Since then, Mark Preston, Ernie Pontiere, Bobby Poynton, Darren Dowler, Don Campeau, Chad Nichols and Donovan Tea
, have each had stints as members of The Lettermen
Donovan Tea was born in Houston, Texas and started singing professionally at 17 when he won an international vocal competition in Guilford, England.
After touring Europe, he
returned home to sing at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Master Chorale.
At eighteen, he
became a lead singer for The Young Americans
, appearing in Las Vegas for the first time in 1973 opening for the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr., Rich Little and Tony Bennett, and also performed for then President Gerald Ford in Washington, D.C.
While with The Young Americans
guest-starred on NBC's holiday special "Merry Christmas, Fred, From The Crosbys," performing a tap dance number with Fred Astaire and singing backup for Bing Crosby on the song "White Christmas.
In 1977 Donovan
began performing as a soloist at the prestigious nightclub "The Horn" in Los Angeles, opening his
career to nightclubs around the country and to performing in the cruise ship industry.
In late 1978, early 1979, Donovan eventually became a solo production singer at The Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas NV. in the revue "Casino De Paris".
It was during his
time there that he
first met The Lettermen
when they attended one of The Dunes shows.
then moved over to The Stardust Hotel as lead production singer in the revue "Lido De Paris" for about four years, until 1984, when he
heard of the vacancy he
now fills in The Lettermen
has remained a continuous member of The Lettermen
joined the group in September of 1984, making him the longest tenured Letterman next to Butala.
most favorite things in life are his
wife Darla, his
children Landry and Lawson, and working his
cattle ranch in North Central Tennessee.
Bobby considers his return to The Lettermen
a true honor and looks forward to recreating the magic on stage and in the recording studio once again with Tony Butala and Donovan Tea
are: Tony Butala, Donovan Tea
and Bobby Poynton