DON STRONG is an active music producer, performer, teacher, filmmaker and “midwife” to creatives.
An active performer, recording artist and resident of MN since 1994, Don Strong was raised in the East Coast music hotbed known as New York City.
Don’s professional musical career started on the East Coast in 1975 with his debut LP release called Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite in 1975 for Triad Concept Records- which was also his senior honors thesis project.
Along with two recent graduate degrees in film production and screenwriting, Don earned a double major BA in music with honors and English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
In the 80’s, Strong worked as a staff writer in New York City for the contemporary hip-hop label DEF JAM Records while he pursed a day job as a band and choir teacher in Harlem and the Bronx. That job will toughen one up! ;)
Don has won numerous awards and grants as a songwriter and composer. He has a wide interest and deep musical knowledge of a variety musical styles.
From 2003-2004 Strong worked regularly as a freelance composer and sound designer for live theater productions at local companies such as American History Theater, Children’s Theater, Stages and Theater MU.
A devoted, former member of the NYC-based Songwriters Guild, in 2014, Strong founded Songwriters Circle / Twin Cities to fill a particular niche with local songwriters.
As a producer, Don has produced songs and albums for many singer-songwriters/bands such as Chastity Brown, Zoe Says Go, Dave Dvorak, Mayyadda, John Siqveland, Patrick Bonier, Scott Zoel and many others.
As a producer, LET THEM SING (2016) was his first compilation of local artists as a producer.
The GRIND (also the name of his new web TV songwriter series on YouTube)
MISSISSIPPI / MAYYADDA
Songwriters Circle / Twin Cities Compilation TEASER
LET THEM SING / Songwriters Circle / Twin Cities Compilation 2016 Teaser
I DON’T KNOW IF I LIKE LOVE
SPRING SONG with ELDER SONGWRITING NATIONAL PROJECT
JASONS STORY (short radio skit with High School Student actors)
THINGS YOU CANNOT MEASURE
TIME ON MY SIDE / DON STRONG & DANNY FROMM
HELLO GOD ITS ME
WALKIN’ ON THE WATER
SEASONS OF LOVE preview jazz CD / DON STRONG
STELLA JANE / Dave Dvorak
YouTube SONGWRITER SERIES:
The GRIND: A Pandemic Home Companion with Minneapolis-based music producer DON STRONG
Promo video teaser for music CD “The GRIND” produced by Don Strong for Songwriters Circle / Twin Cities DSP: