Gardier is a name you
should be familiar with but you'd probably not recognize here on US
soil. She is one
of those singers that just seems to have staying power even when
things doesn't go according to plan but here she is embarking on
another chapter in her luminous career with a new album called 'Home'
career has all the traits of say Erykah
Badu or Mary
J. Blige but without
the notoriety. She made her debut album in 1991 'Reach
Out' (on virgin) that
had a couple of modest hits ('Good
Thing' and 'Reach
respectively) and in '95 joined the group 'Raw
Stylus' who's album 'Pushing
against the Flow' had
the hit 'Believe in me'. She then popped up on
Full Flava's remake
of the Quincy
wouldn't hurt me' in
to stand still for long, Donna has now signed with UK indie giant Dome
Records and will
release her debut set for the label on Sept 30th. The
album sees Urban
Species Member Lennox
and producing with Donna with plenty of tracks to capture your
lead off single and title track 'Home'
is tailor made for radio - a dance floor filler in every sense while
and 'I am'
are steady up tempo grooves that should move you. On the slower side
of things 'Something
'One and only'
and 'Real Thing'
are real winners for me but a favourite will no doubt be the
acoustic updated version of Marvin
sweet it is (to
be loved by you)' produced by label
mates Full Flavas
A welcome return for Donna
that should see her garner top ten status for the first time.
As she says 'I
feel that now is a good time for soul music generally and for
soulful, personal songs – hopefully the public will like what
I have to say'
A true TY-D Pick
Listen to Donna
Gardier's - 'Decisions'
Listen to Donna
Gardier's - 'You