First Listen: Donnie returns after long absence to talk to America

(May 23, 2020) I’ve always heard a lot of Stevie Wonder influence in the music of Donnie. I had that feeling when I heard his debut album The Colored Section back in 2002.  That album featured socially aware tracks such as “Beautiful Me” and “Cloud 9” and breezy mid-tempo love songs like “Do You Know” that were definitely influenced by Wonder. Then, there is Donnie’s vocals. I’m not saying that he sounds like Stevie, but he operates in a similar range vocally.

Still, having a musical influence is not implying that Donnie is trying to copy. Rather, the comparison is my attempt to place this talented artist in some artistic context.

(May 23, 2020) I’ve always heard a lot of Stevie Wonder influence in the music of Donnie. I had that feeling when I heard his debut album The Colored Section back in 2002.  That album featured socially aware tracks such as “Beautiful Me” and “Cloud 9” and breezy mid-tempo love songs like “Do You Know” that were definitely influenced by Wonder. Then, there is Donnie’s vocals. I’m not saying that he sounds like Stevie, but he operates in a similar range vocally.

Still, having a musical influence is not implying that Donnie is trying to copy. Rather, the comparison is my attempt to place this talented artist in some artistic context.

Donnie has returned with a new single titled “America (Do You Wanna Go Higher?) that is both an anthem and call to action. The upbeat track can be viewed as a response to those who believe that we must look to the past to retrieve the country’s greatness. The lyrics make it clear that while the virtues of a good or great society are ancient in many respect, the country and its citizens must look to the future if America is to ever achieve its highest potential.

Donnie says: “'America (Do You Wanna Go Higher?)' is an anthem of testimony; a testimony of how far you’ve come. It is a theme song; a sing-along about going to another level and being a better person and a better citizen." Check out “America (Do You Wanna Go Higher?)” here.

By Howard Dukes

Donnie - “America (Do You Wanna Go Higher?)”

 

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