Jonathan 'Ginger' Hamilton joins Mapex

The Mapex team have announced the signing of groove master Jonathan 'Ginger' Hamilton.

Jonathan is currently in the hot seat with new UK pop act VV Brown, an artist who combines retro soul, melodic pop and punk energy. Brown has already performed on Jools Holland, countless radio sessions and has a full diary of summer festivals.

Jonathan has built a name for himself in the Gospel industry holding down the rhythm for top artists from the age of 14. This allowed him to work with artists such as G-Force (MOBO winners), Jahaziel (MOBO nominee), Lisa McClendon (USA), Ron Kenoly (USA) and recorded with ABC, Ryan Carty and Clinton Jordon.

Jonathan has chosen a custom Mapex Saturn series set, finished in Crystal Krush with all black chrome fittings in 22"x20", 8"x7", 10"x8", 12"x8", 15"x13" and 18"x16" sizes, along with a Black Panther 13"x7" snare. For his festival dates this summer, Jonathan will be using one of the fantastic new Meridian Birch series kits in Indigo Sparkle. Keep an eye out for him at Lovebox, Secret Garden, T in the Park, V and Bestival.

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Chris Barnes

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