Contemporary Pianist Donovan Johnson
"I tell the stories of my life, as they relate to every one of us. And I play the piano. Let me tell you a story, then I'll play you a song that expresses it." From Donovan's roots in rural Midwestern America to the streets of London England, his original piano music has been an inspiration to people from around the globe. Combining a unique mixture of Contemporary, Classical, and Country styles, Donovan's original piano compositions have a signature that is clearly one of a kind.
His first original piano disk, "Pieces Of Life," was recorded in 2008 as a collaboration of songs that Donovan had written throughout the years and leading up to a "fork in the road." The following year he released an album of Holiday originals and favorites in "Winter Solstice: Celebrate The Season!" His next two albums, "Road To Home" and October," are both featured on Pandora radio and have received a great deal of critical acclaim. His 2014 release, "Infinite Beauty," was a multi nominated award contender and won the first place in the "Best Solo Piano" category for the month of November at the Akademia Music Awards.
Donovan has studied music all his life. He's been a student, a teacher, a music director, a church musician, and a fill in for bands and jazz combos. He transcribes sheet music, reviews CD's, teaches music, operates an online radio station, holds masterclasses and workshops, and travels all over the United States with his renown piano stool. As he'll tell you, "I like to bring a piece of home with me when I'm on the road." He performs solo piano, and sometimes he brings his band, depending on style and situation of the concert he's playing.
At home Donovan plays a refurbished 1893 Steinway upright piano, model "K." On the road, he's performed all over the United States in venues including Carnegie hall, The Historic Surf Ballroom (where Buddy Holly had his final performance), aboard Carnival Cruise Lines, and has a scheduled performance at the Grand Ole Opry in September of 2017. He's also performed at the world renown Place Des Arts in Montreal Canada, and for the Unity UK annual festival in London England.