Donna McClary-Derrick, a Contemporary Christian Folk singer/songwriter has a passion for music that flows through her veins and adds joy to the rhythm of life around her. This passion, which she has only begun to tap, has been generously poured out upon her family, friends, church and community.
Donna, a multi-instrumentalist, began playing drums as a teenager and evolved into other elements of hand percussion. Her “toy” collection quickly grew as she tried and excelled in each new endeavor. Donna’s most recent accomplishment and instrument of choice is a dulciborn. She also plays the hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer and ukulele.
Donna began writing music in June of 2015, as she was inspired by her oldest daughter, Carlee who was approaching her high school graduation. She felt compelled to express the many emotions that she was feeling about this milestone in her daughter's life. She not only wrote, but played and sang through tears to deliver this precious offering of love titled 'Keep God in Sight.'
People are instantly drawn to Donna's soft angelic voice, and some are moved to tears as they listen to her heartfelt lyrics that are drawn from life experiences. “Her songs are like whispered messages from above given to her to inspire, teach, and encourage others”, is what one friend says of Donna's music.
The songwriting has continued to flow for Donna, as she has written and recorded four other songs which include: God Let Your Light Shine Down, A Mother's Love, Sweet Livia and Cling to Me. All five of Donna's songs are included in her very first EP that was released on November 30, 2016.
Donna enjoys singing at the 5pm Lifeteen Mass at her parish, St. Mary's Help of Christians Church in Aiken, SC, as well as the 9:45 Contemporary Service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, also in Aiken, when her schedule allows. In addition, Donna also belongs to the musical group 'The Soul Sistas', consisting of Marie Walton and Beverly Hamrick. The trio performs a variety of tunes from female icons such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, Carole King, as well as a few of their church favorites.
Donna and her husband recently started a Christian band called Made New. The band consists of Donna (dulciborn, percussion, ukulele, and vocals), Frankie Goldman (acoustic guitar and vocals), and Brittany Hutto (keyboard, guitar and vocals) and Mike Derrick (bass). Made New leads worship regularly at Celebrate Recovery (held at Cedar Creek Church in Aiken, and occasionally at churches in the CSRA.
Donna also enjoys occasionally collaborating with National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Joshua Messick at his Aiken concerts by adding some auxiliary percussion, as well as helping promote the concert.
Donna resides in Beech Island, SC with her husband (Mike) and their two daughters (Carlee and Tina).