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    Donna Hughes

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Never Gonna Change lyrics
    2Poor Old Heart lyrics
    3I'll Remember You lyrics
    4Yesterday lyrics
    5One More Time lyrics
    6A Dream lyrics
    7Loser lyrics
    8Not Anymore lyrics
    9Sad Old Train lyrics
    10Somewhere in Time lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Same Old Me [Running Dog Records] [2003]
    2Gaining Wisdom [Rounder Records] [2007]
    3Somewhere in Time [2001]
    4Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies [2010]


    Donna Hughes has written well over 250 songs, inspired by
    everything from family experiences, to heart break. Donna grew
    up part of a close knit family on a small farm in Trinity, North
    Carolina. Her musical odyssey began when she started playing
    melodies on a piano at age three. The first song she ever played
    was "You Light Up My Life," and then shortly after "When the
    Saints Come Marching In," at age 3 with her right hand. Her
    parents were excited and pleased, but would grimly discover
    that they would have many years to endure of Donna making
    lots of disturbing noise with that piano. Many interrupted television
    programs and phone calls later, her parents would be thrilled
    to suddenly hear her composing her own music. Shy about singing,
    and never singing in public until after graduating from college,
    Donna first began singing in her church, Westfield Baptist. She
    has served as Church Pianist for the small church, attended by
    her family for many generations. Donna plays guitar also, and
    has entered and won 1st place at many bluegrass competitions
    in the vocal category. She was once a member of two North
    Carolina based bands, "Wildwood" and "Different Directions"
    In 1996, Donna recorded a demo album of songs she had
    written, but didn't have the knowledge of the music industry to
    promote it at that time. So she worked harder, writing nine of
    the songs on her first bluegrass album, Somewhere In Time,
    including the title cut. The album, released in June of 2001,
    received air play and recognition worldwide, and landed her
    great reviews in many popular bluegrass & acoustic music
    publications. A couple of her original tunes were selected for
    "DJ's Hot Picks" in several issues of Bluegrass Now Magazine.
    She did countless radio interviews in several states either live
    or by phone, and was asked to perform across the nation as a
    result of her debut CD. Donna's second album, Same Old Me
    contains 21 original songs. In her quest for a record deal, and/or
    getting a song cut, she left no stone unturned. Shortly before
    Christmas of 2003, Donna received a phone call out of the blue
    from Tony Rice. He had been given a copy of Donna's Same Old
    Me album. Impressed with the fact that she wrote all 21 songs, he
    asked if he could produce her next album, which eventually led
    to her signing a recording contract with Rounder Records. He
    stated it was simply a "box car load of great tunes." Ironically at
    that time, her car CD changer was filled with Tony Rice albums. To
    Donna, it was such a welcome relief to get recognition from such an extraordinary musical hero, after all of her hard work. Donna's new
    & highly anticipated album, will be released on Rounder Records
    in early 2007, produced by the legendary Mr. Rice and a host of
    special guest including Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter,
    Carl Jackson, Sonya Isaacs and many more. Tony Rice later stated
    that "She is an artist that has the potential to go as far in music as
    she wants," and called her Same Old Me album, a "21-song
    Masterpiece." Donna was chosen in 2006 for the third year in a
    row, to perform at the "International Bluegrass Music Association
    (IBMA) Songwriter Showcase. Dozens of songs submitted by
    songwriters nationwide. Larry Cordle, a well-respected songwriter
    who has written songs for the likes of Kenny Chesney & Garth
    Brooks, helped judge the submissions one year, and stated "her
    material was unforgettable." She was also chosen for the second
    year in a row to appear on the IBMA Master's Stage for the
    Songwriting Workshop. At IBMA in 2004, Donna met well
    respected songwriter, Carl Jackson. He said about Donna, "This
    lady is one of the best new singer / songwriters in the world of
    bluegrass,I'm a big fan!" Carl, a three time grammy-winner, has
    written songs for Alan Jackson, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris,
    Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Roger
    Miller, and many other stars. Carl has made some awesome
    contributions to Donna's new album with his superb harmony
    vocals, and by helping Donna line up other awesome harmony
    singers such as Sonya Isaacs, Alecia Nugent and Lona Heins.
    Donna will always remember WNCW Radio in Spindale, NC for
    playing her music when Barry Bales, bass player for Alison Krauss
    & Union Station heard her music. Barry called the radio station
    and got Donna's phone number from DJ, Dennis Jones. Barry then
    contacted Donna and stated he had heard her music on the radio,
    and that he "really liked what he had heard." He requested she
    send her songs for their band's consideration. Donna has been a
    huge fan of Alison Krauss and Union Station for many years,
    possessing every album of the band, and was truly honored to
    have such highly recognized and successful musician take notice
    of her work. The song the band recorded was My Poor Old Heart,
    which is on their newest album, Lonely Runs Both Ways, an album
    that received a Grammy for "Country Album of the Year." It was the
    final song to make their album. Alison Krauss & Union Station then
    performed My Poor Old Heart at the 2005 CMA Awards Show. Alison
    Krauss has written Donna to personally thank her for sending her
    material, and complimented her writing. Alison has acknowledged
    Donna several times on stage in front of thousands and even had
    Donna's parents stand up in the spotlight, at a live concert in
    Greensboro, NC, to congratulate them on their 34th wedding
    anniversary. That is a moment Donna & her mother will never
    forget. Donna said, "Where some artists easily forget where their
    material comes from, Alison is extremely generous, in how she
    lends recognition to all of her writers. I have a lot to be thankful
    for, as I've always dreamed of having Alison record one of my
    songs. This is a 12+ year dream that has survived to finally meet
    reality." Alison and Donna are now pen pals, and meet in person
    on occasion. Donna songs have also been recorded by other artists,
    including the 2005 Country Colgate Showdown winner, Heather
    Shelley, who recorded Donna's song "Not Anymore." According to
    Donna, "Heather's abilities are absolutely beyond amazing, and
    I am certainly rooting for her to become a huge star." The Seldom
    Scene, long-time veterans of bluegrass, recently recorded Donna's
    song Sad Old Train.

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