Jim Donovan brings almost three decades of experience to the Sun King Warriors. As a member of the popular Pittsburgh band Rusted Root, the drummer/percussionist helped shaped the group’s sound and toured with artists including Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, and the Allman Brothers. He co-authored the band’s biggest hit, “Send Me on My Way,” which has been played 100 million times on Spotify and used as the wakeup music for NASA’s Mars rover.
Rusted Root was merely the first act in Donovan’s career. After leaving the band in 2004, he began to explore the therapeutic effects of drumming. Donovan found a new path placing hand drumming programs nationally in organizations serving people with disabilities as well as people recovering from substance abuse.
But Donovan missed the fellowship that is the byproduct of the group dynamic. In 2013 he started working with Sean McDonald, a Pittsburgh-based producer who has worked with artists including Wynton Marsalis and Patty Griffin. As Donovan honed the songs that would become the eponymous album Sun King Warriors, he sought musicians who fit his vison and shared his spirit.
Guitarist Kevin McDonald, multi-instrumentalist Dan Murphy, and bassist Kent Tonkin were added, as were three percussionists/drummers: Bryan Fazio, Joe Marini and Harry Pepper.
New York-based recording artist, writer, and lecturing professor Mike Errico has built his name on the strength of critically acclaimed releases and extensive composition for film and TV. He has taught songwriting at Yale and Wesleyan universities, and is presently at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. He also speaks about the art and business of songwriting at colleges, high schools, and conferences across the country.
Live, Errico has toured the country for over a decade, playing major music festivals and sharing stages with artists including Raul Midon, Jonny Lang, Soulive, Bob Weir, Amos Lee, Ben Folds, Dan Wilson, Derek Trucks, Duncan Sheik, and many others.
In addition to his performing career, Errico’s opinions and insights have appeared in publications including The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The UK Independent, and The Observer.
His independent spirit inspired him to form Tallboy 7, Inc., a company that provides a home for his creative work while he continues to pursue his wide-ranging career.
Vivek J. Tiwary is an acclaimed producer of live entertainment from Tony Award-winning Broadway shows to groundbreaking immersive experiences, a media financier/investor, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He is the founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group.
His graphic novel The Fifth Beatle won numerous literary awards including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and two Harvey Awards. It’s a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. It is being adapted into a TV series for Bravo TV that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music; Vivek is writing and serving as Executive Producer.
On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations and include such groundbreaking work as Green Day’s American Idiot, A Raisin In The Sun, and Mel Brooks’ The Producers. He is currently working with Alanis Morissette and Diablo Cody on an adaptation of the album Jagged Little Pill, which received rave reviews and broke box office records during its pre-Broadway run at the American Repertory Theater in Boston.
Vivek is an investor who served on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment, a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest universe of comic book characters, has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0” and has a 5-film deal with Sony Pictures.
Prior to founding TEG and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions and has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum from Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears.
Vivek is also the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.
Jim Donovan M.Ed., Leader of the band Sun King Warriors, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, is an inspirational performer and educator who believes in the power of music to bring people together. Over the past three decades, Donovan has performed thousands of concerts and learning events across the US and Europe. As a performer, Donovan writes and records with his rootsy groove-rock band Sun King Warriors. As an educator, he brings his motivating brand of open-hearted, big-energy to every event he leads- whether they be a conference keynote, corporate team building, educational training or wellness retreat.
Donovan got his start as a founding member of the 3-time platinum 90's band Rusted Root, where he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way,” a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in both Matilda and Ice Age. During his touring work with Rusted Root, he shared arena stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin and Sting, among others.
Donovan is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers training to organizations that teach people how to lead group music-making as a way to support wellness and social connection. These events include evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism and with those in who work in recovery.
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