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Pianist Angela Donadio discusses musical and spiritual roots
(Published: February 15, 2016)

Q: When did you learn how to play piano and who taught you?

A: I learned to play piano as a young child and developed it all the way until majoring in music in college. My primary teacher was Dr. June Kean, who was Julliard trained. She was one of the greatest influences on my life. She passed away a few years ago but my life is forever changed by her.

Q: What inspired your passion for music?

A: My family is musical. I grew up singing in the church with my sisters and realized early on I loved music. I could play the piano "by ear," meaning I could hear something a couple times and play it. This encouraged me to really pursue music as a calling and career.

Q: What artists influenced you the most while you were growing up?

A: Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, and David Foster were huge musical influences on my life.

Q: What were your experiences like traveling to Africa?

A: I have traveled to Africa many times as an advocate for women's causes. I primarily work with pastors' wives in rural, village areas. I have written and directed kids' camps for hundreds of village children. I absolutely love the people of Africa, and they have left deep imprints on my life. I've traveled to Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Kenya, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for clean water.

Q: When did you start your ministry? Tell us more about it.

A: My husband and I started in ministry 20 years ago but I produced my first CD, This Journey, about 2005. I went through two life-threatening health conditions that changed my lens on life and impacted my writing. I began speaking more, sharing my testimony of God's faithfulness in the midst of adversity. I then completed, It's a New Day and most recently, Finding Tranquility, Contemporary Piano Stylings of Classic Hymns.

Q: How has your music evolved over the years?

A: My music has evolved from more introspective storytelling to fuller production, celebrating life and living it to the fullest. I feel music is such a tangible expression of intangible feelings so it changes based on what God is doing in my life.

More Information: http://angeladonadio.com

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