New Album from Donna De Lory: “Here In Heaven”
Madonna fans, Donna De Lory‘s new album is being released today in all digital stores and streaming services, as well as physical CD. The longtime Madonna back-up singer and prolific musician and solo artist is mixing of all the flavors and colors in the gifted singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist’s multifaceted musical world in this new work, Here in Heaven.
Beloved for decades as a reigning diva of devotional music, Donna also has deep roots in heartfelt and expressive pop songcraft. Her vision and breathtaking voice possess the scope and range to embrace all of these influences on Here in Heaven. The self-produced album blends vibrant Indian and Latin tonalities with contemporary grooves, lavish string arrangements and exquisitely crafted melodies. It all adds up to a masterful musical statement that is deeply personal yet universal in resonance.
As her fans well know, Donna De Lory’s pop sensibility was honed by two decades of touring the world as Madonna’s back-up singer and dancer, performing on the Who’s That Girl, Blond Ambition, Girlie Show, Drowned World, Re-invention and Confession tours and featuring in the in the documentary films Truth or Dare and I’m going to tell you a Secret.
Donna grew up in a highly musical household—the daughter of the late, Grammy-winning pianist and producer Al De Lory, who was part of the legendary Wrecking Crew and inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Her grandfather played in the studio orchestra at Warner Bros. for films including Casablanca and Gone With The Wind.
Following up on the international dancefloor and chart success of her self-titled, 1993 MCA/Universal solo debut album, De Lory went on to extensive recording work with such artists as Bette Midler, Leonard Cohen, Belinda Carlisle, Carly Simon and Selena, to name a few, also lending her voice to film soundtracks. And with her 2004 album of sacred Sanskrit mantras, The Lover and the Beloved, De Lory became one of the foremost voices of the burgeoning world devotional music scene. All of these elements meld together beautifully on Here in Heaven representing a bridge between De Lory’s two musical worlds.
This intimately personal work includes a passionate Spanish-language ballad, Amor Amor, co-written with her father (and featuring him on piano), and cover versions of two songs Donna’s always wanted to record, the moving Never Be Mine by Kate Bush and the lilting Listen, featuring a charming chorus starring Donna’s daughter Luci and her third grade classmates.
- Heaven 4:07
- Listen 5:28
- Sat Siri 6:54
- Never Be Mine 4:35
- Piano Man 5:23
- Amor Amor 4:42
- Miracle of Love 5:00
- Go Talk to Mary 5:33
- Heaven Meditation 3:21
Musicians on Here in Heaven include guitarists James Harrah and Gerry Leonard, percussionists Dave Allen and Luis Conte, and strings player Stevie Blacke, among others. The record also features some incredible background vocals by Niki Haris. Donna herself contributes keyboards and harmonium. The album was mixed by studio wiz Kevin Killen.
MAY 5 – Butterfly Day at The Mermaid, Topanga, CA
MAY 11 – Shakti Fest 2018, Joshua Tree, CA
JUN 16 – Hanuman Festival, Boulder, CO
JUN 23 – Bhakti Village, Ashland, OR
JUL 19 – East Coast Tour TBA
AUG 11 – High Vibe Festival, Omaha, NE
SEPT 6-9 – Bhakti Fest 2018, Joshua Tree, CA
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