Buddy Beaverhausen: Hello, Donna! Look forward to seeing you Friday night at the Metropolitan Room, your return engagement there. When was your previous appearance at the club?
BB: You've played some of the best cabaret rooms in NYC. Laurie Beechman, Don't Tell Mama. What's special to you about the Metropolitan Room in particular?
DH: I thoroughly enjoyed performing at the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Don't Tell Mama and I am having a great time at the Metropolitan Room. I am grateful for the opportunity to play different rooms and experience the uniqueness of each one.
DH: Gospel and Reggae
BB: You grew up in Jamaica (West Indies, not Queens). What music influenced you most at that time?
DH: I moved to Brooklyn, (not Manhattan) as a teenager. I recall missing the rich and vibrant culture of Jamaica. Not to mention the amazing Jamaican food! Nevertheless, the hustle and bustle and intense energy of New York City was also very exciting.
BB: You moved to Manhattan as a young teenager. What was that experience like?
DH: It was tremendous fun and an amazing opportunity.
BB: I see you've been on the cult cable hit, Orange Is the New Black. What was working on that set like?
DH: It's a tie between acting and singing!
BB:Actress, model, singer: You're a triple threat. Which aspect of your career is your favorite?
DH: I will share some personal stories about my life, and believe me, I have had quite an interesting one! I want these personal accounts to inspire and act as a reminder that we are all beautiful and special -- and the world around us is far from ordinary! I will perform songs ranging from brand new R&B, classic rock, show tunes, oldies and of course, reggae.
BB: Can you tell us anything about what your Friday night show will include?
DH: I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams to have the opportunity to live two very distinct and wonderful lives! I manage them with fierce discipline, faith and loads of fun!
BB:You're a managing director at an investment bank by day. How do you manage your double life?
DH: My wonderful musical director is also my vocal coach.
BB: How do you keep your voice in tip-top condition for your performances?
DH: I have lived in Manhattan for almost 8 years and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. The best? The beautiful people, the energy, endless entertainment, walking to work, the iconic skyline, Central Park in the fall, Broadway shows...the list goes on. Worst? Hmmm. I'd have to say, rodent sightings!
BB: As a long time resident of the island of Manhattan, what's the best thing about being a New Yorker. And, possibly, the worst?
DH: I am incredibly grateful for all your amazing support. I hope to see you on Friday! Wishing you health, love and light!
BB: Look forward to seeing you 7 pm on Friday! Thank you for your time. Any last shout-outs to fans?