b. Donovan George Pinnock, 2 December 1964, Victoria Town, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies. During his formative years Don-A-V studied mechanical engineering and the arts although his first love was music. He initially performed in church as a singer although following his education at the local Holmwood Technical college he decided to pursue a career in the dancehall as a DJ. He soon realised that his personal aspirations were more suited to the role of a singer. In 1986 his audition with producer Harry J. resulted in his first recording session. Sadly his debut remained unreleased and it was not until 1989 that his distinct vocals appeared on vinyl. His first releases were produced by the New York-based producer Jah C who released, ‘Must Haffe Get You’, ‘Silver Bells’, ‘Twilight Zone’ and ‘Do Me Baby’. Having established his name within the Jamaican recording industry Don-A-V began recording with a number of top producers including King Jammy, Jah Life, Count Shelly and Philip Smart. In the late 90s Don-A-V embarked on sessions in the UK with Fashion Records who released the favoured ‘Prophecy Revealing’. The song led to an introduction to Coxsone Dodd who offered to release the singer’s album debut. The sessions resulted in the release of 1999’s Cry For Tomorrow. The album featured the classic ‘What A Joy Will It Be’ and featured backing vocals from J.D. Smoothe.
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