DoNnie vie’s new album
“The gods left a basket of really cool ideas on my doorstep, and then it was like a build-your-own sundae out of melodies and sounds,” former Enuff Z’Nuff singer Donnie Vie says about the birth of Beautiful Things, his new solo album that will be released in 2019.
As Vie tells UCR, he had written so many songs in his life, he thought that streak of creativity might have come to an end. There was a lot that led to that moment, as he shared with fans in a lengthy update when he launched a campaign for the new album. “With a loyal fan base and belief in the talent and quality of our songs and records that still continue to grow and improve, I kept to the grindstone for many years with the band, battling many issues, both personal and professional, I soon realized all I was doing was grinding off my own nose and confusing motion with progress,” he says now.
“After a string of very strong solo records, facing most of the same problems, and a few years in hiatus to physically and spiritually rebuild, a new energy began to form in and around me. It started with strong bond of family and support and slowly getting back in touch with the fans and truly talented friends from throughout my long journey who all very much believed in and loved the work I have done and created. Naturally, wonderful new melodies and song ideas started to pour out.”
The first song that arrived as a result of that creative renewal was “I Could Save the World.” The track features Roger Joseph Manning Jr., the “Jellyfish genius,” Vie says, on “pianos, strings and things,” drummer Matt Walker (Morrissey, Beck) and other friends and associates who helped him flesh things out.
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“It’s a big song! Just passion and colors,” Vie says. “And you can definitely hear the vocals.”
Fans could access a variety of additional incentives and merchandise, including the chance to get their name in the liner notes and have their photo on the album cover, which has become a montage of pictures submitted by fans, lovingly and painstakingly designed by Lee Stokes and Jose Mendez.
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