Stacy Norris

My name is Stacy Groove Girl Norris. I am a 17-year old Chicago-based drummer. I started playing the drums at a young age and I sharpened my drum skills playing every summer at the Fernando Jones Blues Camp in Chicago. I am a junior in high school and love being part of the marching band, the jazz band, and percussion in the wind ensemble. Even though I play many different genres, my first love is the blues and I play in several blues-inspired bands in my spare time and in the summer. This experience has allowed me to play several major blues festivals in the Midwest and beyond. One of my proudest moments was to represent Chicago in the youth category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this year with my current band MudCity Blu. My influences include Buddy Rich, Clyde Stubblefield, and Tony Royster Jr. My video is a jazz tribute to Buddy Rich. I admire his technique, creativity, power, and speed. I enjoy participating in Hit Like a Girl because it gives me a challenging goal that I work on. I always come out a better drummer in the end because of the hard work I put into it.

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  1. giovannatakakibottai on April 13, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Well done Stacy! Good luck in the Contest. 😊

    • Stacy Norris on April 13, 2020 at 5:11 pm

      Thx Giovanna! Good luck to you too and all the best.

    • Ann C..Rucker on April 15, 2020 at 11:19 am

      You are a super girl drummer and athlete. I am amazed at your talent and discipline.
      Luck -‘ you got skills girl.

      • Stacy Norris on April 15, 2020 at 10:18 pm

        Thanks so much.

      • Anwar Kinte on May 17, 2020 at 7:17 am

        Congratulations Groove Girl on your accomplishments. I had pleasure and honor of seeing you play with Mud City Blu at Buddy Guys. You are a extremely much greater drummer than the one I worked with when I was in my first band as a teenager. I am the cousin of your guitarist, Mr. Carter. I look forward to creating some music with you all this year. A bit of Trivia…Michelle Jackson, who was about 17 at the time, was a drummer on my EP Cassette Rulers of the World, doing drums on “It’s On You”.

    • Zenobia Rogers on April 15, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      Stacy this is really , really good. Congratulation

  2. Larry Williamson on April 15, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I, too, am a avid blues/jazz fan. I say this because I have witnessed Stacy Norris perform numerous times. As a piano player, one that notice musical technique, Stacy embodies that spirit with her drums and I think that her musical ability, she will be a force to reckon with in the future. —LDW

    • Stacy Norris on April 16, 2020 at 6:08 pm

      Thank u so much. I usually play blues a lot, but jazz really gives me a thrill too!

  3. Wm. Rogers Jackson on April 15, 2020 at 12:26 pm


    How is it possible that you keep getting BETTER?

    I am proud to say:
    “I knew her when she was just…


    • Stacy Norris on April 16, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks so much for all your encouragements.

  4. Leonetta Dunn on April 15, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Hello! I have heard Stacy perform many times in the last few years. And I must say: she’s a professional! The bands I’ve heard her play in are totally entertaining! She has a promising future!
    Go Stzcy!

  5. Sonja Tal on April 15, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Yo yo, you the best! Before knowing you, I did not any women drummers! Now I have a favorite woman drummer! You rock my world! Sonia

  6. Leonetta Dunn on April 15, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Hello I am so glad to give a shout out to Stacy Norris! I have heard her play several times over the last few years and in that short amount of time I have seen her blossom into an ultra professional drummer. Her skill level is top rung and her entertaining musicianship is off the charts. The bands that she plays with are blessed to have her because she Enhances the bands’ sound so much!
    She’s got the WOW factor! Go Stacy! You rock!

    • Stacy Norris on April 16, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you for all your support and encouragement!

  7. Stephanie Davis on April 16, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I’m a musician as well. I’ve seen Stacy perform. As a vocalist and guitarist, I sense excellence in musical skill and talent. And She’s got it!

  8. Allison Davis on April 16, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    GREAT JOB STACY!!!!🥁 I have heard you play live and you did your thing with this FOR REAL!!!! Keep on playing young lady!!! It’s not simply a talent but a gift as well!!!😇

  9. Nadia Jackson on April 16, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    What a great talent ! So impressive .

  10. Amelia on April 29, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    As a fellow competitor I want to say that your entry is definitely one of my favourites! You’re so relaxed through the whole song and all of your accents and hits are totally on point, as well as your flow and feel being brilliant. Keep up the great work! You’ve got my vote 🙂

  11. sradnoti on May 3, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    My daughter is Jordan Radnoti, one of the other contestants in this competition…I am super impressed with you and the way you play this song….it is one of my favorites!!!…My daughter plays in her school jazz band and they play this song…you really nailed it!!!..Great job!!!!…Best of luck!!❤️

  12. Sheila on May 15, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    atta-girl! Recognizing the iconic nature of the piece yet, you are putting your own flavor in there. Great job!

  13. Sherrii B on May 17, 2020 at 5:09 am

    Awesome- you are definitely a winner

  14. Fernando Jones on May 17, 2020 at 5:23 am

    What a way to start the top of the week. There are no words that I can say, but wow! That’s our little girl all grown up. Wow, I’m proud beyond belief.

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