Beech Island, South Carolina artist, Donna McClary-Derrick makes music alight with a very giving spirit. Her songs are like comforting love letters that help create moments of warmth. Donna has lovingly composed songs for sick family members, as well as those in her life who have touched her heart. Her music is often buoyed by the teachings of God and inspired by the lessons they engender.
Donna, a multi-instrumentalist has always been passionate about music. She taught herself the drums in her teens, and played in several bands in her twenties - but it’s only in recent years that she’s given over to her love of songwriting and singing. In 2015, she was inspired to compose a song for her oldest daughter, who was approaching her high school graduation. With this momentous time in mind, McClary-Derrick’s pen began to swirl lyrics onto the page to go in concert with the strummed chords on her latest instrument of choice, the four-string mountain dulcimer.
The songs kept flowing, and in 2016 Donna released her debut EP, Keep God in Sight. Since then, she has released eight more singles, collaborated with notable artists like Mike Frost and Joshua Messick, and continues to create music that she hopes will make a positive difference in the world.
When Donna isn’t busy in the studio, she and her husband Mike enjoy spending time with family, camping, leading worship at Celebrate Recovery, various local churches, and providing musical entertainment for small private parties as well as nursing homes.