After having studied English and music at the University of Nottingham, Don Airey successfully took a diploma in the piano at the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1974, he moved to London, where he played in several bands: Hammer, Rainbow, and the jazz ensemble Colosseum II. In the recording studio or on stage, he played as a keyboardist with the likes of Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Jethro Tull, Ozzy Osborne, Judas Priest, and ELO. Since 2001, when he joined Deep Purple, he has toured the world with this band.
Besides playing as a session musician on the single recording of ‘Love Shine A Light’, Don Airey arranged and conducted the live version for Katrina & The Waves. With a landslide, this band won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, representing the United Kingdom.