Donny was honored in 1989 with being voted #1 male country vocalist in the state of CT. In 1991 Donny released his first self-labeled/Independent album titled "Holdin' on", penning all 10 songs. Donny was a highly sought after performer with his band 'Country' in many clubs, private parties, and other venues in the North East corner. Donny also had the pleasure of being the highlighted opening act for many greats,namely Ricky Van Shelton, Keith Whitley,Bobby Bare, Faron Young, Eddy Raven and others. In 1992 Donny set out for Nashville to further his goals. Within a week he landed an exclusive Publishing/Artist development deal. Only a year later to be selected as one of the "head-liners" at the well known Hunter Mountain Music Festival in Catskill NY. In Nashville Donny also had the pleasure of collaborating with many great respected song writers such as Hugh Moffat ("Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You" Merle Haggard also released by Dolly Pardon), Larry Kingston ("Thank God & Greyhound She's Gone" Roy Clark), Kendal Francheschi ("Whoever's In New England"/Reba McCentire) Roger Dillon("Sticks & Stones"/Tracy Lawrence), Harlan Sanders ("If The Drinking Don't Kill Me"/George Jones), William Kitchens ("Bad Dog No Biscuit" / Darin Norwood) to name a few. Donny also had the pleasure of working with many respected music industry people, whom he still has an honorable working relationships with. In the year "2000" Donny was honored with being chosen #1 Country Artists by the Artist DirectNetwork's "Born On the Web" contest, presented by"Pringles". Voted on by Internetlisteners and a panel of celebrity judges namely, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Lance Bass of (N'sync), and music industries Larry Fitzgerald & Maria Bruiner.
The year 2001, found Donny relocating back to New England,Donny feeling strongly about the importance to re-connect with his roots.Taking his Nashville experiences with him, Donny still stays faithful to his natural born talent, constantly molding and polishing his creativity and crafts. Donny as a songwriter has penned a multitude of songs, at present. He reformed his band "The Donny Sawyer Band in 2002 and has received more than an excited, tremendous warm welcome from his faithful fans and new listeners alike.
Donny's single release "Old Glory" (Signs of Hope) has been said to be an undeniable copyright as a patriotic song in honor of 9/11 heroes), bringing Donny the honor of Hudson NY choosing "Old Glory" (Signs of Hope) as their 'County that Cares' theme song. Donny had the unforgettable opportunity to be able to show his patriotism for America, as he gave a moving solo performance on the Hudson River in Hudson NY in June of 2002, as 3 honorable Port Authority Officers from the WTC raised the American Flag over the Hudson River during his performance. The single "Old Glory" (Signs of Hope) was further recognized by the oldest flag company in the world Annin Co. from NJ. As they asked permission to use "Old Glory" as their 1-800 on hold song, as they introduce their new Sept. 11th commemorative banner to their customers.
After 5 years of stomping the old grounds and playing the old clubs of Donny's home town and surrounding area's. After finishing his latest CD "I'm Your Man" released in September of 2005
In 2006 Donny packed up and moved back to Nashville to really dig in to his song writing. Over the past 3 years Donny has written what he calls his best songs and is really getting good reviews soon to get a cut.
Donny has been around a few blocks musically, he has been described by many as..."A True Country Artist - With A True Country Voice.
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