Thomas Donovan (musician)
|Birth name||Thomas Edward Donovan|
|Born||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Genres||Dance-pop, electro house|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, recording artist, producer, videographer, social activist|
|Instruments||Vocals, synthesizer, piano|
|Labels||Digital Dreams Music|
Thomas Donovan is a Canadian dance-pop singer-songwriter and recording artist born in Vancouver. He was known in the 1990s for his string of radio and club hits. Thomas' most successful electronic music works include "A Calling Around The World", "Total Controller", "High Time", "Colorcode", "All We Need For Christmas", "She'll Do What She Wants", "Trapped", "This Time I Feel It", and "Yesterday's Dream".
Vancouver radio station Z95.3FM originally discovered Thomas Donovan and play-listed 10 of his songs over a 5-year span (from 1992 to 1997). Other initial supporters included Vancouver's LG73 radio and Seattle's dance station C89.5FM. Top-40 radio support in both Vancouver and Seattle became a spring board for Thomas' dance music to jump to other stations and club circuits across the U.S., Canada and abroad.
Thomas mixes human rights and global activism lyrics in his exploration of synth-pop music. Thomas' release "Calling Around the World" is a visual and lyrical call to action, inspired by concern for environmental issues and the greater human condition. Thomas directed, edited and produced the first history documentary of Vancouver's LGBT community. Thomas' support for human rights and same sex marriage is reflected in his musical and video works, as demonstrated in his sexually and politically charged dance-pop dynamo titled "What Our Love Is Made Of".
"He had a big hit in the '90s with "Total Controller" and Thomas Donovan is still playing in the same electronica pop/dance sandbox. The biggest hook on a pretty hooky song is that insistent beat holding all the swirly stuff together, kinda disco with computers. " – John P. McLaughlin – Vancouver Province Newspaper
- 1993: Digital Dreams
- 1995: Trance
- 1998: One Moment To Fly
- 2006: The Lonely Show
- 2008: Xtended.dance>
- 2009: Alternative Mixes
- Zillich, Tom. "Local dance songwriter puts independent spirit on airwaves". The West Ender, October 22, 1992. Page 41
- "Artist: ThomasDonovan". Radioindy.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "Thomas Donovan is a dance pop recording artist from Vancouver Canada who has a long history of radio and club hits. Latest CD – Xtended.Dance is an dance electronica album featuring the single Pump Up The Love". Thomasdonovan.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "Vancouver's Hottest Music" Z95.3 FM Radio Station Vancouver
- Sheppard, Denise. "Techno musician destined for the big time". Xtra! No. 14, February 25, 1994. Page 19
- [dead link]
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- RadioIndy (May 14, 2009). "RadioIndy New Music / CD Releases : All Genres: "Xtended.dance" by Thomas Donovan (Electronica Artist from British Columbia, Canada)". Radioindyall.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "List of songs about the environment – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. December 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- FACES Video – Collections Canada
- "Gay Marriage / Gay Wedding Songs". Queermusicheritage.us. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "Same Sex Rights Rally Vancouver's Thomas Donovan Sings 'what Our Love Is Made Of'". Wn.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- [dead link]
- McLaughlin, John P. "He had a big hit in the 90's with Total Controller". Vancouver Province, March 23, 2010. Page B4.
- "Library of Congress LCCN Permalink 96792824". Lccn.loc.gov. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- Digital Dreams CD
- The Lonely Show
- Rachel Ellektra – Break 'n' Roll. "HouseRemixes.com". House-mixes.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- Thomas Donovan official website