One hit wonder or simply unlucky? Donna Lewis – we love you always, forever!
Cardiff born singer Donna Lewis (1973- ) hit the ground running in 1996 with her debut single “I Love You Always Forever”, a wistful ditty that found a wide audience across the world. The song still plays well over twenty years on and I’m sure Donna makes more than enough money to cover her weekly grocery shopping from it! Donna actually started playing live around her home town from 1992 and was signed to Atlantic Records two years later, although it would take two years of on/off writing and recording before her debut long player was finally ready. “I Love You Always Forever” was selected as the first release in the Summer of 1996 and it didn’t take long before it became one of the most radio friendly tracks around.
The song unsuspectingly made its way up the charts in five different continents eventually attaining a top ten placing in twenty four countries including topping the US Mainstream top 40 and the Adult top 40 and more importantly reaching No.2 on the singles chart, where it sold over 800,000 copies. The song made No.5 back home where it has gone on to shift over 400,000 copies. Donna soon released her debut album “Now In A Minute” which has sold over a million copies Stateside, although it was less successful away from that territory. One further chart entry was attained with the follow up single “Without Love” (UK No.39, US No.41), although this performed much better in Canada where it made No.12 and where the album had gained Platinum status. Follow up singles “Mother”, “Fool’s Paradise” and “Love And Affection” all failed to make any impact.
Donna was ‘seized’ by hit songmaker Richard Marx the following year to duet with him on a song he was recording for the film ‘Anastasia’. “At The Beginning” would chart at No.45 in the US and reach No.2 on the Adult contemporary top 40. Having begun recording for “Now In A Minute” four years earlier, Donna emerged from the studio in 1998 with her second album “Blue Planet”, which contained the lead single “I Could Be The One” (UK No.99). The album sadly failed to make any impact as did the follow up singles “Love Him” and “Falling”, and it seemed the world could only ever remember or want to remember Donna for one song and one song only.
Donna has continued to perform live whenever and wherever she can as well as recording vocals on guest recordings. She released the albums “Be Still” (2002), “In The Pink” (2008) and “Brand New Day” (2015) independently, although these had only limited if tiny impact with her die hard fan base.
…however…Donna is back! Only a few days ago she released a brand new single “Bad Bad Love” with producer David Baron, who has worked with Lenny Kravitz as well as upcoming artist Jade Bird. The song is the mournful yearning of a mother who has been separated from her child, and blends dream pop with Donna’s “angelic” vocals together with a string orchestra that combine to produce a thought-provoking and often heartbreaking number. Welcome back Donna. Let’s hope a new album won’t be too far on the horizon…!
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