Toucan You Can
Winner 2007 Singer Songwriter Awards - (Honorable Mention) for 'My Pockets' Winner 2007 Billboard Songwriting Contest - (Honorable Mention) for 'Music Carry Me' Featured Children's Songwriter in 'The 2006 Songwriter's Market', Edited by Ian Bressler and Michael Schweer Winner 2006 Great American Song Contest (Honor Award) for 'Toucan You Can' Winner 2006 Billboard Songwriting Contest (Honorable Mention) for 'Loon Lake' Winner 2006 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Honorable Mention) for 'Sanouk Means Fun' Finalist 2006 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for 'My Samlor' Winner 2004 iParenting Media Award Winner 2004 NAPPA (National Parenting Publications) Honors Award Winner 2004 Children's Music Web Award (Best Preschool Album) Winner 2004 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Gold and Silver) Winner 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Honorable Mention) Finalist 2004 USA Songwriting Contest Winner 2004 International Songwriting Competition (Honorable Mention) Winner 2004 Unisong International Song Contest (Fourth Place) 'Toucan You Can' is sure to please both children and adults. In a recent review of the album, Bob Makin, staff writer for 'The Courier News',Gannett,NJ wrote, 'Donna Lisa doesn't write the typical brain draining sap that often passes for children's music. She writes sophisticated melodies, catchy beats and edu-taining lyrics that won't go over kids heads.' In an article in 'The Westfield Leader', Westfield,NJ, Kerrianne Spellman Court called, 'Toucan You Can' '...a marvelous new album for children. Donna's work simply shines! I've been singing the title song all day.' The playful quality of Donna's songwriting invites children to share an adventure with her. Her melodies are simple, but interesting. Her style is predominantly folk with elements of calypso, southwestern, blues, country and pop. These tunes engage children and allow them to easily sing along. Donna's lyrics paint memorable pictures of animals, places, imaginary characters and activities that intrigue children. Parents enjoy the humor and imagery of the songs and, they too, find themselves singing along. Many are pleasantly surprised that Donna's lyrics can be informative and stimulate questions and learning. The album also features pretty harmonies, delightful children's voices, real bird and animal sounds and skillful guitar, piano and harmonica solos. Donna has had considerable experience with writing and performing for children. She published stories and songs with Chappell Music, CAM USA, and Taylor Associates. She wrote a musical fantasy for children, titled 'Marvin and the Beasts', which was produced in Davis, California. Donna has performed in clubs and coffee houses throughout the New York area. She has also performed in schools, in shows designed for children and worked for a toy manufacturer to promote a product. Currently several of Donna's songs are under contract with music licensing/publishing companies Supreme Lyric Execs, and Noteborn Music. Donna is the A&R Coordinator, and a contributing songwriter to, 'Playful Journeys to Grow On,' a soon-to-be released compilation, children's album. This CD will benefit the United Way and provide music scholarships for disadvantaged children. It features some well known chidren's singer/songwriters such as Laurie Berkner and Raffi. Donna is also an award-winning screenwriter. Her screenplays for families and children, 'Kheng Kheng Crocodile,' and 'Toucans of the Amazon,' were honored in the 2007 Moondance International Film Festival, the 2007 Worldfest Houston Film Festival, the 2007 Writers Place Screenwriting Contest, the 2007 American Screenwriters Association Screenwriting Contest, and many others. Donna majored in 'Creative Expression Through Writing and Art with a Focus on Children' at the University of California. She took specialized courses in songwriting and storywriting for children at The Songwriters Workshop, The Songwriters Guild, The Writer's Voice, The Institute for Children's Literature, The New School and New York University.