Queen Cora Coleman is an author, producer, business owner, scholar and international drummer who
hails from Houston, Texas (USA). Her showmanship is recognized as inspiring, passionate and explosive.
Throughout her 18-year music career, she has performed in 40 countries, before hundreds of thousands
of attendees and millions of viewers. In addition to her 5-year tenure with Prince and 3-year tenure with
Beyoncé, she is the only musician to play in 2 of the United States NFL’s Top 10 Best Super Bowl HalfTime Shows with both artists. In addition to the Arts, she an advocate for education, self and community
development. Queen Cora graduated valedictorian of Kashmere High School (Houston, Texas) and
received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University in Washington, DC. In the year 2017, Vice
President Kamala Harris served as the keynote speaker for the entire graduating class. Queen Cora
served as keynote speaker for The College of Fine Arts Commencement and was presented with the
Howard University Blue Flame Distinguished Alumni Award. She is currently featured with 12 fellow alums including actor Anthony Anderson, Dr. Katheryn Garret, actor, Laz Alonzo, as well as the new Dean
of Fine Arts/Houstonian, Phylicia Rashaad.
Queen has published over 13 writers under her VIVO Publishing and authored 4 empowerment books,
GAGU, Who Am I?, Who Am I? The Journey Journal and The Royal Planner. Her photography can be seen
as the cover and inside artwork for India Arie’s Christmas with Friends featuring Joe Sample. Queen Cora
has been the house drummer for BET’s annual Black Girl’s Rock Awards since the 2010 debut on the BET
Network where she has played with Jill Scott, India Arie, Yolonda Adams, Marsha Ambrosius, Ciara, Missy
EllioP, Ledisi and other music greats. Queen is also the drummer and assistant music director for the TV
One Urban One Honors.
Her music masterclasses and educational impact spans throughout the USA to Italy, Switzerland, South
Africa, Ghana, Europe and Australia, among other countries. Her philanthropy includes funding 3 annual
Queen Cora Coleman "Unapologetically Excellent" academic scholarships at Kashmere High School
(Houston, Texas), Howard University (Washington, DC) and the National Arts School (Johannesburg,
South Africa). She serves on the board of directors of The National Black Musicians Coalition and the
Howard University Alumni Band.
Queen Cora has nearly 20 endorsements, her own line of signature drumsticks, her own line of
Royalwear apparel and has recently released her signature eyewear for men and women handcrafted in
The Netherlands. An active entrepreneur, Queen Cora is also the Founder & CEO of shipping container
construction company, Building Simple, Inc. (www.buildingsimpleinc.com), The VIVO Club, Inc. and the
band leader/drummer of The Queen Cora Orchestra. Her Orchestra debuted in 2017 at The Jazz on the
Lake Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is Artist in Residence for the Women’s Leadership
Summit founded by State Representative Helen Giddings. Music of the Queen Cora Orchestra includes
original compositions with classical, fusion and funk. She has integrated multimedia, a DJ, tap dancers
and host of other variations of creative expressions featuring special guests like Mumu Fresh, Tom
Schuman (Spyro Gyra), Raheem DeVaughn and Chanté Moore.
Queen Cora resides in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, California.
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