At the age of 7, Jason Root's hands found their way to a pair of drumsticks. Since then, there is nothing he's been more passionate about. Growing up in Paradise Valley, Arizona, Root was exposed to and gained experience with every type of music from jazz to pop, learning the stylistic nuances of each at an early age. However, he felt the strongest draw to rock and metal. With the inspiration of drummers such as Travis Barker, Carter Beauford, Chad Sexton, and Mike Portnoy, finding his own style and rhythm was an easy, natural progression.
With a desire to become well rounded and entirely immersed in the industry, Root attended Berklee College of Music's summer performance program. From there he went on to Loyola University in New Orleans, studying music business and business administration. Meanwhile, he gained experience as a producer and engineer working on projects for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Austin Pidgeon, and more, while also starting his own recording studio, Sonance Studios. Stage production was also added to Root's resume as he worked on FallFest, featuring The Used, Taking Back Sunday, and Fall Out Boy, preceded by working the Voodoo Music Experience with The Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, and Kings of Leon.
All the while, Jason's heart remained behind the drum set. Among other honors, he was voted the Top Drummer in Arizona by a readers poll in 2005 and the #15 Best Drummer in Alternative Rock for all time by garageband.com. In and out of the studio, Root has played for bands such as Jimmie Allen (American Idol), Colour Of London, The Royal Fall, Achilles, Mercury Lane, Austin Pidgeon, and more. He also spent time touring, opening for national acts like The Voodoo Glow Skulls and Sloth.
In 2009, Root relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked in the A&R Department for Sony Music Entertainment. His work with Sony has proved successful, as he is currently a 9 time GRAMMY nominee in the field of A&R Production.
A voting member of the Recording Academy, Root is motivated and optimistic about the future, always ready to learn new styles and techniques, and hopes to make even more memorable, creative music along the way.