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Ulisse releases companion CD to her book



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.

Ulisse writes first book for Hadley Music Group

BookCoverAmazon_edited-1Donna Ulisse recently completed her first book for Hadley Music Group titled The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My  Creative Process. 

In this book, Ulisse shares her development as a songwriter; from introducing us to the people around her as a child who fired up her imagination, to being a signed songwriter at a music publishing company in Nashville, TN for the past fifteen years. She offers tips on the co-writing process, explanation of song structures and rhyme patterns, exercises on how to get your own creative juices flowing, as well as many of her own lyric examples with insights to her approach on each lyric. Written in her endearing, straightforward and down to earth style, Ulisse’s love of songwriting shines through on each page and she presents the information in an accessible form to writers of all levels. The book quickly moved into the Top 10 on Amazon in the category of books on songwriting.


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.