Emerging as a new voice in the world of modern acoustic fingerstyle guitar, Donovan Raitt incorporates percussive techniques, strong melodic hooks, live looping, and improvisation. His musical influences range from Rock and Pop to Jazz and Flamenco music, and his innovative performance techniques combined with an extensive background in improvisational music create a unique sound all his own.
He has released three albums of original solo acoustic guitar music to critical acclaim and has received tens of thousands of views on YouTube, as well as over a million plays on Spotify in 2020 alone.
The cousin of Grammy award-winning guitarist Bonnie Raitt, Donovan has been playing the guitar since the age of 10. Donovan is also active in the world of music education, having recently earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, and teaches at several colleges in the Southern California area.
Donovan is endorsed by Breedlove Guitars, Yamaha guitars, Furch Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings, Henriksen Amplifiers, G7th capos, DiMarzio Pickups, GruvGear cases and fretwraps.
University of Southern California – Doctorate of Musical Arts, Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance
California State University, Long Beach – M.M, Jazz/Jazz Studies
University of Southern California – B.M, Music: Performance
Activities and societies: Studio/Jazz Guitar Program. Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. USC guitar society