meet the queen
Cora C. Coleman, (03 September 1980) better known as “Queen Cora”, is an author, producer, business owner, and international drummer. Her showmanship is recognized as inspiring, passionate and explosive. Throughout her music career, she has performed in 40 countries, before hundreds of thousands of attendees and millions of viewers. In addition to her 5-year tenure with Prince and 3-year tenure with Beyoncé, she is the only musician to play in 2 of the United States NFL’s Top 10 Best Super Bowl Half-Time Shows with both artists. Queen Cora graduated valedictorian of Kashmere High School (Houston, Texas, USA) and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Performance at Howard University in Washington, D.C., USA.
Her resume reads like a Who’s Who List across multiple genres including, but not limited to, P!nk, Richard Smallwood, Tom Schuman (Spyro Gyra), Yusef Lateef, Frank McComb, Zac Harmon, Joe Sample, Goapele, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Ledisi, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Meyers, Kathy Sledge, Ciara, Estelle, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E., SWV, Coko, Kelly Price, Keyshia Cole, Marsha, Ambrosius, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Maceo Parker, Sabrina Ferilli, Andrea Bocelli, Elisa, Francesco De Gregori, 2Cellos, Paul Young, Nino Frassica, Gigi Buffon, Tomoyasu Hotei and many others. She is the house drummer for BET’s annual Black Girls Rock Awards TV Show.
In addition to her own signature line of drumsticks with Vater Percussion, Inc., she holds endorsement partnerships with the world’s finest instrument companies such as REMO, Inc., DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, LP Percussion, Yamaha DTX, Audio Technica, Sensaphonics, QSC Audio, Universal Audio, SKB Cases, Zoom and Arturia.
2016, Queen Cora designed her own 360 degree “Cosmic Electroacoustic” drum set with DW Drums, Inc. along with her first edition of The Queen Cora Magazine. She joined International Italian artist, Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari, for his Black Cat World Tour from Sept 2016 to October 2017. In the midst of the 2016 leg of the tour, Queen Cora partnered with European film company, Immersive VR, to produce her own Virtual Reality piece displaying an epic performance and behind the scenes on her 360 Degree Cosmic Electoracoustic Drum set at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London, England. She was a featured special guest of Zucchero for the 67th annual Sanremo Music Festival, a television show held at the Teatro Ariston in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy. It is organized and broadcast to an estimated 12 million viewers by RAI Uno, Italy’s national public service broadcaster, and second most watched television channel in the country.
AUTHOR & ENTREPRENEUR
Queen Cora has always been a leader, avid International Mentor and Master Clinician. She has authored GAGU Gathering a Greater Understanding, The Ultimate Life Guide for Youth (Available in English & Spanish), as well as, Who Am I? For Preteens & Teens (Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese). She is the Founder and CEO of The VIVO Club, Inc., a U.S. based company that is a media & music conglomerate and umbrella for VIVO Publishing, VIVO Productions, and VIVO Entertainment. Her photography expressions are exclusively featured on India Arie’s Christmas with Friends album with Joe Sample. She is also the Founder and CEO of Building Simple, Inc., a U.S. based cutting-edge construction company that repurposes solid- steel shipping containers for residential, commercial, and recreational use.
Winter 2018 will mark the launch of her custom Royal Wear apparel line that features her “Monarch Q” & “Regal Q”. She will release an exclusive video series featuring products from QSC, Arturia and Zoom.
Queen Cora currently resides in Los Angeles, California and Houston, Texas.
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