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Donna Wilde

Vocalist and Saxophonist Donna Wilde is known for her compelling and emotive performance style.  She captures the essence of a song in her own unique way, delivering an unforgettably heartfelt message that resonates deeply with her audiences.   Donna started singing at the age of three, and added the saxophone when she was twelve.  She was raised in Wisconsin, where she was active in many school, church and community productions during her formative years.    

After earning her music degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, she landed her first full-time gig as a member of the show band on board the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Imagination, backing many entertainers and performers including Engelbert Humperdinck.   In 2001 she joined the Phoenix-based original Funk band “Knee Deep Experience.”    A few years later she moved to Minnesota, where she co-wrote and recorded an album titled Atmosphere with collaborator and band-mate Laura Snyder of “Bellatrex.”   The album was produced by Tony Axtell, the sound engineer of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, who is also a renowned Minneapolis producer, arranger and musician.

Wilde performs at many of the top venues in the Valley with several Phoenix-area performers including: Richard Palalay, Beth Lederman, Felix Sainz, Mario Mendivil, Isabel Davis, Charles Bulla, Emerson Laffey, Mary Petrich, Rebecca DeLatorre, and with WildeP'lay, Pizzazz, Mancini the Band, and the Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet.

Donna is also a songwriter and composer, and writes and records music in a variety of styles including Jazz, Broadway, Pop and Rock for the publishing company DT Music and Leaning Mirror Productions.