is an American
musician and was the former drummer
from rock band Ra
. Warner is currently working on The Emeril Lagasse Show
on The ION Network, Hot Tuna
, G.E. Smith
, Screaming Headless Torsos
and completing his solo record due to be released early 2011.
Warner was born and raised in Newnan
. At the age of nine, his interest in playing drums led him to the church. Gospel played a soulful foundation for "The Funky Drummer". By the age of eleven he was touring the South with various then up-and coming Gospel groups.
During high school he improved his percussive skills and played at school social functions and local clubs. Graduating from high school, he decided to go where musicians who wanted to make it went: New York City
. After only a few weeks, Skoota was spotted playing with street breakdancers
by Pepeu Gomes
and Baby Consuelo
's top pop artists at that time. At age 18, Skoota left for Brazil with Pepeu and Baby where he lived for two years, playing live rock shows and recording several albums with Pepeu and other Brazilian artists.
When Skoota returned to New York, he landed gigs with blues
musicians Johnny Copeland
and Johnny Johnson
. The following year, Skoota joined the Apollo Theater
's Amateur Night House Band with whom he backed such R&B, funk, and hip-hop stars as Keith Sweat
, and Big Daddy Kane
. Skoota's impromptu rhythm breaks incited live on-stage jams with guest hip-hop... Read More