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I'm writing to fill you in on what's happening in my world and with my new record "In the Pink." Well, the best news is that we've managed to secure a release date for the album. My own label has entered into an agreement with Redeye Distribution for an early Spring '08 release of "In the Pink" in America and Canada.
Much of my energy lately has been spent in preparing the final album artwork. In addition to that, a lot of work is being done right now on the publicity plan for the album which will start to kick in in January. Also, you may want to check your favorite hot adult contemporary (Hot AC) radio stations in February for "Shout," the first single off the album. We are putting a radio promotion plan in place now and will be working hard from mid January to get that song positioned for airplay.
I can also tell you that we are in the early stages of putting together some footage for a music video, and in January I'll be starting rehearsals for promotional performances. It's also worth mentioning that I've managed to do some collaborating with recording artist Ryan Farish on a song that hopefully will appear on a future album of his.
So, things are indeed rolling forward and I can imagine that I'll have more and more news for you as time goes on. For now though, during breaks in the record cover preparations and all the rest I'm at home making Welsh cakes with my son, Archie.
All my best to you and happy holidays!
Born and raised in the Welsh city of Cardiff, Donna was classically trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, majoring in flute and piano.
She first began performing in local bands to develop her singing and songwriting talents. By 1990, she was working solo (piano/vocal) in piano bars across Britain and Europe. She had also invested in her own home multi-track studio and produced a string of demos.
It was at the end of 1993 that this material came to the attention of Atlantic Records and so impressed Chairman Doug Morris that he flew her out to New York to meet her personally - and offered her a recording deal on the spot!
Her debut album - 'Now in a Minute' - was released in 1996 to universal acclaim. The first single - 'I Love You Always Forever' - became an instant global phenomenon, climbing to the top of the charts in countries around the world. In the USA, it re-wrote the record books at radio by exceeding 1 million 'spins' to claim its place in music industry history as the most-played single ever, at that time.
Her follow-up album 'Blue Planet' came out in 1998 and confirmed the arrival of a genuine new talent. It featured 2 more hit singles; 'I Could Be The One,' which did well in Europe and 'Love Him,' which went to the top of the Billboard Dance Charts in America.
To date, Donna has sold in excess of 2 million albums.
As well as on her own material, Donna's voice has also been heard on a series of other hits. She featured on Fox Films' soundtrack for 'Anastasia' - an album that was certified gold in the USA - with the song 'At The Beginning.'
Back at the start of 1999 Donna took some time out. She had worked without a break since the release of her first album in 1996 and it was finally time to start catching up with friends and family. But an unexpected call from producer Trevor Horn soon had her racing back into the studio. Donna and Trevor first worked together on her 'At the Beginning' duet with Richard Marx for the soundtrack of the animated movie 'Anastasia.' This time, the project was for Trevor's own band - 'The Art of Noise'. Donna was invited to join the vocal 'cast'- as a dream singer on the track 'I Dream in Colour' - on a new conceptual work called 'The Seduction of Claude Debussy,' based on the French composer's music, life and times.
Towards the end of 99, Donna met the Italian producers 'Souled Out'. One of the tracks cut in their Naples studio - 'Take Me O' - was the official No. 1 Club Breakout in Ibiza and across mainland Europe through the summer of 2000.
In 2001, Donna has appeared on the 'Utopia' benefit album as part of a star-studded line-up that includes Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper, Donna Summer and Bonnie Raitt.
Donna has also been collaborating with the high profile American Film Music writer David Torn, who was behind scores for the movies Traffic and The Heist. The demos from the project, now called Chute, were first played in July and August 01 and were among the top five most requested songs for three consecutive weeks on KCRW in Los Angeles.
In 2002 Donna made a newly recorded set of songs available to her fans exclusively through her web site. 'Be Still' was an album of intimate, unplugged, predominantly solo piano and voice material.
Far from being overwhelmed by her success, Donna is back and ready for more. The long process that started soon after the release of 'Be Still;' that of creating a new full-production album, has finally come to fruition in Donna's 'In the Pink.'