Basic Background Info

Birth: March 28, 1981
Location: Los Angeles, California
Band: Beyoncé
Genres: R&B, Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Born in Los Angeles and raised in St. Louis, Kim Thompson has traveled all over the world to share her drum expertise with millions of fans. At the same time, Kim Thompson enjoys playing at her favorite New York City hot spots–The 55 Bar, the Stellar Blue Note, and Avalon the Nightclub.

Kim Thompson studied at the Manhattan School of Music and received a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance and Composition in 2003. After graduating, she performed and recorded with Mike Stern, Tia Fuller, Miki Hayama, and Kenny Barron. Kim Thompson has also worked at Colgate University, Fine Arts University of Wisconsin, and San Francisco Artist in Residency Program.

Kim Thompson was honored to be a member of Beyoncé’s debut, all-female band at the BET Awards in June 2006. Kim Thompson then went on to tour with Beyoncé in support of her album, B-day.

Kim Thompson has also performed with Jay-Z, Wallace Rooney, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Dourdan, Meshell N’Degeocello, Reveren Run of RUN DMC, Roy Hargrove, Richard Bona, Anthony Jackson, Raymond Angry, Jason Moran, John Blackwell, and Dennis Chambers.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2004 Vibrant Miki Hayama
2004 Images Kenny Baron
2005 Pillar of Strength Tia Fuller
2006 Who Let the Cats Out? Mike Stern
2006 Healing Space Tia Fuller
2012 All Over the Place Mike Stern


  • Of Kim Thompson, Kenny Baron said, "Her performance blew me away."
  • "Dynamic drummer protege of Ben Riley."
  • Modern Drummer featured Kim on its January 2007 cover.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Yamaha
Sticks: Vater

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