Don French
Music, Songwriting
Music Faculty

As a native Southern Californian, Don French has worked consistently as a professional keyboardist, producer, composer, arranger, vocalist, studio owner and audio engineer. Since high school, he has owned and operated ‘Spirit Productions, Southern California’, a multi-faceted music production company that has produced projects in many styles- including pop, rock, country, contemporary Christian, gospel, alternative, folk and jazz. And, while academically attending Fullerton College and Cal State Long Beach, he also worked as the staff accompanist for the commercial music programs at Orange Coast, Long Beach City and Rio Honda Colleges.

Don’s work has received multiple awards, including a ‘Telly Award’ for a project on which he composed, produced, performed instrumentally and vocally, as well as engineered every aspect of the music. Additionally, for many years, he appeared as the principal synthesist for the ‘Hour Of Power’ television ministry. His versatility has afforded him the opportunity of working with a wide variety of artists, recording projects, television shows and corporate events, including the following…

Sara Niemietz (featured vocalist with ‘Post Modern Jukebox’), Snuffy Walden (guitarist- composer for ‘The West Wing,‘Thirty Something’, etc.) Greg Walker (Santana), Bill Medley (‘The Righteous Brothers’), Louis Price (‘The Temptations’), Roger Williams (‘Mr. Piano’), Amy Grant, David Phelps, James Ingram, Nita Whitaker, Jaci Velasquez, Darlene Zschech, Mandisa Huntley and Chris Sligh (American Idol), Don Novello (‘Saturday Night Live’), The Four King Cousins, Levar Burton (‘Las Vegas’), David Hamilton, Lynn Keller, Susan Draus, ‘The Movieguide Awards’, ‘General Hospital’,‘Santa Barbara’,‘Beverly Hills 90210’,‘Walk Hard- The Dewey Cox Story’, The Lincoln Motor Company, Mercedes Benz, Disney, Showtime, Flix, Pillsbury, NASCAR, NHRA,‘The Kings Of ’88’, ‘The Help Group’ and ‘The Indio National Date Festival’.

As a music faculty member of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Programs, his hope is to honor the institution’s reputation for nurturing gifted young individuals by further development of contemporary keyboard, songwriting, arranging and production skills, actualizing their artistry and helping them to become positive and integral parts of tomorrow’s music and society.