Nashville, TN (August 17, 2018) — Singing News has learned that Don Breland passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018.
Don was born in House, Mississippi in December 19,1953. He found his gift and love for Gospel music at a young age and while playing bass with a local group near Meridian, Mississippi, was hired on the spot by The Downings at 15 years old, at the suggestion of Greg Gordon. When they went to his home to talk his parents into letting him join the group, Don’s father said, “How much is this going to cost us?” He packed his suitcase, bass guitar, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
During his teens, Don’s abilities led him to also work with The Rambos. He soon caught the eyes and ears of The Oak Ridge Boys. During his tenure with what many consider The Mount Rushmore of Gospel bands, Don played on recordings for The Oaks including the groundbreaking Light album, as well as with many other groups, and his popularity with fans along with his solid style inspired countless other young musicians to want to play music.
His reputation and recognition as a top musician followed Don from Gospel to Country music, where as band leader he received “Band of the Year” from The CMA, Academy of Country Music, and Music City News Awards. From 1987-1996 he joined The Goldens on tour, television, and in the studio on albums for Capitol Records. He continued playing music after moving to Montevallo, Alabama, and pursued his other passion in photography, where his creative artwork can been seen on album and magazine covers. He was a devoted father and is survived by his wife Joan; children Taylor, Evan, and Chandra, and sister Colene Kilpatrick.