Pianist / Keyboardist(no reviews)
Based In: Calgary, Alberta
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Don's Keynote Concert performances bring a special kind of energy and enthusiasm to the stage, as he takes his audiences on a journey facilitated through story and song - and laced with loads of humour and heartfelt moments. Choose from one of three different presentations: 1. Passionate Persistence Pays 2. Loving Your Legacy 3. Differences Pay Dividends
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As a producer, Don has successfully worked with Grammy Award winning artists and songwriters to produce some of the most commercially accessible music of today - with a sound that is world class on every level. As an award winning songwriter, Don brings to the table a creative diversity that’s reflected in a sampling of his co-writers over the years. He’s found himself locking pens with Grammy Award - winning writers like David Paich (Toto) and Bill Champlin (Chicago) in ... addition to Dann Huff (Producer for Rascal Flatts/Keith Urban/Bon Jovi), Chris Eaton (Amy Grant/Janet Jackson) and Canadian mega-producer and hit songwriter David Foster.
Don signed an exclusive staff writer deal with Australian based Bell Hughes Music Group in 2007 and enjoyed the benefits of more international exposure than ever before. There have been numerous Asian cuts to speak of covering the Chinese, Japanese and Korean markets across the pond. More recently his collaboration with David Foster was recorded by boy band super-group MC The Max and released at the beginning of 2014.
Country superstar John Berry and Grammy winning inspirational artist Steve Archer have recorded Don's material domestically, and he's enjoyed collaborating over the years with the likes of Hall of Fame writer Jeff Berry (Do Wah Diddy/I Honestly Love You), and ABC Reality Show winner Jessica Ridley. A longtime sports fanatic, Don has written music for both the NHL and NBA, while national television smiled on one of his songs in the popular reality show "The Hills" on MTV. Most recently, Don completed an original musical score for a powerful documentary that was released in the Fall of 2017.
Don has played keys for and toured with numerous artists over the years – from six time Grammy Winner Russ Taff to high end ABBA tribute acts Bjorn Again and ABBACADABBRA. But he cites his onstage support of Steve Archer as being the most fulfilling and long term live venture he’s ever been a part of. He considers it an honor and a privilege to play with the artist whom singlehandedly influenced his musical journey more than any gone before or since. Don states…
"Every night is a new adventure and I never tire of the unique nuances that make every concert performance something special.” As both a songwriter and a musician, Don is a firm believer in sharing music that touches the very core of the human soul. Judging by the audience reactions in recent years, it definitely seems he’s struck a chord – as he embodies passion with every note he plays.
I have performed in every context imaginable from festival stages to coffeehouses, cruise ships to corporate events, theatres, bars and churches to private house concerts. Whether in a group context, duo or solo I love to connect with every audience in a palpable way - doing everything in my power to make our experience together unforgettable.
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I will make myself available to show musicians who have speaking ability how they can leverage these two powerful tools into an art form and genre that will truly revolutionize their careers and their livelihoods. Let me show you how to break free from the box of the traditional music industry and allow you to start being paid what you're worth to perform. Here's a sneak peek at what I'm talking about: www.donskeynoteconcerts.com
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