MICHAEL has seen firsthand how her music has touched the lives of
her listeners. With a signature style of grace, honesty and deep
compassion, her critically acclaimed recordings of distinctively
original contemporary instrumental piano compositions have been
described as “a heavenly escape,” “food for the soul,” and “wondrously
both a solo pianist and as a vocalist, Donna’s
audiences range from intimate listening rooms to immense concert
halls, and she is a frequent performer at such diverse music venues
as the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville as well as Science of Mind,
Unity and other New Thought churches throughout the country. In
particular, her music has found a very special home in wellness
centers and hospitals, in various settings for the healing arts,
in churches, during corporate conferences, and for creativity
and motivational seminars.
highly regarded as a motivational speaker and teacher, Donna combines
her refreshingly unique music with a heartfelt keynote message to
self-empowering presentations of hope, inspiration, joy and possibility.
Her work as a Religious Science practitioner and ministerial candidate
and as a volunteer with Operation Smile—an organization dedicated
to helping those with physical impairments—continues to unite her
with audiences and individuals embracing the challenges and triumphs
of personal and spiritual journeys.
Donna’s most powerful presence as a speaker and teacher is
expressed in her work as a Radical Forgiveness Coach. Trained extensively
in Atlanta by award-winning author Colin Tipping (RADICAL
Forgiveness), Donna presents seminars and workshops based on
this simple yet “radically” different approach to forgiveness.
Having experienced it for herself on a deep personal level, Donna
knows firsthand how this approach can literally transform lives.
“Radical Forgiveness allows us an opportunity to discover
how some of our greatest heartaches and losses can be an open door
to amazing blessings,” says Donna. Her workshops, entitled
“Finding Freedom in Forgiveness,” extend to participants—both
groups and individual clients—an opportunity to walk through
that open door, reframe the past, and embrace the future with a
newfound sense of release and inner peace.
from North Carolina, Donna is a classically trained musician and
a former award-winning visual artist and instructor with a Masters
degree in art. Upon relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, she chose
to once again embrace her love of music by first serving as Regional
Workshops Director for the Nashville Songwriters Association International
before subsequently devoting full time to composing, performing
and speaking. During her NSAI tenure, it was her responsibility
to oversee 100 satellite chapters of the world’s largest established
organization for songwriters, providing education for aspiring writers
as well as a format for successful hitmakers to share their award-winning
professional songwriting skills.
The Brighter Side of Night and
This Feels Like Heaven—Donna’s
first three highly acclaimed instrumental albums—were
recorded and released as she balanced her music industry and creative
careers. Hammered dulcimer partner Lee
Spears joined her to compose, arrange and produce the first
two projects, and the duo and their music have been featured on
public television, on National
Public Radio, and also on the Hearts
of Space programming.
Feels Like Heaven, Donna’s collection of original solo piano
compositions, further expanded her well-established reputation as
a gifted composer and performer and also provided the perfect opportunity
to combine her artistic and musical skills. As with the cover of
Winterfall, she created a special pencil
drawing, found inside this “totally
acoustic and completely beautiful” album.
subsequently recorded and released two new
albums that powerfully reflect her own—and her listeners’—search
for hope, faith and inspiration. Somewhere
in the Silence, a highly unusual piano album, differs greatly
from her previous work in that it was performed and recorded live,
non-stop, with absolutely no pre-planned music. Truly one-of-a-kind,
it is an uninterrupted, continual creative
flow. “Coming from personal experiences and having only a feeling
of faith and trust, I simply ‘showed up,’” Donna says, “and allowed
the music to speak to me and through me.” Described as “seventy
minutes of serenity,” this delicately quiet, prayerful and meditative
work continues to have a healing effect
upon the lives and hearts of her listeners.
Will of the Wind showcases her most-requested vocal songs.
With her gently expressive voice, she offers a “musical journey
of spiritual awakening” that also includes several original piano
compositions. This collection is described by noted author Candy
Paull as “heartfelt music that can help you put the pieces [of
your life] back together again.”
life change in 2001 was the genesis for Donna to create Into
the Light, a special limited edition CD of song chants.
Written during a time of initial challenge and subsequent renewal,
each chant carries a message of hope and inspiration. Simple yet
beautiful, these memorable melodies are easy to sing. Instrumental
accompaniment tracks have also been included on the album to facilitate
group singing. The soaring “A
Light in this World” has truly become Donna’s
signature song. Recently translated into other languages, it is
now sung in schools, churches and at conferences throughout the
nation. With this CD as well as other recordings in the chant series
collection (I Feel Joy, Out of the Darkness and One
Mind One Heart), Donna has found yet another avenue of
expression for healing, hope and gratitude that continues to profoundly
touch listeners from all walks of life.