The Person Behind The Music

Donna Raphael is originally from the Commonwealth of Dominica, a beautiful island in the Caribbean. She has been living in Florida since 2006.

As far back as she can remember, music has always been in her life. She started taking music classes at age five, beginning with the recorder. When she graduated from that instrument, she went on to play flute, keyboard, and steel pan/drums. Growing up, she did numerous performances for audiences solo and as a group with her fellow musicians. She sat various theory and practical music exams, receiving awards for high scores in her music exams. She also traveled overseas to attend music camps to perfect her craft.

Donna graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts on September 2012. She earned a perfect attendance award and a course director award in audio file management and documentation. She also won the mix competition in her sessions recording class and received a certificate for her accomplishment. Donna is also a past member of Grammy U.

In addition to her music degree, she also has a Bachelor’s degree from DeVry University in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Web Development and Administration. She is a front-end web developer and currently a Web Projects Manager, overseeing the full project lifecycle of small- to large-scale web projects.

Donna tells her stories through her music. The style of music is contemporary with a sprinkle of Caribbean flavor. Her music is her own and her life experiences are told through it. Her vocals are soft, and a pleasure to listen to. She also collaborates with other musicians to help spice up the technique and learn how to be more creative in all aspects of her music.

Today, Donna has gotten more into the studio side of music production and she’s proud to say she’s still learning. Presently, she uses Logic Pro and Pro Tools, mainly to create her instrumentals and sounds. She’s passionate, motivated and multi-talented having the titles of Musician, Music Engineer and Composer.

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