Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Donald Waugh started playing the piano at the age of 7 with encouragement from his parents. At age 17, he found his brother-in-law’s bass guitar and by the next morning had taught himself the bass lines to a few songs. His passion for the bass guitar and for music in general grew from there.
During his College years, Donald became serious about his music career. His studies included visual arts, Jazz theory and the bass guitar at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. During his college years Donald’s main influences were the various bands he performed in; the Javier Latin Jazz Band, the Jill Gibson Trio and the Kathy Brown Band, which allowed him to tour all around Jamaica.
During his final year of college, Donald started his own band called Airplai®. For the next four years his sole focus was on Airplai® Band, which would be his first independent endeavor. GeeJam Studios approached Donald to audition for their band, the Jolly Boys. This was not a simple task as it required he also learn to play the banjo. Donald arrived early for the audition and within the span of three hours taught himself how to play the banjo (with the help of Mr. Google). For the next year he toured with the Jolly Boys around Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East. During his time with the Jolly Boys, he collaborated on an album project called Quantum Reggae with song writer, Jim Belleau, and musician/singer/song writer, Maroghini.
Donald Waugh is the owner and founder of Airplai® Productions, which handles album production, song writing, composing/arranging, video editing, film scoring, and jingles. Over a decade ago, Donald created the Perfect10course, which continues to offer online music lessons for bass guitar, guitar, drums, and piano.
In 2013, Donald was discovered online by an agent, which led to his current venture as a Solo Bassist/Guitarist onboard cruise ships.
In 2014, Donald Waugh released his first solo album, “Just Passing Through”, under the label Airplai® Productions. This project was ten years in the making. His second album, “Feel Brand New”, was released at the end of 2016. Both albums are available on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon.
Music Producer/Musician/Singer/Song Writer
– Donald Waugh