“He’s only 19 years old, can you believe it? He’s such a mega-talented guy and we’re really happy to have him on board…”
— Shania Twain
“Keep your eyes out for Elijah Wood. He is a young drummer with power, style and unmistakable charisma behind the kit! Elijah has what it takes!”
— Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
"Looks amazing, plays like a beast and his timing is impeccable."
— Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
Elijah Wood has been surrounded by music and the arts throughout his entire life. His grandfather was a painter, his grandmother a concert pianist, his mother a professional vocalist, and his father a violinist and founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Most recently, Elijah landed the coveted position as Shania Twain's new drummer for her Rock This Country arena tour, which encompassed 75 shows in the US and Canada. The tour lasted 6 months, reached over 1 million people, and at its peak was the 4th highest grossing summer tour after Taylor Swift. The media focused heavily on Elijah as the youngest member of Shania’s band, and a recent feature in Drum Magazine heralds him as a “19 year old stadium veteran.” For more press, click here.
When performing with Shania in his hometown of Long Island, New York, a reviewer had this to say:
"The band was exceptionally tight and consisted of seven other band members on guitars, strings, keyboard and drums. Shania shocked her drummer Elijah Wood by inviting him to join her at the front of the stage as she introduced him to the crowd, sharing that he is only 19 years old, is new to the tour and is a local Long Island native from nearby Port Washington. The fans cheered wildly. Elijah was exceptionally sharp and on point like a seasoned pro proudly playing his heart out with a youthful energy and fierce, forceful drum banging, rocking out during every song with full on head banging. It was quite an impressive display proving that Elijah could easily compete with some of the most experienced and best drummers in rock and roll."
His first professional opportunity came at age 14 when he became the drummer for his parents’ groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings™ (EYS). Today, he tours regularly with EYS and has become a mentor and role model to the students participating in the program. As part of EYS, Elijah was featured on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS Evening News, and many others. In addition, as a member of The Mark Wood Experience (his parent’s touring band), he performs with symphony orchestras around the world.
In 2014, Elijah was the house drummer for Season 9 of NBC-TV’s hit TV show America's Got Talent, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in NYC, and was featured on camera numerous times due to his captivating performance style. Videos can be found here. At the conclusion of the season, he was hired as the drummer for the AGT Live! residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. He continues to perform with the contestants in live and studio capacities.
Elijah is also the drummer for OrKeystra, a prog rock super group created by Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess. The group debuted at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show, performing twice daily at the Korg USA booth. The group is currently working on an album release. Check out a video here.
He is an accomplished studio musician with extensive experience in a variety of recording environments, and has also written and produced his own music.
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