Ivan Hampden was born and raised in New York City, growing up in Harlem's musically diverse neighborhoods listening to the rhythms of R&B, Salsa, Caribbean, Jazz, Blues, Pop and so much more. By age 13, he was playing in local clubs in and around New York City with blues musicians who helped instill in him his sense of timing and groove. Best known for his work with Luther Vandross, he currently records and tours with other notable artists such as Stephanie Mills, Ashford & Simpson, Roberta Flack, Phil Perry, Vanessa Williams and Jennifer Lopez. Ivan has also performed behind such artist's as Bonnie Raitt, Al Jareau, Dione Warwick, Maceo Parker, El Debarge, Kenny Latimore, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Michael MacDonald, India Arie & Joe; the list just goes on and on. In 2001, Ivan relocated to the south, where he continues to write, produce and tour around the world. For his latest venture, he has started a school of percussion in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, as well as working with local talent and the local colleges in the Raleigh area. In the fall of 2007, Ivan has signed on as an adjunct professor, teaching recording production 1&2 and post production at North Carolina Central University in Durham.