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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.



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.

Hadley Music’s Donna Ulisse included on RFD-TV’s Simply Bluegrass

Donna with Eric and Leigh Gibson; The Gibson Brothers and also IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Donna Ulisse recently spent a day in the Nashville Northstar TV studios surrounded by the “who’s who” of bluegrass music taping RFD TV’s Country Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass. The show was hosted by Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson and Ricky Skaggs.

Other guests on the show included The Grascals, Bobby Osborne, Mac Wiseman, The Whites, The Roys, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Jesse McReynolds, The Gibson Brothers, Jerry Douglas, Ramona Jones, Sierra Hull and Donna’s duet partner on her new album, Newgrass icon Sam Bush.

Donna sang the song One Way Rider off her new CD at the request of Terry Choate who booked her on the show and Carl Jackson and Larry Cordle sang harmony with her. The staff band consisted of Barry Bales on upright bass, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Ron Stewart on banjo, Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Donna’s co-producer on her new CD “Showin’ My Roots” on guitar, Bryan Sutton. Air dates are yet to be announced.

Donna Ulisse honored with IBMA Songwriter of the Year Nomination

Hadley Music Group singer songwriter Donna Ulisse has been nominated for International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award. The nomination was announced at the August 14, 2013 press conference at Loveless Barn in Nashville, TN. The other nominees are Brink Brinkman, Paula Breedlove, Louisa Branscomb and Eric Gibson. The winner will be announced in Raleigh, North Carolina at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference during a special awards luncheon.

Nominations are decided by a special professional committee and upon the body of work written and released during the year with consideration given to chart activity, reviews, radio airplay and sales. This is the second year in a row Donna has been nominated.

Donna Ulisse plays IBMA FanFest

Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys recently played a gospel set on Sunday morning, October 3, 2010 to wrap up the annual IBMA FanFest event for bluegrass music lovers and fans from all over the world. The event was held at the Nashville Convention Center and features some of the biggest names in bluegrass over a two and a half day period.