Born and raised in the Welsh city of Cardiff, Donna was classically trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, majoring in flute and piano.
She first began performing in local bands to develop her singing and songwriting talents. By 1990, she was working solo (piano/vocal) in piano bars across Britain and Europe. She had also invested in her own home multi-track studio and produced a string of demos.
It was at the end of 1993 that this material came to the attention of Atlantic Records and so impressed Chairman Doug Morris that he flew her out to New York to meet her personally - and offered her a recording deal on the spot!
Her debut album - ‘Now in a Minute’ - was released in 1996 to universal acclaim. The first single - ‘I Love You Always Forever’ - became an instant global phenomenon, climbing to the top of the charts in countries around the world. In the USA, it re-wrote the record books at radio by exceeding 1 million ‘spins’ to claim its place in music industry history as the most-played single ever, at that time.
Her follow-up album ‘Blue Planet’ came out in 1998 and confirmed the arrival of a genuine new talent. It featured 2 more hit singles; ‘I Could Be The One’, which did well in Europe and ‘Love Him’, which went to the top of the Billboard Dance Charts in America.
To date, Donna has sold in excess of 2 million albums.
As well as on her own material, Donna’s voice has also been heard on a series of other hits. She featured on Fox Films’ soundtrack for ‘Anastasia’ - an album that was certified gold in the USA - with the song ‘At The Beginning’.