Howard is a singer-songwriter, dancer, DJ and house producer. He is a member of English pop-rock band Take That. As well as working with Jason Orange as band choreographers, he sang lead vocals on one of the band's many number one singles first time round, "Never Forget". In addition, he also wrote and sang lead vocals of the song entitled "If This Is Love" from the band's album, Everything Changes.
In late 2006 Take That reunited and released their first studio album since 1995, Beautiful World and off it they recorded two number ones in "Patience" and "Shine". Beautiful World featured Donald on lead vocals on two tracks; "Beautiful World" and "Mancunian Way". The song "Mancunian Way" is a tribute to the band's hometown Manchester and it features his daughter Grace singing at the end of the song.
On the latest Take That album The Circus, Donald sings lead on two tracks, "What is Love" and "Here". He also has a partial lead solo with Jason Orange on "How Did It Come To This", and also sings lead with the rest of the band on the album's opening track, "The Garden"