It's Day 4 of the A-Z Challenge and it's Saturday... we're off tomorrow!
"D" is for "Donald."
A 1990 graduate of Juilliard, Donald Braswell II, 52, is an American actor, classical crossover tenor and composer. Donald was on the fast track to becoming an internationally acclaimed opera singer until a 1995 hit-and-run accident left him unable to speak for almost two years.
|Performing After Graduating Juilliard in 1990|
Regaining his speech and singing voice by the new millennium, Donald was away from the spotlight until his appearance on the 2008 season of America’s Got Talent. Eventually, he beat out more than 100,000 contestants, cracked the Top Five in the finals and jumpstarted his second chance at a career in entertainment.
Today, Donald performs a variety of musical genres ranging from pure classical, to soul and mainstream pop. He engages people of many cultures by singing in various languages outside of English, including Spanish, Italian, Neapolitan, French and Russian.
Donald’s repertoire includes Mario Frangoulis’ bilingual version of the Moody Blues classic Nights in White Satin; The Prayer and Andrea Bocelli’s Vivere. Other songs include Aqustin Lara’s Rosa (Spanish), Mario Frangoulis’ Vincerò, perderò (Italian) and the Neapolitan standard O sole mio. To date, he’s released three CDs and recently finalized a fourth studio album.
Married to his high school sweetheart for thirty years, Donald remains a strong man of God and proud father to three girls. He believes his second chance at singing is a gift meant to help others, so he continues to perform many charity performances.
|Donald - Today|
One of Donald's main goals in sharing his story with me is the hope that his journey, “Will inspire people struggling with issues to never, ever give up on their own dreams.”
For more information, click HERE for one of my recent blog posts.
MONDAY: "E" is for "Endurance" (Notes on his many trials and tribulations.)