about

Thanks for checking out my site, and here's a little about me.

I've been in and out of the Cincinnati music scene since 1980 and I'm proud to work with some of the most talented, most seasoned musicians in the area, providing bluesy jazzy background music, including some jazz standards from the American songbook, a variety of songs you may or may not have heard before, and some original songs as well. We generally play in the style of Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, kd lang, or Peggy Lee. I've also been told I remind people of Bette Midler, Carole King and Janis Joplin. I don't know, I think it depends on who's in the band that night, what songs we do, or how my hair looks.

People who have been around the Cincinnati area for a while may remember me as the keyboard player/singer with The Warsaw Falcons, of which I was a founding member in 1982. After that I sang with different groups, usually with Moxie in the name, which was short for my last name, Moxness. Life kind of got in the way of musical endeavors for awhile, but I did manage to release a cd with The Moxie Band in 2015. Scheduling conflicts prevented that group from continuing, and since then I have focused more on the American Songbook and small jazz combos. In another direction, I have been collaborating with Jim Lawson and Roger Yeardley in the Lawson Yeardley Project, which is sort of a funk-rock-blues group, fueled by Roger's amazing original songs.

People sometimes ask if Donna Rose is my real name. Yes it is, at least part of it. Counting all names I would be Donna Rose Marie Moxness Lawson. If you want to get technical about it, I was actually baptized Madonna!

Please reach out  and let us provide just the right bluesy jazzy ambience for your club, restaurant or event. We can provide a small combo or large group, from duo or trio on up!

Thanks for visiting.