 1: A Tribute to the Women of Soul Vaneese Thomas
2009 In Color Michael Cavanaugh
2009 Let's Talk About Love/A New Day Has Come Celine Dion
2009 Moving Forward Bernie Williams
2010 Through the Years 1956-2007 Abbie Lincoln


  • Shawn's signature is a floppy hat.
  • On actual prep time for a SNL performance: "The band goes in on the Saturday morning of the broadcast day and we start to rehearse about 11:00 AM until about 1:00 PM and then we’ll come back kinda around 5:00 PM and stay all the way through until about 1:30 AM, the next morning."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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