DONNA GREENBERG Vocalist/Songwriter
Donna Greenberg is a unique and stylistically versatile vocalist and songwriter. Her warm voice, musicality and dramatic flair are always evident in her heartfelt performances. Whether singing her own extraordinary original songs or the great popular standards, Donna’s deep love of music is always evident.
A vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, choreographer, dance teacher and dance filmmaker, Donna’s eclectic musical influences include studies in jazz, opera, musical theatre, and liturgical music. After graduating in English Lit from U of T, Donna completed extensive studies in voice, piano, harmony, and counterpoint, and performed solo classical recitals in French, Italian, Spanish, and German. She also composed and wrote lyrics for a number of vocal and choral compositions.
Donna’s first serious foray into jazz began with her one-woman show, A Tribute to Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers, which she wrote, sang, and danced. Her decision to study and perform jazz began with an introduction to jazz/cabaret performer Adi Braun in 2008.
Since then, Donna has worked with music director Jordan Klapman on more than two dozen of her original songs, culminating in the 2011 release of their first multi-language song album, Mav’rik. Mav’rik crosses boundaries by boldly jumping genres — jazz, swing bossa nova, tango, salsa, lullaby, and Celtic folk, all in one album.
Mav’rik showcases Greenberg’s heartfelt, yet powerful lyrics in four languages with haunting melodies, brought to richness with consummate musicians, producer and musical director, Jordan Klapman’ s arrangements and the orchestrations of Tony Quarrington. In the tradition of the 20th century popular songwriters, Greenberg, the songwriter brings this musical craft full-circle for the new millennium.
The release of Donna’s even more ambitious second album of multi-language originals Song in the Wind is in its final production stages and will be released in Fall 2012.
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