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Donna Wylde will be performing at the next Kingfisher Evening at Leek's Central Club

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Country singer Donna Wylde.

Country singer Donna Wylde.

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An award-winning country music vocalist will be performing at a town centre venue this weekend.

Donna Wylde has been enlisted to perform at the next Kingfisher Country Music Club event at The Central Club in Market Street, Leek on Friday (March 28).

From an early age music played a huge part in Donna Murphy's life being in school plays and musicals and also being part of an Irish dance team which led to an appearance on TV of the then popular 'Barrymore'.

Her interest in music led her to become a fan of Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell and subsequently introduced her to country music in the form of the Haley Sisters, an all female duo from Yorkshire who appeared as Daniel's support act at the time.

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Joann and Becky became close friends with Donna and still are to this day. They would encourage her to get up and sing with them whenever she attended one of their shows. Donna then realised that it was a career in singing Country Music she strived for and at the tender age of 16 'Donna Wylde' took to the stage. Her first gig was at Tarleton Bowling Club near Southport, Lancashire in 1993.

Donna has had many influences over the type of music she performs, in the early years Donna leaned a lot towards the likes of Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Patty Loveless and Nancy Griffiths to name a few and today she's a massive fan of the likes of Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Kelli Pickler and Taylor Swift. In 2005 one of Donna's many ambitions came true when she visited Nashville and recorded a few songs at the famous Sun Studios in Memphis.

The job of moulding Donna into the competent performer she is today fell to her long suffering managers Alf and Josie Roberts. Over the years Alf and Josie have encouraged and aided her to reach the pinnacle of her career in 2008 when she obtained the title of 'Best British Female Artiste' at the British Country Music Awards. October 2010 saw her take the title again at a ceremony held in the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green in Surrey.

Donna has several albums to her name but is particularly proud of the most recent which was launched in Oct 2010; 'Everything That Glitters', a 12 track album which is a worthy addition to anyone's collection. The title track, an old Dan Seals number sees Donna perform with only guitar accompaniment showing the true quality of her vocals.

The Kingfisher Country Music Club event featuring Donna Wylde on Friday will start at 7.30pm and include line and partner dancing.

Admission will be £5 on the door. For further information call 07813 264165 or 07941 041224.

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