Karla Johnson Martin

I am 66yrs old. I didn't sit behind a drum kit until I was 35. This video is of our band "RELENTLESS" rehearsing for the 1st time after 9 months! We were all excited. My daughter is the Singer and our dream for years has been to have a band together. We both love the band Survivor and this video is of their song, "Didn't Know It Was Love". I am playing a 6pc Pearl Export with a Trixon Hand Hammered Copper Snare. All the cymbals are A Custom Zildjian with Zildjian New Beat Hi Hats and Zildjian S Trash Crashes.

The impact I try to make is to make sure people know that No one has the right to tell you that you can't pursue a talent or a passion. My ex husband (who was a drummer and should have understood), did not want me to play the drums. He didn't like me to practice so of course I never got any lessons. Then one day, he took his drums and stored them at the church we all attended so that I couldn't "get" to them. I went and bought my own kit on layaway and when I brought them home and set them up, he tried to un-set them. I told him not to touch my drums and of course that was the beginning of the end of the marriage. So, when I see girls playing any instrument, I am happy that someone has supported and encouraged them and not hindered them from expressing their talent and creativity. Times have changed and I am grateful for that!

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  1. hlag on March 24, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Bravo, Karla. Welcome to the revolution!

    • Karla Johnson Martin on March 25, 2021 at 11:27 am

      Thank you so much!! Excited to be part of this amazing group!!

    • rasila queen on March 30, 2021 at 7:29 am

      Yes, so many of us “older” drummers got squished!

  2. Mary Richardson on March 25, 2021 at 11:20 am

    I’m so proud of you, Sissy! Mama didn’t raise doormats!

  3. Iris on March 25, 2021 at 11:44 am

    You go, Girl!!! So proud of you, Sissy!! You have proven that is never to late to follow your dreams and make them come true.

  4. cfee on March 25, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I love how strong is your determination ! and you are so so right Karla. i m super proud and happy to cross your path here, even if i m in France. i send you my true drums vibes.
    Merci beaucoup to be here among us !

  5. cfee on March 25, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    and i add, the vocals are beautyfull, and your multicolored crown too. your song is superb with your drums play

  6. Lee Lindberg on March 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    That’s our drummer, the backbone of the band!

  7. Jeff Santy on March 26, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Like a boss! Nice chops, Karla.

  8. rasila queen on March 30, 2021 at 7:36 am

    When I was first getting into drums in my mid fifties, I had a musician boyfriend who was embarrassed of my playing, because i was a beginner and not very good. HEdidn’t want me playing in public anywhere near him so I know what thatfeels like. Glad you got rid of him and not the drums. You rock!


    • Suzanne M. Marquis on April 24, 2021 at 7:02 am

      Exactly what Queenie said! Glad you chose the drums & dumped the man LOL!!!
      Rock on GRRRL🥁

  9. Bonnie Kasmarek on April 17, 2021 at 4:51 am

    Awesome, Karla!!! Best of luck! ❤️

  10. Jamie on April 20, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Wow that’s awesome 😎 !!!

  11. slaing on April 23, 2021 at 7:02 am

    Rock on, Sissy! I’m so proud of you! love, Rachel-Sue

  12. spicyrule on April 23, 2021 at 7:25 am


  13. MARIANNE ASHCROFT on April 23, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Best of luck in the competition, I play bass and my drummer is a rockin girl too… must tell her about this!

    • Karla Johnson Martin on April 23, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      yes, there are several age categories and even Beat Making. Next year for sure!

  14. Nathan on April 29, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Even though I’m not sure about that bio I voted

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