Stories to Keep named Lilly Kuzma's Top 20 Folk Festival Faves of 2012!
Norm Mast & Al Kniola's "The Back Porch" Top 25 Folk Albums picks of 2012.
Among the best Americana Albums of 2012 for Americana Breakdown, hosted by Art Hanson.
Stories to Keep named #155 on the national list of the top albums of 2012 for folk radio!
Donna's new CD "Stories to Keep" is available on CD Baby
Donna spent most of her years as a singer songwriter in Chicago, soaking up the influences of Steve Goodman and John Prine, but as a teenager growing up in Park Forest, IL, she listened for hours on end to Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell. She developed a love for writing songs while harmonizing with her brother and sister to the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dan Fogelberg and Harry Chapin.
Starting out at open stage night at Earl's Pub (owned by Earl Pionke of The Earl of Old Town) on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, she eventually branched out to perform at the Uncommon Ground Coffeehouse, Two Way Street Coffeehouse, Charlie's Coffeehouse, The Fox Valley Folk Festival, The Heartland Café, Lucille's, Bill's Blues and Songwriters Night at The Bluebird Café in Nashville. She has harmonized on stage with Tom Dundee, Mark Dvorak, Chris Farrell and Buddy Mondlock, most recently appearing with Buddy on WFMT’s Folkstage.
For a brief time, Donna played guitar and sang backup for The Art Thieves, a Chicago-based rock group led by John Kimsey. Her style was a perfect fit for Green Light Performing Company, a children's educational theater and dance group owned by Domenick Danza. Green Light commissioned her to write several songs for their live performances, including “Invisible Light,” which describes the properties of light and supernovas. The song was performed by Green Light at the Adler Planetarium (no relation). Donna was also the voice of a popular radio spot in 1997 for the Little Lotto, singing the jingle “Metal Detector”. Her singing can be quietly heard in the background of the movie soundtrack for “The Vision,” a comedy horror film by Robert Alaniz, singing the song “Demon of Doubt” written by John Ludwig. She has also worked with author Paula Kamen as the sound designer on her play “Seven Dates With Seven Writers”.
Donna has received numerous honorable mentions for her songwriting, most recently as a finalist in the 2013 Eco Arts Awards for her song “Bring You Home.” She has produced four CDs, All The Riches of The World (1997), Alta Vista Sky (2002), Violets and Blues (2007) and Stories To Keep (2012). Her song “Hide and Seek” appears on the compilation CD, “Live At The Uncommon Ground”. Her latest 2 CDs received generous airplay on folk radio. “Stories To Keep” was listed among the top CDs of 2012 for folk radio and landed in the top favorites for WDCB’s “The Folk Show”, WVPE’s “The Back Porch” and WAMU’s “Americana Breakdown”. She has been a host of Rich Warren’s “Sweet Folk Chicago” on WFMT and several of her songs have appeared on his pick list for “The Midnight Special”. She also was a guest speaker at the Songcircle: First Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Donna writes from the heart, using real life experiences while bringing her characters to life. Her singing has drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Linda Ronstadt.