It all started in 1958 when my father gave me a set of bongo drums. In 1959 my dad gave me my first piano lessons. By 1964 I started the drums, finally getting a set of 68 Slingerland. As 1968 ROLLED around it was time for the guitar. Hitched to Woodstock 1969; it was the best three days of my life. We hippies we're gonna change the world and I guess in some ways we did... In 1992 & 1995, I was introduced to the synthesizer (Rolland D-10) & electric bass. Started songwriting in 1970 on the acoustic guitar mostly. I believe your word is your bond. As the great physician once said; "The lips defile the man". So as it is, consider what you write as it becomes your epitaph; Keep the Faith, Peace n pass da Love ...+...
*1980 American Song Festival-contestant for original song: "Sunsetting Sadness" & "Twilight Years"
*1981 American Song Festival-contestant for original song: "Snowblind"
*1981 Fame TV show, songwriting contestant /live performance for original song: "Sailing To The Sun"
optimistically evaluated by Debbie Allen.
*1992 Rainbow Records-winning selection on collaborative album, my first release, for original song "Riverman".
*1996 Talent Search America, 3rd place song for original song "Heart Warriors"
* 2009 Auddy award winner (USA4REAL) for original song "Heart warriors & "Is This Love Anywhere"
*2012 Rank #1 Augusta, Georgia; Reverbnation Indie Pop Chart
*2014 Peaked at Rank #2 In Washington, DC; #51 National Indie Pop chart; #63 Global Indie Pop Chart/ Reverbnation
*2015 Acheived Three #1 singles (#1 "In This Flame"; [PopRpock]; #1 "The Longing" [Blues] Instrumental; #1 "Selur Dog" [Rock] #1@ numberonemusic.com for Washington, DC Indie Pop Chart
* #51 Overall Ranking in US; Reverbnation Pop Chart.
*2016 Peaked at # 1 For the Year 2016 @ NumberOneMusic Washington, DC Indie Pop Chart: www.numberonemusic.com/donniemayer
*2016 Peaked on US National Indie Charts: #17 US "In This Flame" [PopRock]; #23 "Selur Dog" [Rock] #44 US "Metal Love" [AltRock]; #100 US "The Longing" [Blues] Instrumental.