DONNA ULISSE, “Holy Waters,” Hadley Music Group. 13 tracks.

Donna Ulisse, pronounced you-liss-ee, left her home in Hampton, Va., in the 1980s and headed for Music City with dreams of being a country music queen.

She soon found work as a demo singer and was signed by Atlantic Nashville. In 1991, the label released her first CD, “Trouble at the Door,” which produced two videos and three singles before disappearing.

In 2007, Ulisse resurfaced as a “bluegrass poet” with the critically acclaimed “When I Look Back” album. She wrote or co-wrote all 14 tracks.

Then came “Walk This Mountain Down” in 2009.

Now, she’s back with “Holy Waters,” a collection of gospel songs. Ulisse wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks.
The 13th is Carter Stanley’s “Who Will Sing For Me.”

Ulisse’s husband, Rick Stanley, is a cousin of Ralph and Carter Stanley.

Keith Sewell plays her father-in-law’s 1935 D-28 Herringbone Martin guitar, which Carter Stanley is said to have played once at a family gathering, on the song.

Other musicians featured on the album include Andy Leftwich, Scott Vestal, Byron House and Rob Ickes.

“Caney Creek  to Canaan Land” is an uptempo song with the message,  “You don’t have to go to Israel to find Jesus.”

“This Crazy Road” find the singer getting out  in nature to refresh her soul.

“Who You Need To Know” says getting to heaven is all about who you know.

A strong album by an artist who deserves more attention from bluegrass fans than she’s been getting.

Can’t find it in stores? Try, CDBaby, iTunes, County Sales or Music Shed.

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One Comment on “DONNA ULISSE, “Holy Waters,” Hadley Music Group. 13 tracks.”

  1. Ric Goodwin Says:

    I first became aware of Donna Ulisse by listening to WSM Radio in Nashville. I was blown away by her singing and then I learned she writes most of her songs and was doubly impressed. I totally agree she deserves more attention; not just from bluegrass fans but from country fans who love great traditional music. Lucky me…I live in Nashville and have even had a chance to catch her show at the Station Inn and it was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.

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