Donnalou Stevens | Closer Than Near

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Closer Than Near

by Donnalou Stevens

Donnalou's softer more reflective side comes alive in Closer Than Near.
Genre: Country: Contemporary Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Relentlessly Yours
3:19 $0.99
2. I'm Lucky
4:19 $0.99
3. Cinderella
4:17 $0.99
4. Closer Than Near
4:11 $0.99
5. Keep It Simple
3:23 $0.99
6. Hanging Out With Angels
5:24 $0.99
7. I'm Right Here
2:46 $0.99
8. Texas Lullaby
4:27 $0.99
9. Buddha in Suburbia
4:58 $0.99
10. Miracles Happen
3:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Closer Than Near tracks the story of Donnalou's personal journey in song. Although she is known for her funny music and her positive, joyful demeanor, the path to her freedom was hard won. Many of the songs on this CD echo the journey from self loathing to self love and paved the way for the heart and sentiment underneath the sharp wit and funny lyrics that are having such a powerful impact on the world with her first ever music video, 'Older Ladies'.

It was always easy for Donnalou to sing her funny songs, but when the more vulnerable and poignant tunes started to come to her, she was afraid to sing them, thinking her voice was not good enough to pull them off. She used other people's voices to record these songs, but there was always something missing, so nothing was ever done with the recordings.

After a meditation weekend in Salem, Oregon, Donnalou was driving in the pouring rain to Eugene where she lived at the time. "It was one of those magical moments when that tiny inside voice grew very loud and started speaking."

"The reason these beautiful songs came through you is because you are supposed to sing them. But don't try. Give up any effort, get out of the way and let your body be sung by the songs. Go to Austin and make a CD with Jimmy George." That was the first time Donnalou realized what true singing was about.

Donnalou didn't have the money to make a CD, but she knew with a voice that clear and that loud, it would be taken care of. She called Jimmy and asked him to book out two weeks of his time at his recording studio, The Roost. When he asked for a down payment, Donnalou said she didn't have it yet, but that she knew it would come and and asked him to trust her. Jimmy agreed and the wheels were set in motion.

A few days later, the idea came to ask if any of her friends, theatre fans or family wanted to sponsor a song. Donnalou had a lot of people that were very excited that she was finally recording some her music, and when the email was sent out, the CD was paid for in a matter of days.

Just like a sense of fun and joy emanate in 'Older Ladies', depth, vulnerability and heart shine through the songs on Closer Than Near.



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