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Donna Ulisse wins IBMA Songwriter of the Year!

Congatulations to Hadley Music recording artist and songwriter Donna Ulisse who was named the 2016 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Songwriter of the Year. It was the fifth year in a row Ulisse had been nominated and the audience jumped to their feet when her name was called. Donna has had songs recorded by Del McCoury Band (Grammy winning album), Doyle Lawson Band (Grammy nominated album), Claire Lynch Band, Larry Stephenson Band, Volume Five and many more.

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Donna Ulisse hosts Bluegrass Ridge on Heartland TV!

Hadley Music Group recording artist was recently in the studios taping a month’s worth of shows as the host for Bluegrass Ridge, a bluegrass video program on the Heartland TV Network. The show is thirty minutes long featuring videos from the top bluegrass music acts as well as interviews. Along with Heartland TV, the show also airs on The Family Channel, Angel Two (Dish-TV), AMG-TV, Keep It Country TV-UK/Ireland, Country TV (New Zealand) and DTC Cable (check local listings). Donna will be the host for the full month of August 2016. 

The show has added Donna’s videos of the songs “Hard Cry Moon”, “Showin’ My Roots”, “I Am A Child of God”, “Her Heart Is A Stone Hard Ground” and “These Troubles” into rotation and also featured Donna in an interview. They will also be adding her Christmas video of “He Is Here” into their Christmas programming.

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Uncle Hadley Music has song on new Chris Jones CD!

RunAwayTonightCoverChrisJonesUncle Hadley Music has a song co-written by staff writer Donna Ulisse and Chris Jones on the new Mountain Home Music release by Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. The album is titled Run Away Tonight and the song is “My Portion and My Cup”.

Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters.” Americana artist Jim Lauderdale said of Chris, “He continues to have one of the most distinctive and best voices in music, period.

First single ships from upcoming Donna Ulisse album

mandolin-cover“It Could Have Been The Mandolin” is the first single to ship to radio from the upcoming release by Donna Ulisse, Hard Cry Moon.  The song is a co-write by Plisse and frequent co-writer Jerry Salley.

Donna did a spoof video to promote the single by interviewing many key bluegrass artists. After banjo player Greg Davis is knocked down by a mysterious overstrung force the big question is “What could it have been?” Breaking news from The Bluegrass News Network with Donna Ulisse reporting and commentary from Russell Moore, Audie Blaylock, David Adkins, Edgar Loudermilk, Sammy Shelor, Larry Cordle, Joe Mullins,Larry Stephenson, Roland White, Rebekah Long as well as all of her band The Poor Mountain Boys,  Jon Martin, Rick Stanley, Bill Baldock and Greg Davis. See the video below:

 
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Ulisse releases companion CD to her book

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Hadley Music Group has released a companion CD to the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process written by singer songwriter Donna Ulisse. The CD is titled The Songwriter in Me: The Demo Recordings and includes all twenty-four songs that are featured in the book as lyrics.

As soon as the book was completed, Donna approached Kathy Anderson at HMG with the vision of a companion CD offering readers of the book the opportunity to also listen to the songs as they were reading the lyrics along with the notes Ulisse has in the book regarding the meter of each song, how the melody works with the lyric and rhyming patterns. It was also her vision to present the songs in much more sparse arrangements than her other recordings to show the listeners how she often hears her songs when she writes them and also how she records them to present to her publisher as a representation to pitch to other artists, inspiring “The Demo Recordings” as part of the title. All of the songs are recorded with just acoustic guitar tracks and and on occasion an additional mandolin, fiddle and vocal harmony. Musicians on the CD are Bryan Sutton, Kenny Smith, Glen Duncan and Tony King. Ulisse’s husband and co-writer on many of the songs, Rick Stanley, sings harmonies on multiple tracks and also sang lead on the song “The Man That I Am” which Ulisse felt was a bit more believable than singing it herself.

The album includes some of Donna Ulisse’s most popular songs such as “Let it Rain”, “Showin’ My Roots”, and “I Am A Child of God” as well as many songs that have yet to be heard. However, even the familiar songs will sound fresh to those familiar with the original releases when they hear them in this stripped down setting.

Donna Ulisse to head back into studio with producer Bryan Sutton

DonnaBryanPrePro_edited-2Singer songwriter Donna Ulisse and guitar virtuoso Bryan Sutton are preparing to team up for their second studio effort on the Hadley Music Group label. The album will be Ulisse’s eighth release on the label.
Sutton was at the helm of production for Ulisse’s 2013 release Showin’ My Roots which was her first album to feature mostly cover material as she paid tribute to many of her musical heroes. 
Ulisse, who has been nominated as IBMA Songwriter of the Year for the past three years in a row, will be turning to her own vast song catalog once again for this new album. She handed Sutton nearly sixty songs to sift through and they recently narrowed it down from twenty to a final twelve in a recent pre-production meeting. 
Bryan Sutton is one of the most sought after session acoustic guitarists in Nashville, a member of the band Hot Rize as well as a recording artist in his own right on Sugar Hill Records. His latest release “Into My Own” is nominated for a Grammy in the best Bluegrass Album category. He was also voted IBMA’s Guitar Player of the Year in 2014. 
Ulisse is busier than ever as she continues to tour with her band The Poor Mountain Boys playing festivals and concert venues. She also is experiencing more success than ever as a songwriter, having her songs recorded by other artists including recent cuts by the Larry Stephenson Band as well as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. In 2014 she authored the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process and launched a traveling songwriting workshop called Songwriting Escape. 
An official release for her new CD is being targeted for late spring or early summer. 

 

Uncle Hadley Music adds more bluegrass cuts to catalog

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The Larry Stephenson Band recently included “Come To Jesus Moment” on their bluegrass gospel release Pull Your Savior In. The album has received very favorable reviews and is getting heavy airplay on bluegrass and gospel stations.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver also included the song “Wilma Walker” on their current release In Session.

Both songs are written by Uncle Hadley Music writer Donna Ulisse and her husband and frequent co-writer Rick Stanley. 

Donna has busiest year ever at IBMA conference in Raleigh!

Donna being interviewed by Bluegrass Today's David Morris.

Donna being interviewed by Bluegrass Today’s David Morris.

Each year in late September, the International Bluegrass Music Association hosts an annual conference ending with the annual awards show. The event has been held in Raleigh, NC for the past two year.  Donna was there in full force as an official showcase artist but she also did many other things.

Bluegrass Today’s David Morris interviewed her about her book on songwriting. You can watch the video here.

Donna and her band The Poor Mountain Boys also did a master class at a local middle school. Enjoy a short video clip of them teaching here.

On Friday evening, Donna and The Poor Mountain Boys were part of the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, doing a show on a street stage in downtown Raleigh to a large and enthusiastic crowd.

There was also an interview with the local ABC affiliate about women in bluegrass as well as a songwriting workshop with several other bluegrass songwriters. Ulisse also had a booth all week in the exhibit hall where she took time to meet and greet folks.

 

Congratulations to Donna Ulisse for IBMA nominations!

hadley-congratulates-donnaHadley Music Group is proud to congratulate Donna Ulisse for her nominations at the IBMA awards for 2014.

For the third year in a row, she is nominated for Songwriter of the Year along with Becky Buller, Jerry Salley, Tim Stafford, and Mark “Brink” Brinkman.

Her recording of “Wait a Little Longer Please Jesus” is also nominated as Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

The awards will be held in Raleigh, NC in late September.

Donna Ulisse plays WSM-Durango stage again at CMA Music Fest

Donna on the WSM-Durango stage waiting to be introduced

Donna on the WSM-Durango stage waiting to be introduced

For the fifth year in a row, Ulisse was invited to perform in the Nashville Convention Center at the annual CMA Music Fest. Her performance was on the popular WSM-Durango stage to a great crowd. The performance was also broadcast live on WSM 650-AM and streamed live globally by the station.

Her show featured many of the tunes on the “Showin’ My Roots” album.

After her performance, her fans waited patiently for a meet and greet, photos and autographs.