Welcome to our Creative Spotlight, where we’re highlighting the talented creatives who make up the community here at South 40.

This month’s Creative Spotlight belongs to none other than the talented Donavon Lee Carpenter. Born and raised in rural East Fort Worth, Texas, we got to know Donovan when he and his crew shot his music video “Stompin’ Ground” at the farm last August. Get to know this talented musician and creative a little better!

What inspired you to become an artist?
I grew up in Fort Worth TX and sang in church choir, listened to classic country, always enjoyed the message in the song and dancin’ with my momma in the living room to the new Don Williams Vinyl!

What inspired the music video that you created at South 40?
I hired Stormlight Productions and in search of the right scenery for the scene for Stompin’ Ground – South 40 had all aspects of the vintage vehicles, barn, campfire scene and amazing sunset sky.

Tell us about shoot day!
From the very beginning South 40 went above and beyond to assist in setting up each scene to capture the essence of the song. From the vintage cars to creating the bonfire and utilizing the side of the barn for backdrop – we were able to capture the footage at the right time and efficiently.

What artists inspire you?
Don Williams, Randy Travis, George Strait and the ever loving show man — Garth Brooks, especially for his stage presence.

How did you get into doing music full-time?
I wrote a song for a corporation as a gift and they sent me to Nashville to record and utilized it as the kulaBrands anthem corporate song. I was then able to record several of my originals I’d been writing over the years. After recording side A – I went on tour across the nation to spread the music and was able to fan fund side B!

Any advice for fellow artists?
Always believe in your dream, strong work ethic, passion and collaboration – dreams really do come true!

We’re honored to know Donavon and proud to support him as a South 40 Creative! You can check out Donavon’s video for Stompin’ Ground here.

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