Donna is described as a solid drummer who puts the groove in a pocket and drives the rhythm on through. The pulse and energy of any good band.
Singer, songwriter, percussionist, Donna Kay, knew from an early age she was destined for music with the native ghost dance drumming influencing her future. Growing up and spending most of her life on the shores of northwestern Saskatchewan's Ministikwan Lake, the sounds of the drum would stay with her forever.
She has gone on to be the pulse of several top forty bands. The music she makes is a magical blend of styles of her influences ranging from R& B to rock and roll, disco to country. Her voice and vocal range saturate the senses with pleasures that can awaken, mend and nurture the soul. Donna has you the minute she opens her mouth. She can start off soft and easy and move to an aggressive rock edge. Her performances attract an eclectic group of people of all ages and walks of life...all devoted to the addicting sounds of Donna Kay.
One only has to listen to her latest CD, Full Circle, to know she has mastered her voice and continues to refine her song writing skills. Donna is just getting started writing and recording with Alvin Chief and Little Island Cree (the boys next door), a two-time Juno nominee native drum group from Island Lake First Nation (Ministikwan Lake). Together, their original creations capture the presence of nature and fill your mind with a story, a melody, a rhythm, and a feeling that life is good. Thankfully, this is only the beginning.
Born and raised in Ministikwan Lake, Saskatchewan. Currently residing in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada.
Music Style: Blend of traditional native and contemporary.
Workshops: Donna has extensive workshop experience. She has instructed workshops on vocal projection and voice care in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the Prairie Music Awards and in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, for the University of Calgary continuing education and Western Canadian Music Awards. Her workshop experience also includes a professional development class for Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Alberta.
Achievements & Points of Interest:
· Recorded one album, Out of the Blue, which received national and international airplay.
· Won a Calgary based song-writing contest for the radio station, Lite '96.
· Chosen for Alberta Music Project and three songs were recorded.
· Took part in SOCAN advanced songwriter workshop in Edmonton and Vancouver.
· Performance experience in clubs, jamborees, soft seat concerts, festivals and numerous charities.
· Performed and organized the 1st and 2nd annual Okotoks charity Christmas Concert (2003-2004), which played to a sold out crowd of one thousand people.
· Musician for Diamond Valley Christmas Concert (1993-2004).
· Composed the music and performed for the Premier's Prayer Breakfast in 1994. Also performed at three additional Mayor's Breakfasts.
· Faculty member of Rocky Mountain College.
Experience & Education:
· Performance percussionist, singer and songwriter, Donna Kay Music. Okotoks, AB. 25 years.
· Part time vocal teacher for 30 students, Up-Tempo School of Music. Okotoks, AB. 1997-2004.
· Part time vocal coaching for professional voice users, Private instruction. Okotoks, AB.1997-2004.
· Business partner, Johnson's Resort & Johnson's Outfitters, Ministikwan Lake, SK. 30 years.
· University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. Classical Singers Convention. May 2004.
· Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. International Voice Care Symposium. June 2004.
· University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. NATS Workshop on Pedagogy. January 2003.
· Banff Arts Center, Banff, Alberta. International Voice Care Symposium. May 1999.
· Voice Study, Calgary, Alberta. Studied voice under the direction of singing voice specialist, Katherine Ardo. 1993-2004.