Donna Ulisse
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Hope to see you in Maryland!!!Or at my annual trip to Merlefest.God bless!!


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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I hope to see you too! I am working on getting an invite for the Merlefest show....

peace,
Donna Ulisse

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Tell us about your grandmother, who you said started the whole
thing? Where did she live?


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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My sweet grandmother, Bonna lived in the Charlottsville area of Virginia. It's beautiful country there. When she was a young lady it was a whole lot more rural than it is today and life wasn't so easy for this railroad man's woman. They had a hard time scratching a way to raise six kids during the hard times as my grandfather worked tirelessly for the C&O railroad which kept them moving all the time.
In my memories she still has the voice of an angel. I hear her now. She taught me to sing harmony before I learned to sing lead. She would take me to church on Sundays and I remember her singing so loud, way above the other voices. She had a strong alto voice and didn't mind sharing it with anyone within listening distance and beyond!
As she grew older they moved to Richmond, Virginia where she lived until she went into a retirement community in Yorktown, Virginia. She sure was a good grandmother, a nurturer, a cheerleader, my biggest fan.
peace,
Donna Ulisse

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Where do you go to find new music?


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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In my catalog....lol! I write the things that I record these days. Now if you are looking for yourself I would suggest contacting the NSAI...Nashville Songwriters Association. You might google that to see their contact information. They will have the answers to how to get access to some song catalogs and publishers.

Peace,
Donna Ulisse

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What advice would you give beginner artists?


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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The first thing I would say is PRACTICE all the time. It's like breathing air to me...keeps my chops up and always improves my style. The second thing is to constantly work on developing the "real you". That means finding your true voice and not letting others try to talk you out of your direction. It's very difficult to make your mind up and stick by it. Folks will always hear you the way they want to hear you but your heart will usually tell you if thats what you're supposed to be.

Good luck my friend, it's a wonderful journey!
peace,
Donna Ulisse

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If you could meet anybody (past or present), who would it be?


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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hmmm....I would love to have a long conversation with Jesus Christ! Wouldn't that be a cool thing? I've got SOOOO many questions...

I think the present would have to be, ummm.....some of my Italian relatives that live in the hometown of my grandparents...Lanciano, Italy. I would have to learn the language but it would fun to hear about what their lives are like.

peace,
Donna ULisse

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Not a question, but a comment. You've got momentum working for you. All the bluegrassers I know are fans.


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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you are sooooo precious to share this with me. We are making a tremendous grassroots effort using plain old elbow grease and creative thinking (it's all I can afford at the moment). I am having the time of my life and sure appreciate all the positive feedback.

God bless you, you've made my day!
peace,
Donna

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Do you rember the couple from Alabama that came to see you at Pucket's in Franklin about a year and nine months ago, for the songwriters show. Enjoying your new cd.


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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Oh, I'm so happy that you are enjoying my music. Was it the show that had Claire Lynch and Curtis Wright also? Seems I remember a couple that was celebrating an anniversary...was that you guys?

you need to come back so I can see your faces. I'm doing a really cool show here in Nashville on December 1st. It's called Music City Roots and there will be a couple of other acts....great lineup!

peace,
Donna

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HEY!!!!

How you handling this heat?????


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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with a whole lot of cold water and AC....lol!
how about you?
peace,
Donna

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Are you ever coming to Texas?


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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As a matter of fact I'll be doing a festival in Canton Texas in August of next year. Check out my schedule at donnaulisse.com and we'll keep adding stuff. With any luck we'll get something in the Lonestar State a lot sooner...
peace,
Donna

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OK. What is the surprise??


Donna Ulisse responded on 08/03/2010
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well....now i couldn't go tellin you that and spoil it for everyone! keep an eye on your email inbox...it's like Christmas!