Jeremy Boyd

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With an unspeakable energy and a palpable passion, West Philadelphia drummer/producer Jeremy “Wheatbread” Boyd, Sr. personifies the flair that is notorious of the city’s musicians. Whether in front of five or 5 million people, Wheatbread delivers a memorable, electrifying experience for any audience. His industrious attitude, upbeat personality and artistry have allowed him countless opportunities to back mentionable artists. Some of those artists are Angie Stone, Prayz1, Da T.R.U.T.H and Mylah. He is also a two-time Grammy Award-winning producer who co-produced on Tye Tribbett’s If He Did It Before...Same God. 


Born March 30, 1986, Wheatbread’s devotion to music started at an early age when he would arrange his mother’s pots and pans to the likes of a real drum kit and practice playing on them. Realizing this was more than a pastime, his mother gifted him his first set at the age of 12. Since then he has fully dedicated himself to mastering his craft, growing as a musician and living his dream. 


Wheatbread started out playing for his local church after being inspired by Andrew “Drew from Philly” Tingle who played for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania COGIC Mass Choir. Wheatbread went on to further his knowledge and experience by attending West Chester University (WCU); and in 2008, he received his BA in Music Performance. Upon graduating WCU, Wheatbread worked as a TSS worker for a few years, but realizing the day to day was not for him, he quit so he could give his all to what he has always loved, music. 


Since taking that leap of faith, Wheatbread has achieved a multitude of accomplishments. Some of which include: opening up a local rehearsal space in West Philadelphia, starting his own band (Band 4 Higher), backing several local musicians (such as Chill Moody and Beano), touring Japan and Jamaica with the legendary female vocal group The Three Degrees, touring Australia and Germany with William Hall’s Michael Jackson tribute tour, and producing for a multitude of artists including gospel artist Jermaine Dolly. And amongst so many other things, he continues to play for church. 


His impressive résumé is only getting started. With tours planned in Malaysia, Switzerland, Dubai and Morocco, Wheatbread has been tapping into world music and taking inasmuch as he can, all while expanding his versatility. His travels have inspired an upcoming album which will feature musicians he has had the pleasure of connecting with along the way. 


Having traveled to several countries, produced on a grammy-award winning album and successfully succeeded in making music his full-time career, Wheatbread says his greatest fulfillment will always be teaching children how to play drums. Listing Questlove, Jojo Mayer, Steve Gadd, Spanky McCurdy, Chris Coleman and Eric “Booty” Greene as some of his drumming influences, he hopes to be added to future generations’ lists long after he is gone.