New Video From R&B Singer/Songwriter Donnie Calls Attention to Racism, Homophobia, and Sexism
The first single, “911” is a wake up call for America that will give yet another perspective on the artist that People Magazine says, “continues to evoke the spirit of cousin Marvin Gaye with insightful political and social commentary (3.5 stars out of 4 stars)."
Today, BET J’s Soul Sessions will host the world premiere the new music video “911” taken from R&B singer/songwriter Donnie’s sophomore album The Daily News, in stores now on SoulThought Entertainment. The music video will premiere at 4 p.m. EST (with subsequent showings at 11 p.m. on Monday, October 1st, 6 p.m. on Tuesday October 2nd, 6 a.m. on Saturday, October 6th and 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 7th). Soul Sessions world premiere will also feature behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot as well as an interview with Donnie about the song’s content and the making of the video.
“I wrote ‘911’ because America is in a state of emergency,” Donnie explains. “Just look at what’s happening in Jena, Louisiana, West Virginia, and in New Jersey. If these incidents are not a wake-up call, then I don’t know what it is? And it’s not just the racism and sexism. America’s homophobia is the reason why 29-year-old Michael Sandy is dead today and his killer’s are on trial in New York. We have got to wake up and change our ways.”
The Daily News is the culmination of a thoroughly reappraised Donnie. Donnie’s “ripped from the headlines” approach to songwriting on The Daily News sees him using poignant lyrics to tackle a diverse range of society’s woes – unemployment, racism, sexism, homophobia, suicide and child molestation – being just a few of the subjects. In less capable hands these topics could become overly dark and brooding, but on The Daily News Donnie finds himself at his funkiest. Full of righteous indignation without being preachy, he brings us with him, all the while allowing his truth to shine through.
“If I were You” and “911”, the first two singles released from The Daily News, have enjoyed strong support on Urban AC Radio, VH1-Soul, BET J, Music Choice & LOGO. The videos can also be found online, Monday October 1st, at YouTube.com and Myspace Videos.
Donnie is currently out on tour with upcoming shows in:
Washington DC – Friday October 5th – Black Cat Theatre
New York City – Sunday October 7th – Highline Ballroom
Philadelphia – Monday October 8th – North By Northwest
Up-to-the-minute tour information on Donnie can be found at his website, http://www.donniemusic.com.
Check back here at 1:30 P.M. PST to see the video if you can’t watch it on BET J.