Leonard "Pudge" Tribbett was born May 31, 1980, in Camden, New Jersey to Wilhelmina Tribbett and the late Leonard Tribbett Sr. Having the strong influence from a musical background, and a rich family tradition in music, Leonard was destined to become successful through his musical inclination. It was through his father that "Pudge" as we all know him, began to pick up the sticks to become one with the drums. He recalls sitting on the front row at church watching his father play as one of his earliest memories of his growing passion for the drums.
Leonard began to play drums at the age of 8 and it was at this time that he briefly began lessons in elementary school. By the age of 11 he began to play drums for his middle school jazz band and Woodrow Wilson High School’s Gospel Choir. It was in 1996 when Leonard "Pudge" Tribbett began to play for the Grammy nominated Gospel Group, Tye Tribbett & G.A. and it is with this group that he began to travel across the world sharing his gift and has not looked back. Pudge is widely known for his "TIGHT" pocket style of playing along with his powerful chops. His expressive combinational rhythms are filled with his passion and his Love for the drums and the Power of music.
Leonard has been blessed with the privilege to share his gift of music across many stages Worldwide with many great artist, which include: Ray Chew & The Crew, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Michael McDonald, Isley Brothers, Usher, Sheila E, Jennifer Hudson, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Jon Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie, Weird Al Yankovic, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Tye Tribbett & G.A., Fifth Harmony, Jamie Foxx, Roberta Flack, Adley Stump, Lana Del Rey - (Musical Director), Melanie Fiona, Andy Mineo, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Leah LaBelle Raphael Sadiq, Eric Roberson, Phonte, Ginuwine, Dionne Warwick, Glenn Lewis, Freddie Jackson, SWV, Regina Belle-(Musical Director), Vivian Green, Frank McComb, Richard Smallwood, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary (Erica & Tina Campbell), Israel Houghton & New Breed, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Jekayln Carr, Yolanda Adams, Tamela Mann, Church on the Move (Seeds Conference) Natalie Grant, Kurt Carr, Myron Butler, Hezekiah Walker, Da Truth, Patti Griffin, Jason Nelson, Kierra Sheard, Brian Courtney-Wilson, John P. Kee, Men of Standard, Shirley Caesar, Kim Burrell, Donnie McClurkin, Maranda Curtis, KJ Scriven, Tonya Baker, Jeff Walthall, Mali Music, William McDowell, Lena Byrd-Miles, The Walls Group, Matthew Whitaker, Juanita Francis (UK Artist), Deon Kipping, Byron Cage, Willow Stephens, Jeff Walthall, L. Spencer Smith, Judith Christie McAllister and was also featured on the Prince of Egypt Inspirational Soundtrack.
Leonard has also made numerous television appearances on BET, VH1 Soul, TV One, Comedy Central, NBC10 (which included Saturday Night Live) The Gospel Music Channel and several European Networks. (Which included Later with Jools Holland) Pudge is currently touring with 8x Grammy Award winner Anita Baker as well as doing dates with 2x Grammy Award winner Erica Campbell from the award winning gospel duo Mary Mary. It is through these artist and other opportunities that he continues to soar and expand his musical gifts.
Aside from touring, Pudge continues to increase in his fidelity to the industry by performing clinics/workshops, and producing music. He also serves as the Director of Music & Fine Arts at his church. To add to his musical journey, he recently joined the SPLICE team under the SOULSURPLUS entity, serving as a Content Producer. Leonard "Pudge" Tribbett is the proud husband of Nicole and father to Liam Tribbett and strives to maintain a great foundation in Christian values.
Leonard is honored to endorse: REMO Drumheads, DW Drums Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth, HQ/Puresound, DrumDots, Shybaffles & Roland.