Bryne Donaldson started playing the Saxophone with a gospel group in church as a kid. Though his musical range and style broadened over time, the heart and soul of his music continues to carry strains of the gospel influence.
Bryne grew up in a small Kansas town with a variety of interests. As a Musician, Horse Trainer, Youth Mentor and Director of the local Community Center, Bryne is respected by most people who know him as a man of compassion who believes in projecting positive influence. His will to achieve has resulted in an incredible work ethic in everything he does, but especially in his music. A caring, dependable person, Bryne’s friends know when they ask for help, he’ll show up with rolled up sleeves and a smile on his face.
That same versatility and enthusiasm is part of his music. Bryne is not limited to one horn or one style of music; he is fluent on the Tenor, Alto, Soprano and the new MIDI saxophone called WX-5. Bryne also has played with a wide range of groups; from traditional Country Western, to Gospel, and from Straight up Jazz to Smooth Jazz to R&B Funk.
As a Sax player, Bryne is second to none. As a live performer his personality and musicianship never fail to win over a crowd. In the studio he is extremely efficient and can be counted on to get the job done in a minimal amount of time. And when Bryne steps up to the microphone to “just blow,” fellow musicians love to listen. The influence of Kirk Whalum and David Sanborn contribute to a unique technical style all Bryne’s own, while playing in Church left him with the ability to play from the heart. Bryne’s music contains that rare combination of craftsmanship and soul that delights purists and satisfies the sax lover in all of us.
Bryne’s second CD “Country Sax” is a testimonial of his work. Inspired by his country roots and influenced by his musical heritage Bryne blends Country and Gospel to produce a beautiful interpretation of several well known Country Music songs. His renditions of “The Dance” and “Lady” as well as “I Can’t Make You Love Me” stir the emotions just as much as the originals.