Music

After many years of performing behind the biggest artist in the world, Donald Barrett has begun the process to show that he is not just an accomplished musician but a talented writer/composer as well. Futurama will be Donald Barrett's first single as a solo artist. This project will showcase original music that has been written and composed by Donald Barrett along with the help of Co-Producer J. Michael O'Neal. Featured on this single are world class musicians which include, Juan Nelson (Ben Harper), James Davis (Andre Crouch), J. Michael O'Neal (Ruben Studdard/Peabo Bryson), Randy Gist (Phillip Phillips/Film & T.V Composer).

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Drumming

Donald Barrett was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago. After relocating to LosAngeles Donald Barrett has become the first call drummer for artist such as Toni Braxton, Sade, Seal, Pink, New Kids On The Block, Pussycat Dolls, Colbie Caillat just to name a few. Donald Barrett also has bolstered his Session work by appearing on 5 Josh Kelly Albums, Twilight "Breaking Dawn" Movie Soundtrack, This Christmas Movie Soundtrack as well as Macy Grey's Soon to be released albums this summer (2014).

Donald Barrett has appeared on many T.V Shows including: MTV Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Ellen Show, Oprah, David Letterman, Tonight Show w Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Michael and Kelly show, Good Morning America & The Today Show. Along with his many television appearances Donald Barrett held the house drum chair for late night show "Last Call With Carson Daly" for 3 years. Donald was the youngest drummer to hold that chair at the age of 26.

Discography

Futurama Deluxe Single - Donald Barrett (2014)

The Absence Of Fear - Simon Lynge (2014)

KIKAIDER REBOOT — Japanese Soundtrack Release (2014)

Macy Grey - The Way (2014)

Acoustic Fire — Kandace Lindsey (2013)

Another Woman - Jason Joseph (2013)

Jackie Dyles - No Limit (2012)

Don’t Let Go — Jason Joseph and The Spectacular (2011)

Twilight Breaking Dawn (2011)

Emancipation — Amanda Marie (2011)

Boldly Going Nowhere — Justin Derrico (2011)

To Remember — Josh Kelley (2010)

The Christmas Card — Jason Joseph (2009)

He Loves Me — Ruth Barrett (2009)

Let The Games Begin — Derek Frank (2009)

This Christmas (2008)

Migration — Pascal Le Boeuf (2006)

Get With It — Josh Kelley (2006)

Just Say The Word — Josh Kelley (2006)

Almost Honest — Josh Kelley (2005)

Big Plans No Money — Agent Mooney (2005)

Shades — Agent Mooney (2001)

Angel — Tyris Washington (2001)

 

Endorsements & Press

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Live Videos

P!nk - So What - LIVE on For One Night Only

Sade - Babyfather - The Tonight Show

Sade - Sweetest Taboo - Dancing With The Stars

Jason Derulo - Whatcha Say & In My Head - American Idol

P Diddy's Starmaker Episode 2

Colbie Caillat - Brighter Than The Sun - The Tonight Show

Ivan Lins & George Benson - Rock in Rio

Toni Braxton & Babyface Perform - Hurt You - Ellen

Toni Braxton - Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

Nicole Scherzinger - Baby Love - Swarovski Fashion Rocks

Renee Olstead - Sunday Kind Of Love - Montreux Jazz Festival

Renee Olstead - A Love That Will Last - Montreux Jazz Festival

 

Music Videos

ZZ Ward - Put the Gun Down

Jesse McCartney - Right Where You Want Me

Josh Kelley - Only You

 

Musicians Institute

Drum Solo

Practice Routine

Production

Ruth Barrett

Kandace Lindsey

TV & Film

"Kikaider Reboots" Soundtrack Recording in LA

Braxton Family Values

 

DreamGirls

Twilight "Breaking Dawn"

This Christmas

KIKAIDER REBOOT

Heart Of Dixie

Braxton Family Values

About Donald Barrett

Donald Barrett has worked with:

David Foster, Seal, P!nk, Pussycat Dolls, New Kids On The Block, Colbie Caillat, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Sade, George Benson, Jason Derulo, Ludacris, Naughty By Nature, Backstreet Boys, Simon Lynge, Rickey Minor, Joey McIntyre, Macy Gray, ZZ Ward, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Gavin Degraw, Billy Childs, Renee Olstead, Claudio Roditi, Jimmy Heath, Nicole Scherzinger, Chris Brown, Kandace Lindsey, DeQn Sue, Maxayne Lewis, Barbra Morrison, Ernie Fields, 5th Dimension, Jason Joseph and Super Soul Spectacular, Tyris, Ben Vereen, Lea Salonga, Derek Frank, Agent Mooney, Justin Derrico, Ruth Barrett, Allan Hinds, Melissa Manchester, CeCe Winans, Walt Whitman, Bill “The Buddha” Dickens, Michael Lington, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, Bill Champlin, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Orchestra, J. Michael O’Neal, David and Devine, Impromp2, P. Diddy, Wynton Marsalis, Frank McComb, Craig Robinson (Comedian), 78 Violet (Aly and Aj) and Josh Kelley.

Donald Barrett was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Starting at the fresh age of 4, Donald began playing in church and that is where he received his foundation for drumming. By the time Donald Barrett reached High school he began embracing other styles(Jazz/Rock/Pop) of music as well as attending summer music programs on scholarship. Donald Barrett graduated from Thornridge High School which has been known to be one of the top music and arts high schools in the country. Some of the most notable alumni include: Nelson Ellis (True Blood), Jane Lynch (Glee and Hollywood Game Night) and Lisa Raye McCoy (The Players Club and Single Ladies). Donald Barrett continued his education and music studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU) on scholarship. There Donald Barrett studied and performed with award winning musicians such as Ron Carter (Jazz Studies Chair), Wynton Marsalis, Claudio Roditi and Jimmy Heath.

After Completing two years at NIU, Donald Barrett was offered a tour with Carnival Cruise Lines Show Band which lasted on and off for 3 years. During the time when Donald was home in Chicago, he was asked to join a couple of pit band orchestras for two major musicals that were in Chicago (i.e., Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic” and Clint Holmes-Las Vegas Entertainer Comfortable Shoes).

Donald also picked up a few mentors in Chicago. Oscar Seaton(Drummer/Lionel Richie), YL Douglas (Drummer/Music Educator) and Bill “The Buddha” Dickens (Bassist/Meters)took him under their wing and provided the necessary insight, wisdom and musical guidance to further every area of Donald’s gift.

Since Donald Barrett relocated to Los Angeles in 2003, he has become the first call drummer for artist such as Toni Braxton, Sade, Seal, P!nk, New Kids On The Block, Pussycat Dolls, Colbie Caillat to name a few. Donald Barrett also has bolstered his session work by appearing on 5 Josh Kelley albums, the Twilight "Breaking Dawn" Movie Soundtrack, This Christmas Movie Soundtrack, Kikaider Reboot (Japanese action movie), as well as Macy Gray's soon to be released album “The Way” this summer (2014).

Donald Barrett has appeared on the following TV shows such as MTV Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Hart Of Dixe, Ellen Show, Oprah Show, Cold Case, All My Children, George Lopez Show, Braxton Family Values, David Letterman, Tonight Show w Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Live with Kelly and Michael Show, Good Morning America & The Today Show. Along with his many television appearances, Donald Barrett held the house drum chair for the late night show "Last Call With Carson Daly" for 3 years. Donald was the youngest drummer to hold that chair at the age of 26.