Donavon Frankenreiter hails from San Clemente, California, where he was lucky enough to learn to surf as a teenager. Later picking up a sponsorship from Billabong, Frankenreiter was able to tour and surf some of the best locations, including Hawaii, where the singer/songwriter would book hotel accommodations from the parents of acclaimed singer/songwriter/surfer Jack Johnson. Years later, Frankenreiter would meet up with Johnson for a number of collaborations.
Donavon’s music career started at the age of 18, when he joined the band Peanut Butter and Jam, but it didn’t truly pick up until, a few years later, he began working with his second group, Sunchild.
When Sunchild went their separate ways in 2001, Donavon focused on his solo career, and started practicing his singing chops. Up until the band had disbanded, the musician had focused mainly on guitar.
In 2002, Frankenreiter signed to Brushfire records, owned by musician Jack Johnson. Two years later, his self titled solo album, Donavon Frankenreiter would be released to critical acclaim, especially in Australia, where Frankenreiter had establashed himself from his pro surfing career, and touring as an opener for Jack Johnson.
After a stint with Lost Highway records that produced two more studio albums and a number of tours, Donavon would leave to establish his own label, Liquid Tambourine records, in 2010. He released his fourth studio album, Glow, the same year.
Donavon Frankenreiter is now promoting his latest release, Start Livin’, which the artist claims best reflects how he sees life today. As expressed from the musician’s website, Donavonf.com, “Start Livin’ means stop worrying about where you’ve been, where you’re going — just start embracing what you have around you. Start loving what you have right now.”
Dean Goranites | Associate Editor