I was COMPLETELY impressed by your singing ability and talent! I get these "feelings..." and you, darlin', are going somewhere! 

- Blondie, 96.1 WHNN (Saginaw, MI) and online radio program, Johnny and Blondie Live

(January 27, 2016)


"You've got a good thing going!"

- Richard Young of the Grammy-winning group Kentucky Headhunters

(June 12, 2015)


"...a rising star with an immense amount of talent."

- Dick Wagner, legendary producer and music legend

(Nov. 18, 2011)


“Another great Michigan musician.”

- J.T. “the Brick"

Donald's single, "Destination Unknown," was featured on "FOX Sports Radio’s nationally-syndicated “JT the Brick Show,”

which is broadcast on over 250 radio stations, XM channel 169, the Armed Forces Radio Network and www.foxsportsradio.com.

(March 16, 2009)

 

“Very talented and gifted.”

- Deb Michaels (former co-host)  B-Rock 103.3, the “Dennis and Deb Morning Show,” Alpena, Michigan (2004)

 

“You’ve got confidence and appeal… really had the ladies going.”

- 102.5 WIOG Mid-Michigan Idol judges

Saginaw, Michigan (2002)


 “A superb talent… worthy of stardom."

- Wamphri Lust Music E-Zine 

(October 2002)


2014 Review Music Awards

"Best New Artist" (w/ Less Than Ordinary)
"Best Male Rock Vocalist"
"Best Blues Instrumentalist"
"Best Music Website" (www.dbenjaminblues.webs.com)
"Best CD Release" (Destination Unknown: the Re-Release)
"Best Music Video" (Last Man Standing, from "REBORN")
"Best Blues Band" (w/ Less Than Ordinary)
"Best Rock Band"  (w/ Less Than Ordinary)
"Best Alt. Band"    (w/ Less Than Ordinary)

2013 Review Music Awards

"Best New Artist" (w/ Lemon Frog)

"Best Blues Songwriter"

"Best Male Blues Vocalist"

Misc. Awards

2012 NEMMA's (2x)

2012 SEVOX RADIO "Song of the Year" (Used To)

2004 ONLINE INDIE "Pick Hit" (Senses)

Award Nominations

Donald has been nominated for over 60+ awards, from various entertainment organizations, charitable functions and "fan's choice" events, over the years, including:

Review Magazine Music Awards (Saginaw, MI)
Josie Music Awards (Nashville, TN)
Nashville Universe Awards (Nashville, TN)
Universal Music Awards (London, UK)
Northeast Michigan Music Awards (Oscoda, MI)
SEVOX Radio (Internet Radio)

Notable Performances

  • July 28, 2017: Opened for country music icon, Joe Diffie, in Ishpeming, MI
  • July 30, 2016: Performed with Billboard-charting artists, David Shelby and Olivia Lane, at 94.5 Live event, in Standish, MI.
  • May 4, 2016: Shared the stage with 80's rock icon, Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), at Hamilton St. Pub in Saginaw, MI.
  • September 12, 2015: Performed on the main stage at Country Con, in Owensboro, KY.
  • July 11, 2015: Performed with Billboard-charting artist, David Shelby, in AuGres, MI.
  • May 15, 2014: Performed with Bruce LaFrance (bassist for Maverick Records / Billboard charting artists, Tantric) at Bay City's Willew Lounge.
  • March 14, 2014: Opened for Average Joe's / Sony / Universal Entertainment act, REHAB (ft. Demun Jones), farewell tour, at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI.