Donnie is Owner and Executive Producer at Twelve 3 South, Nashville, TN. Donnie began producing artists between tours out of his first studio in Tipp City, OH in 2013. As production demands increased, Donnie designed, built, and opened his new studio in Nashville, TN in 2017.
Donnie emerged as a musical prodigy early on, picking up violin at the age of 10 and quickly mastering the instrument. He won his first of several solo competitions at the age of 14, and gained national recognition as concertmaster of several symphony orchestras and pit orchestras, while also finding time to excel in high-school sports. Although steeped in the classics, he was equally inspired by country and rock, loving Charlie Daniels and Aerosmith as much as Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.
He has played around the world on various tours, the 45th Presidential Inauguration and Balls, and most recently had the honor of standing in for the late Charlie Daniels with The Charlie Daniels Band at Bridgestone Arena.
Donnie launched his own line, The Donnie Reis Collection, in 2017.
Despite receiving a full music scholarship to Miami University, after completing his Sophomore year, Donnie chose not to pursue a career in classical music. Instead, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and began preparations for combat after watching the attack on America, September 11th, 2001. He deployed for a year in Iraq at the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2005. He was honorably discharged in 2009.
Since then, Donnie has returned to bases all over the world on multiple MWR and USO tours to entertain troops and connect with fellow warriors.
"Remember This" by Home Free
#2 Country Album Sales
#2 Independent Albums
#4 Top Country Albums
#44 Billboard Top 200
#8 Top Album Sales
#8 Top Current Albums
#9 Digital Albums
"That's Why We Celebrate" by Straight No Chaser
#23 Adult Contemporary
"Money Tree" by Caroline Glaser
#6 Hot Singles Sales
"Great and Mighty" by Byron Cage
#1 and #3 Top Gospel Album
#2 and #5 Christian/Gospel Album
#3 Compilation Album
#8 Hot Gospel Songs
#8 Gospel Airplay
#43 Top Album Sales
#155 Billboard Top 200
"Champion" by Tye Tribbett
#1 Top Gospel Album
#23 Gospel Digital Song
#60 Billboard Top 200
Donnie has toured with, produced, worked and/or played with: The Charlie Daniels Band, Scooter Brown, Foreigner, The Frontmen of Country [Richie McDonald (Lonestar), Tim Rushlow (Little Texas), Larry Stewart (Restless Heart)], Lee Greenwood, Home Free, Straight No Chaser, Jon McLaughlin, Zayn, Tyler Jay, Grace Vanderwaal, Jonathan Jackson, Amy Lee, Caroline Glaser, Erick Baker (+ Heart, Edwin McCain, Ed Kowalczyk), Champion Band (+ Byron Cage, Tye Tribbett) and multiple film and TV networks.
Founding Owner: Miyelo, Music Festival, Est 2015
Tennessee Motorcycles & Music Revival
Special Operators Transition Foundation (SOTF), Nashville Board
Recording Academy, Grammy Awards, Voter