Welsh born Donna Lewis (06/08/2016, Cardiff) has just released her fifth studio recording ‘Brand New Day’. It is an intimate, jazz-infused album and a striking departure from anything she has done before. Produced by her longtime friend and collaborator David Torn, who arranged all the songs, and backed by The Bad Plus jazz trio, it redefines her as an artist while maintaining the wonderful open qualities her fans love.
‘I Love You Always Forever’ (from the multiple-platinum selling Now In A Minute) was such a huge hit for Donna Lewis – a #1 chart hit / dance-pop classic for which people around the globe still have boundless affection – the 1996 song will always be the one for which many fans know her. However the daughter of a jazz pianist has since forged her place in the pop world, through styles as diverse as art pop, singer/songwriter folk, traditional jazz, and classical.
Her formal training was at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, where she majored in classical composition for piano and flute. Lewis then went on to teach music for a year in Sussex before moving to Birmingham to sing in a bar band. During that time she set up a home studio and began recording demos. Before long she became a popular live attraction and circa 1993 began sending her demos to record labels that subsequently lead to a deal with Atlantic Records.
On this latest album, along with three originals (the languid ‘Sleep’, the title track ‘Brand New Day’ and a ruminative reworking of ‘I Love You Always Forever’), Lewis and her trio delve into a handful of inspired cover songs that cross stylistic boundaries from David Bowie’s ‘Bring Me the Head of the Disco King’, to Fred Neil’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ at Me’.