Donna grew up in Upstate New York where she and her siblings were introduced to the world of jazz. She and her twin sister, Dawn, were raised in a family of jazz enthusiasts who listened to the music of great jazz artists like Nancy Wilson ‘Guess Who I Saw Today’, Billy Strayhorn, ‘Take the A Train’ with Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr, ‘Hey There’, and Count Basie ‘April in Paris. Her great love for the music evolved her into a powerful jazz vocalist whose music has been played throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.
A graduate of the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts, Donna has had formal training at the Julliard School and has kept music close to her heart. She established Dr. Donna's School of Song where aspiring musicians can begin their journey in the world of music. She shares her gift with young and adult students by providing mentoring and training in piano and voice. She is a member of The National Guild of Piano Teachers: Teachers Division of American College of Musicians since June 26, 2006.
From 1998 to 2004 she hosted the weekly gospel show, "Down by the River" on WJFF-FM public radio in Sullivan County, NY. Donna performed for 15 years as the lead vocalist in the Swing Shift Orchestra, a 17-piece big band featuring the music of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and many more. The Singers and their only son, Christopher, have recently moved to West Palm Beach from the lush Catskill Mountains.
Donna's voice is showcased in five CDs which have been consistently climbed the charts and ranked as high as top 20 nationally in the USA on the CMJ/NPR jazz charts. Her songs have airplay internationally. Her most recent CD ‘Feelng The Jazz’ released on 7/1/17 has been submitted for a Grammy nomination.
Donna's CD’s are available on iTunes International, CDBaby, Rhapsody, Shazam, GooglePlay and Amazon.com and Amazon Europe. Donna's performance videos are on YouTube and have had almost 1/2 million views, join the buzz and check it out! The music is heard on the playlist of hundreds of terrestrial radio stations worldwide, as well as Internet stations Pandora, Live365 Radio, AOL Radio, Spotify, M3Radio, Soundcloud, ReverbNation, CDBaby, and Taintradio - an international alliance of independent producers dedicated to presenting music and music-related programming on the Internet 24/7.
Look for her latest CD ‘Feeling The Jazz’ on sites such as iTunes, Amazon, Pandora. and playing on your local jazz or public radio station.
For the second time, she is up for a Grammy nomination. She’ll be there at the 2018 Grammys in New York City waiting to pick up her first award.
Powerhouse performer Donna Singer has wowed jazz lovers around the world during her recent performances in Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, and Wales. This summer 2018 she has 2 jazz performances in Paris, France. Donna has fired up audiences while belting out old-time favorites and familiar jazz tunes. Whether it be at the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Lincoln Center, NYC, the Miami Dolphin’s Sunrise Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC or a corner cafe at home in West Palm Beach, FL – Donna has performed in music series and festivals, clubs, cafes and fundraising events the 2015 Bethany Jazz Concert in festival in Kansas. The Nebraska International Jazz Festival in 2014, Jazz in June; and 2013 the Saratoga Arts Festival, Newburgh Jazz Series, New York Heritage Festival and the Amphitheater in Vienna, VA.
Everywhere Donna’s name is listed as show highlight, the electrifying excitement builds up and on the first note sung, Donna becomes the center of attention as she captures the hearts of young and old. Donna’s moment in stage remains unforgettable. She has an impressive repertoire of jazz, swing, rhythm, and blues that thrills the audience to dance, sing-along or quietly enjoy the rapture of emotions brought to light by Donna’s incredible voice.
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"Take The Day Off: An amazing Harlem performance by Donna & Doug...Donna Singer, aptly named, sang her heart out while Billy worked his magic on the keys and Doug and Mike kept up a jazzy groove. The performers are clearly professionals with a lot of experience and love for what they do. Their stage presence and musical consistency made the show a pleasant experience that jazz lovers shouldn't miss.
~Nicholas Gauthier, Examiner.com