© 2018 by Don Silverfox.

BIOGRAPHY

Don first hit the stage at age 6 and was smitten.  He started singing pops and ballads on radio at age 14 accompanied by a quartet in Trinidad, his birthplace. He was heavily influenced by voices like Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, etc. who were in constant play on American radio stations.

 

From the age of 16, he performed in clubs and concerts around the city of Port of Spain which led to him performing on the local television station accompanied by the highly acclaimed, Dennis De Souza quartet.  He was also a member of the Light Operatic Society of Trinidad, performing in three shows.

In 1968 and 1969, he very successfully created and produced “POP GEAR”, an island-wide singing competition for pop groups for the Hotel Scarlet Ibis who ran it on their own afterwards. 

 

Leaving Trinidad in 1970 without his young family, he decided to pursue his musical career in New York City.  There, he was eventually offered a contract to sing and record by a group of businessmen. Family obligations did not afford him fulfilling that contract.  Returning to Trinidad, he continued performing with some of the big-name artistes like the Mighty Sparrow and the Mighty Duke– two well accomplished calypsonians, as well as the Venezuelan harpist, Hugo Blanco.  He was offered a contract to become the English singer in the Hugo Blanco quartet to go on tour, but again his young family became his priority.

 

Don and his family migrated to Canada in 1982 and he continued pursuing his musical career along with caring for his family.  He did three years of charity performances for the Sick Children’s Hospital. Nearing the end of his work life, he recorded three albums 

(1) Dreams Come True (2) Christmas With You (3) In HIS Light, all produced by Eddie Bullen of Thunderdome Sounds.

 

His rendition of Whispering Hope from the album In HIS Light, was nominated for the Gospel Music Award in 2016.

 

Since retirement five years ago, he has done one major show each year under the banner NOSTALGIA.  The first two at Queen’s Hall Auditorium and Central Bank Auditorium in Trinidad  were concerts performed with a ten-piece brass band. The last three at various venues in Toronto were all again of the formal quality including concert, dinner and dance accompanied by a nine-piece brass band.

 

Those experiences demonstrated a need in the market for his style of music.