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Donald Hunt is a 21-year-old, jazz recording artist from Philadelphia, PA. "Donald's powerful pipes, unique creative vision, outstanding musical training, engaging stage presence, and unrelenting work ethic have prepared him to make his mark in the music industry," says performance coach Roger Lee. Donald's debut jazz album will be recorded this summer in Nashville, TN. With the help of Nik Rodewald, a Berklee College of Music friend and Nashville native, Donald is set to record original jazz music along with a few standards. This electrifying project will introduce Donald Hunt as a young, contemporary jazz recording artist. "I want to write and perform the best music I possibly can on my own terms and have it be well received by the public," says Donald. The aspiring recording artist has ambitious goals of having his music expand the jazz audience, bring about a greater appreciation of jazz, and expand the horizons of jazz to new boundaries. As a jazz recording artist, Donald's mission is to create contemporary jazz music with rich elements of big-band swing and bop saturating his work.
While growing up listening to the dynamic sounds of Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Michael Jackson, Judy Garland, and Whitney Houston. Donald began singing at the age of 10. "All I can remember is singing directly to my mother in the audience. The feeling was fantastic," says Donald. His love for singing evolved into a love for instrumental music. At age 11 Donald began studying the cello and continued it while attending the prestigious Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Over the years Donald has had the pleasure of singing and playing with school and church choirs while studying as a full-time student.
Donald perfected his craft as both a musical practitioner and scholar; he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, training under some of the best musical artists in the United States. During a Berklee vocal class, Donald found his calling to be a jazz vocalist after experimenting with pop and R&B music. "After my professor loved my rendition of "Bye Bye Blackbird," jazz music just clicked for me," admits Donald. "I realized then and there that jazz music allows me to truly sing in my own God-given voice in an unapologetic way."
Donald Hunt is currently working with a performance coach, writing new music, and preparing to head to Nashville, TN for a summer of exciting recording. After the album launch, Donald plans to perform his tracks in jazz clubs, college campuses, and theater venues around the country. He will also have a heavy, engaging, and interactive social media presence to connect with fans, the media, and general public. "I would like to add more accessibility into the jazz music world. Much like classical music, it can seem a bit intimidating at first being around a lot of jazz fans when attending a concert. I want to make jazz music for everyone," says Donald.