talent for sharing
living the American Dream
has planned to release CD
(September 209) At first glance it may seem
odd for a man who spent years in California developing Old World inspired
painting techniques used on the homes of some of the richest people
in the world to be working on a breakout country album. But when one
looks at the childhood of Doni Flanigan, suddenly it all makes perfect
The designer and singers architectural and musical talents can
both be traced to the influence of his Indiana upbringing. I grew
up with a talented Mom and Dad both master artists,
he says proudly.
singer Doni Flanigan is
also a professional interior
designer and has spent years
perfecting his skills.
As a child, his father renovated their family home after
taking Flanigan and his siblings on tours of historic houses, looking
for inspiration in the architecture. The children jokingly termed the
old buildings visited on these outings haunted houses, but
the result of these excursions was a home that turned out to be the
envy of the community. But old houses werent the only places visited
by the young Flanigan as this preachers kid toured
the country singing gospel music with his brothers and sisters. I
love how I was raised, says Flanigan.
Madison was recently treated to a performance by Flanigan when he sang
the National Anthem for the opening of the Madison Regatta. He is currently
putting the finishing touches on his upcoming country music CD, Doni
Flanigan, American Cowboy.
Its 55 minutes into the hour of completion, Lavel
Berry, president of Centurion Entertainment, says of the upcoming release.
Flanigan has 26 songs recorded and is in the midst of selecting the
12 that will appear on the album. For those who cant wait for
the official release of American Cowboy, Berry suggests,
If theyd they like to hear it immediately, they can go online
Flanigan regularly performs in Los Angeles and has gained an enthusiastic
fan base out West. Weve got great ballads, great dance tunes,
something for every country audience and thats a great thing,
the singer says.
Flanigan looks eagerly to the future and the release of American
Its going to take America by storm, the songs are pure,
he says with confidence.
When not perfecting his music, Flanigan is busy applying his professional
talents to his beloved Flanigan Estate home in Madison. After being
encouraged to visit Madison by friends who knew of his appreciation
of historic houses, Flanigan made his great discovery.
I drove up Michigan Hill, and I was like, This is my house.
Faced with a structure that that had been uninhabited for 11
years and was falling apart, Flanigans reaction was, Man,
I can do this!
Such confidence was not an idle boast. Flanigan has spent years in professional
interior design and has made a special study of Greek Revival color
tones. His designs and painting techniques have attracted worldwide
attention, from Hollywood stars to Dubai millionaires. The designer
plans to share his talents in such a way that will allow people to develop
and express their own artistic dreams. Flannigan is working on developing
a series of instructional videos that will teach painting and restoration
techniques to those interested in re-doing their own homes. In
American history there has never been a more I can do this
attitude, he says.
Now after seven years of work, his Madison home stands as a dazzling
Old World showpiece with walls elegantly stenciled in Flanigans
own designs. He reflects on the homes transformation saying, At
night when the lights are down, winter when the fireplaces are going
theres nothing like it.
Flanigan is not content to keep the results of this labor of love all
to himself. Already, the Flanigan Estate has been opened to the public
as part of the community Christmas tours, amazing guests. Recently,
the house served as the backdrop for a Mayors Luncheon with guests
enjoying the lovely views around the property. Now Flanigan is making
the home available for rental to those looking for a special place for
a wedding reception or a romantic weekend getaway.
Flanigan also aims to have the Michigan Hill house to play a starring
role in his music career. The singers is considering plans to shoot
my video on the front porch and have a concert on the front lawn.
When American Cowboy is released, Flanigan says, I
really want to have a big bash right here in Madison.
For information on the Flanigan Estate,
call (513) 207-6571.
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