Donna Lewis

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Donna Lewis

One hit wonder or simply unlucky? Donna Lewis – we love you always, forever!

by Christopher Smith

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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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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