Welcome to the music home base of Craig Donovan and my photographic diary of the travels where my music has taken me as well as the special people in my life, cultures, places, social causes and things that inspire me and feed my soul. I am a singer-songwriter, electric and acoustic guitarist, mandolinist and keyboardist (piano, synthesizer) originally from New York City, who now hails from the Washington, DC area.
The style of my original music has been described as if James Taylor crashed into Weezer, Elvis Costello or Asian Kung-Fu Generation. An eclectic mix of beautifully-crafted engaging harmonies, emotional lyrics and rhythmic flow with a professional, engrossing and energetic stage presence and prominent guitar arpeggios, hard-edged guitar riffs, and power chords.
Craig Donovan Returns to Recording Studio to Cut a New Song"Took a Chance on Me" (C. Donovan) for Forthcoming New Album, June 14, 2019
On June 14-15, 2019 (Session I), Craig entered the studio to record a new song and vocal duet for his forthcoming new release slated for 2020. The song is a vocal duet entitled "Took a Chance on Me" (C. Donovan) and features bubbly and uniquely-voiced pop singer-songwriter, Danni Sheron, sharing the vocals and harmonizing with Craig on the song. The song represents a departure in style from his J-rock inspired 2018 release, "SKYSHINE". The new song recorded at Commodore Recording Studio and engineered by Doug Benson in Thurmont, MD also features the talented studio musician and graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music, David Lester on bass guitar and the gifted, veteran jazz and rock drummer, Edgar Myers on the skins and percussion. Craig will be writing and recording throughout summer 2019.
Craig Donovan's "Shadow to Your Light" Featured and Reviewed on MySongBro Indie Music Podcast, May 27, 2019
On Monday, May 27, 2019, the popular indie music podcast, My SongBro with Host David Esposito featured Craig Donovan's song "Shadow to Your Light" with eight other talented and upcoming songwriters and bands on the podcast's Song Reviews Episode 33. Check out the sterling and insightful review Craig received on MySongBro's website https://bit.ly/2HGAgFZ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mysongbro and on SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/mysongbro/song-reviews-ep-33-shadow-to-your-light?ft
Craig Donovan Appearing at DC Music Festival Rhode Island Avenue Main Street's Porch Fest 2019 on Saturday, April 13, 2019
Invited back to perform at this great and growing music festival in Washington, DC that annually sounds the beginning of spring as the cherry blossoms come into bloom, Craig Donovan will be appearing at the District's 2019 Rhode Island Avenue Main Street's Porch Fest. Craig will be performing a set of original songs at 1903 Jackson Street NE 20018 from 2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. and will share the porch with the singing and songwriting talents of Rosie Cima and What She Dreamed and Megan Uko.
The list of performers, performance locations, schedules and other details may be found at:
Craig Donovan Announces Performances in Hollywood, CA with Songwriter Stephen Bannon in May 2019
As part of a jam-packed week of events and an upcoming interview, Craig will be traveling to Los Angeles, CA to appear and perform songs from his recent release "SKYSHINE" at the intimate singer-songwriter venue of Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood, CA on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. He also will premier two new compositions that will be featured on his new album, which is currently being recorded. Craig will be sharing the evening with Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Stephen Bannon.