Donny Gerrard

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Donny Gerrard is a Canadian singer. He was a former member of the band Skylark in the early 1970s, and more recently has performed and recorded as a baritone backup singer for Mavis Staples.


Gerrard sang with the band Skylark on their self-titled album in 1972,[1] and was lead singer on their hit single, "Wildflower".[2]

He released a single, Greedy for Your Love in 1976[3] and another, Stay a While With Me in 1977.[4] He later released a self-titled album.[5]

Gerrard sang backup for Mavis Staples on her album One True Vine,[6][7] and at live performances, including at the Lincoln Center in 2014.[8][9] He continued to perform with Staples, and can be heard on her 2016 album Livin' on a High Note.[10]


  1. ^ "Billboard Album Reviews". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 50– 29 July 1972. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ "West Coast musician Doug Edwards composed Wildflower for Skylark". TOM HAWTHORN, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 28, 2016
  3. ^ Attic Records will distribute Greedy artists. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 27 November 1976. pp. 88–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 50 - Easy Listening". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 50– 19 February 1977. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "Donny Gerrard". AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton
  6. ^ "Mavis Staples One True Vine". Pitchfork, Stephen M. Deusner June 26, 2013
  7. ^ "Album review: Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine'". Chicago Tribune, June 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "Still on the Freedom Highway". Pop Matters, George de Stefano 10 November 2014
  9. ^ "Mavis Staples with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound". Chicago Blues Guide, February 29, 2012
  10. ^ "Music reviews: Mavis Staples, The Timbers, Breakbot". Western Australian, February 13, 2016