Donna Ulisse – Mountain Lily

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Donna Ulisse Livin' Large

Donna Ulisse’s new album, Mountain Lily Out Now

Donna Ulisse’s new album, Mountain Lily, has just been released this week. The recently crowned 2024 SPGBMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) Songwriter of the Year is ready to unveil her latest Billy Blue Records’ release which weaves together elements of Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel, and Americana, creating a rich tapestry of sound that is both timeless and deeply resonant.

Ulisse invites listeners on a soul-stirring journey, romanticising the beauty of everyday life.

Fans can download and preview the new album here.

Donna Ulisse Mountain LillyThe ten-track album is a testament to the enduring power of mountain roots music. Don’t Time Drag</em and My Constant Savior showcase the incredible vocal talent which got her signed to Atlantic Records at the beginning of her career. Where the Mountain Lilies Grow displays her unique storytelling ability and evokes the timeless beauty and rugged spirit of the mountains. The album carries with it a sense of longing and nostalgia and is a testament to her unparalleled artistry and talent. Every song is infused with raw emotion and authenticity.

I have been making records for more than half my life now, a long time indeed, and without a doubt, this is my best album yet. To have two of my best friends, the incomparable Doyle Lawson and multi-talented Jerry Salley, my heroes and mentors, put their extraordinary talents into my music and pull vocals out of me that have been hiding somewhere inside, is proof that it’s never too late to teach an old dog a new trick or two! Thanks to my Billy Blue Records family, Mountain Lily will always live like a mighty oak in the heart of me – Donna Ulisse.

With one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass music today, Donna Ulisse shines on Mountain Lily and proves without a doubt that she is at the top of her game. It was a real honor to work with Donna and Doyle Lawson on this new album – Jerry Salley, Billy Blue Records.

About Donna Ulisse:

With a musical past as colorful as a Van Gogh painting, Donna found her way from Nashville’s Music Row to a lily filled mountainside where the sound of the music she loves to write and sing these days was born. Country music fans remember Donna Ulisse from her days as an Atlantic Records recording artist in the early 1990’s with her critically acclaimed album Trouble at The Door, producing three singles and two videos.

These days Donna Ulisse is a key figure in the bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter. Her single “It Could Have Been The Mandolin” from the album Hard Cry Moon topped the Bluegrass Unlimited chart at #1 for two months in a row in 2016 and the album topped the Roots Music Report chart at #1. In 2016 she was awarded International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year and IBMA’s 2017 Song of the Year for “I Am A Drifter” recorded by Volume 5. Albums and awards kept coming; in 2018 and 2022 she won the award for SPBGMA’s Songwriter of the Year and also 2022’s SPBGMA Female Vocalist of the Year!

In 2019 Donna signed with Billy Blue Records, home to some of bluegrass music’s brightest stars. Her first two projects with Billy Blue, Time For Love and Livin’ Large were once again produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson. The current project, Where The Mountain Lily Grows, will make the 4th production with Doyle Lawson at the helm and her 14th commercially released CD.

As a songwriter, she has gratefully had her songs recorded by bluegrass artists Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Claire Lynch, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Larry Stephenson Band, Volume Five, Christy Cox, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne and The Grascals to name a few, as well as a song on the 2014 Grammy winning album Streets of Baltimore by the Del McCoury Band.

Author of the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process and founder of Little House Songwriting Workshops has Donna busier than ever. Always eager to offer aspiring songwriters the opportunity to write with her and pro writing partners Rick Stanley and Jerry Salley, she and her husband host these exclusive workshops on her beloved Wee Farm in hopes of getting these hungry songwriters to the next level in their craft.

Bluegrass music paves the way for Donna Ulisse to continue to tour with her band, The Poor Mountain Boys, bringing her unique, original brand of mountain music to stages across the country.

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