PITTSFORD - Don Eaton, internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, recording artist, lecturer, and seminar leader will make a rare appearance in Vermont next week. The singer will be a guest of the Pittsford Congregational Church, Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.
Eaton has released four popular albums of original songs along with nationwide tours as a concert artist, workshop leader and guest lecturer and teacher. He also has toured Canada, England, Europe, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union.
Eaton has developed a national reputation for powerful, lyric-oriented music and also for inspiring and practical compassion education classes, seminars and retreats. He has received several awards for the lyrical content of his songs, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. His song, "I am One Voice", received national attention when actress Suzanne Somers introduced it on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" recently. The song served as the powerful emotional conclusion of the award-winning ABC-TV movie, "The Suzanne Somers Story".
Winfrey's popular talk show and the Somers biopic were used as vehicles to launch Eaton's song as the national anthem, of sorts, of ACA-Adult Children of Alcoholics. Somers is chairwoman of the national organization. As a result, the song is now being sung by various groups across the U.S. and around the world.
Eaton plays both six- and 12-string acoustic guitar and some reviewers have compared his voice to Don MacLean, John Denver, and Dan Fogelberg-but the singer has his own creative style.
"Eaton is a warm, open, life-affirming person whose songs have real content and deep messages really worth listening to," according to Miles Shepperton of the London Times.
Eaton is also founder and executive director of Small Change, a non profit corporation, whose mission is compassion education and hunger relief. In dealing with both the hunger of the heart and the hunger of the body, Small Change focuses on compassion education, compassion in action, as the key to personal and social transformation, including peace, justice and environmental issues.
Blending unique talents as both a lecturer and singer-songwriter, Eaton is a hit on campus, too. He often appears as part of university "arts and lectures" series.
As an educational consultant to school districts, Eaton's work focuses on character education and self-esteem to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse. He also brings the Small Change program to churches, businesses, and service and professional organizations.