A solo performer who combines the latest in keyboard samples and sequencing with the full and familiar tones of acoustic guitar.
Experience funk, folk, blues, soul and r&b all rolled into one!
I perform a wide range of cover songs from the following artists:
Don began playing piano at the age of 5. At the age of 9 he picked up the saxophone. At age 12 he composed his first original song. Don entered the recording studio at the age of fifteen. And somewhere along the way he learned to play the guitar.
In 1986, “What I’m Feeling for You” by Don Caplea and Michael Soli found its way to WJET-FM in Erie, PA. As a result of overwhelming requests, the song won WJET’s “Battle of the Bands” and remained the #1 most requested song for three weeks. This airplay found its way to country artist Kenny Rogers, who contacted the station interested in recording the song.
Don Caplea and Michael Soli formed the electro-acoustic duo, No Right Turn, and began performing full time in Pittsburgh and throughout Northwest Pennsylvania. NRT signed booking contracts with Concert Warehouse and Bay City Productions, for festival and out of state performances.
In 1993, Don was contacted by Jermaine Jackson, personally, who expressed an eager desire to sign No Right Turn to The Jackson’s new Record Label. This began a year-long weekly conversation with Jackson at his home, in which the two young songwriters were instructed on the lyrical and musical aspects of writing “hit” songs.
Through Jermaine Jackson, the sound and the songs made their way to David Crosby, who expressed interest in recording some of their songs. Possibilities of opening for CSN on a European tour were discussed.
In 1994 Don Caplea signed with Astron Music Publishing and received an offer from Willie Nelson to record, “I’m Coming Home” for a Christmas album featuring songs by new and unsigned artists. That same year, Don was invited to present the songwriting seminar at the National Music Industry Showcase in Pittsburgh, PA..
In 2001, Don produced the spiritual album, “There’s Something Goin’ on Here” by the group Daystar, as a fundraiser for Maria House Projects, in Erie PA. The entire printing sold out.
In the years between 2001 and 2016, Don Caplea withdrew from the stage and the studio to focus on the creation of a truly original tone and style. In 2017, after nearly ten years, Don once again returned to his first instrument…. The keyboard, focusing on the latest digital samples and sequencing. It was then that Don decided on a musical presentation that combined the full sound and orchestration of the keyboard with the earthy and subtle textures of the acoustic guitar.
Don Caplea is the founder and owner of SounDawg Music.