Warren H. Hagood II, also known as "Hamm", born in Williamston S.C., Warren's family moved to Washington DC where he spent his childhood. At an early age he had shown his interest in music. He took piano lessons, and banged way on his Mom's pots and pans. A childhood friend, Melvin Mayo, who played drum in his Jr. High School band got Warren interested in drums by letting him play his drum one day while he practiced in their backyard. He joined both his Jr. High School and High School Band. Classes at both, Cal State University Long Beach and Schoenberg School of Music, UCLA
Warren, launched his music career in Washington, D.C., at a very young age, performing at The Howard Theater and local clubs. He has performed more than two dozen times at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. He helped to form the X-Citers Band in Wash. D.C, with Sidney Pinchback, David Henderson, Melvin Moore, Armad MacIntosh and Joe Hudson. They all later moved to Chicago, IL. The X-Citers became one of Chicago's premier show and recording studio bands, backing up some of Chicago finest talent.
He has performed on shows and/or, recorded with such greats as,The Temptations, Etta James, Otis Clay, Tyrone Davis, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Guy, Lisa Minelli, Billy Stewart, War, The Whispers, The Dells, The Chi-lites, Minnie Ripperton, Jon B., The Stylistics, Arron Neville and The Neville Brothers, Billy Preston, BB King, Lionel Richie, Isaac Hayes, Waymon Tisdale, Angie Stone, Ronnie & Eloise Laws, and Yolanda Adams, Howard Hewitt, Bobby Brown, Ollie "Ali" Woodson, Peggy Scott-Adams, Barbara Morrison, Anthony Hamilton, Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill, just to name a few. Warren has played on many recordings by Chicago and Los Angeles based recording artist. He has recorded T.V. and Radio ads and sound tracks for T.V. shows and Movies
In the late 70's, Warren along with Sid Pinchback, David Henderson, Eugene Rogers, David Scott, Sheryl Henry, Frank McCurry and Lance Arnel, formed the group "South Shore Commission". They had some success with recording such hits as "Free Man" which stayed #1, at WBLS in New York City for four weeks, and number 14 in Billboard. Later on that same year, with "We're on The Right Track", which made it to the top 20 in Billboard
Warren, took a break from his music career for eight years to run his own successful Custom Auto Body & Paint business, in the Greater Los Angeles area. A shop that painted high profile pastel colored cars with graphic. He had cars in both "Boys in the Hood" and "Fast and Furious"
Stage credits include, "North on South Central Ave." April of 2003- 04 Which he received an NAACP Image Award for Local Theatre as a cast member for "Best Ensemble" in a Musical, and performed in "American Hot Wax" June of 2003- 06
Warren, adds a unique sound on the drums, playing Smooth Jazz, with a R&B feel. You can also add the word "nice" to his speaking and vocal abilities.
Biography written by, Stephen C. Hagood