Award winning artist, Emanuel Harrold began his professional drumming career at 17. Performing is all Harrold has known since childhood. A Native of St. Louis, he was born into a rich musical heritage, whose ancestry has been dedicated to their craft, extremely talented and notoriously award winning.
Emanuel graduated from the New School University in Manhattan, New York in 2008 with his BFA and has been no stranger to the grind since arriving on the scene in NYC. Harrold performs, records, and tours the world with a plethora of the greats such as James Spaulding, John Hicks, Ronnie Mathews, Donald Brown, Rene McLean, Roy Hargrove, Bill Saxton & Willie Akins to name a few.
Currently touring globally with critically acclaimed and Grammy award winning act, Gregory Porter, Harrold’s drumming contributions can be heard on Porter's recordings 'Water', 'Be Good' and album 'Liquid Spirit'.
A genre spanning talent that knows no bounds, Harrold has worked with Hip-Hop legends De La Soul (USA), Damon Albarn (UK), Kids in The Hall (USA), Tony Allen (Nigeria), and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (USA). He also has a production company, Key Kat Productions with his accomplished brothers, Keyon and Jasson (Harrold).
Harrold draws profound inspiration from the freedom and spirit of music that speaks to audiences globally, along with the great enrichment of knowledge and insight drawn from virtuosic mentors such as Charlie Persip, Reggie Workman, Lewis Nash and Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie.
His distinct percussive sound is praised, awarded and recognized internationally.