Donald Mason (Dr. M) arrived on a May 16th Saturday morning; into the scene of West Texas plains of Midland, TX. At an early age, there was a fascination for music in commercials and old school radio DJs who spun vinyl. Started singing in churches around age 9 and entered the first full choir in the 5th grade. While at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, KY, Donald held 1st Chair Bass and attained All State Choir status. First professional gig out of high school was performing with the Backstreet Boys that featured Tates Creek alum, Brian Littrell for the Millennium Tour dates in Lexington. Continued in choirs at the University of Kentucky where Donald was a member of the UK Choristers and the acoUstiKats, the men's a capella choir.
Beyond the choir background, Donald tinkered with different groups during high school and early college. It was not until he started Soul Funkin Dangerous in 2009 that gave the voice an opportunity to have full band support. Coined “the bowel grumbling baritone” by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Donald stretches the natural bass range into nearly 3 scales wide. Along with the vocals, he carries the torch of primary songwriter for SFD and managing the Soul Funk Train on the amazing roller coaster ride. Donald currently attends Southern New Hampshire University/Berklee College of Music, working on an MBA with Music Business emphasis.
Donald has four red ear slider turtles, Cannonball, Miles, Mingus and Thelonious. Keeping him warm at night are two loving boxers, Max and Bella. He is also Vice President of LAMA (Lexington Area Music Alliance) and CEO/President of Dr. M Operations. In addition, he is an avid vinyl collector, animal lover, music photojournalist, multi sport fan, and supports buying/eating local.
Retro influences: Sam Cooke, Jim Croce, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Isaac Hayes, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, and Stevie Wonder.
Modern influences: Andre 3000, Anthony Hamilton, Amos Lee, Common, Michael Franti, Cee Lo Green, Ben Harper, Sharon Jones, John Legend, Maxwell, Robin Thicke, Usher, and Kanye West.