“Welcome to the colored section | Welcome to the Negro league | Sign your name on the black list and know this | It’s American history | See what is to be blackmailed | See a real live conspiracy | Sign your name on the black list and know this | It’s American history” – Donnie “The Colored Section”
When was last time you listened to an album where the words were so powerful and meaningful that you actually had to pull out the liner notes to make sure you did not miss anything? I have listened to Donnie’s debut release on Giant Step Records, “The Colored Section” several times. I am enjoying it so much that it has taken me awhile to do to this review. The lyrics above are from his opening song, “Welcome To The Colored Section.” They are truly poignant and thought provoking. Donnie has been placed in the currently popular “neo-soul” genre but his music has the soulful consciousness of Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and the sensitivity of Roberta Flack. You hear their influences in his music as well his own church roots growing up in Atlanta. Donnie opens our eyes to the world around us and then brings us back inside to look at our own loves and lives. Every song on this album is a precious gem that is brilliantly arranged. Among the host of excellent musicians, Billy Preston is featured on the Hammond B3 organ and Bobby”Rufus”Watson on the bass. My favorite songs include “You Got A Friend“, “Rocketship“, “Do You Know? “, Cloud 9“, and “Heaven Sent.” I hope this is just the beginning of great music from this talented artist.
Donnie is currently touring with his good friend, India.Arie and also with Julie Dexter. Read more about Donnie on his website, http://www.myspace.com/donniemusic. Be sure to pick up the album so we can keep the good music coming.