Somojo Magazine

Donna Loren

45 RPM
Fable 603 I Think It’s Almost Christmas Time - 1957 (Recorded as Donna Zukor)
Skylark 106 Honey Buggie / Keeping Company - 1960 (Recorded as Barbie Ames)
Ramada 501 The More I See Him / (Oo-we) Can’t You See - 1960 (Recorded as Donna Dee)
Crest 1095 Hands Off / I’m So Lonely - 1962
Crest 1106 Sailor Sailor /Tony - 1962
Challenge 9173 I’m In Love with the Ticket Taker / I’m Gonna Be Alright - 1962
Challenge 9190 On The Good Ship Lollipop / If You Loved Me (Really Loved Me) - 1963
Challenge 9203 I’m the One Who Loves You / Dream World - 1963
Challenge 9213 I’m Gonna Be Alright / Johnny’s Got Something - 1963
Challenge 9222 Danny / I Can’t Make My Heart Say Goodbye - 1963
Challenge 9237 Muscle Bustle / How Can I Face The World - 1964
Capitol 5250 Blowing Out The Candles /Just A Little Girl - 1964
Capitol 5337 Ten Good Reasons / Ninety Day Guarantee - 1964
Capitol 5409 So, Do The Zonk / New Love - 1965
Capitol 5548 Call Me / Smokey Joe’s - 1965
Capitol 5659 Play Little Music Box, Play / I Believe - 1966
Reprise 586 Let’s Pretend / Once Before I Die - 1967
Reprise 634 As Long As I’m Holding You / It’s Such A Shame - 1967
Royalty Sedona / Simply Loving You - 1982
Warner Bros 7-29326 Wishin’ and Hopin’ / Somewhere Down The Road - 1984

Capitol 2323 Beach Blanket Bingo - 1965

Missing 010 Best of Donna Loren - 1998
Collectables 2013 Very Best Of Donna Loren - 2000
Swinging Sixties MAGIC – The 80’s Collection - 2009
Swinging Sixties Love It Away - 2010
Swinging Sixtie Donna Does Elvis in Hawaii (EP) - 2010

Digital Singles
Swinging Sixties It Only Hurts When I Cry - 2009
Swinging Sixties Beach Party Movie Medley - 2010
Swinging Sixties Muscle Bustle - 2010
Swinging Sixties Beach Blanket Bingo - 2010
Swinging Sixties Love It Away (Remix) - 2010
Swinging Sixties Eloquent - 2010
Swinging Sixties Merry Christmas Baby - 2010

Hi, how are you?
I am so thrilled to be a witness to the profound changes occurring on the Planet.

What made you decide to be a solo artist and not want to be in a band?
My career began in my childhood. The decision to be a solo was made by my parents.

Do you work with the same musicians when recording as you do when performing live?
I have had the honour to work with legendary as well as up and coming musicians. In my early career I most consistently was backed by the infamous “Wrecking Crew”. Carol Kaye, WC bassist, was a guest on my latest album, “Love It away”. Currently I am rehearsing for future performances with a young musician I hope to work with often. My desire is to form a group of ‘guys’ who will be my band.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
My vocal skills are really pop music. From the songs I sang in the Beach Party movies to many songs I covered on Shindig, I was afforded an opportunity to sing
So many significant songs relevant in our pop culture. The first song I sang on Shindig was the Dusty Springfield classic “Wishin’ and Hopin’. There is an element of soul that, when I was a teen, confused listeners who thought I was black.

What music did you listen to while growing up?
I listened to Patsy Cline, Mahalia Jackson and Edie Gorme primarily. The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” was my favourite album.

Which artist or track inspired you to want to make music yourself?

My Story is based on beginning my career at age 7; actually earlier since I was entered into numerous amateur contests.

What was the last music you put on your ipod or mp3 player?
My son, who is in a band called “Atoms For Peace” with Thom York, turned me on to an album called “The Eraser”. My favourite cut is “Analyze”.

What have you been up to recently?
My focus is on writing my autobiography.

What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
Hopefully my book will be state. I am also looking to perform this year.

What is your current equipment?
My Steinway piano is an extension of me. Several years ago I restored my 1877 Grand. She is a tool for writing and experiencing my emotions.

If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?

My next acquisition is an iPad.

Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
I’m old school and love to record live with piano. Only downfall – no fixing “booboos”. I love capturing the moment.

How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?

I’m completely immersed in production. Engineering is always left up to an expert, although I am open to collaborating with a producer who has his/her own vision. That would be exciting.

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?

I made my first record at 9 years of age, so recording studios are like my second home.

Do you have any new recordings planned?

Which are your favourite original tracks?
My favourite original song is “Love It Away”. The lyrics are a uniting force to really choose Love over Fear.

Who are your favourite songwriters?
Randy Newman’s music is part of my life, especially his early work. My daughter Anna’s latest effort, “California Fade”, touches my heart deeply. I also love Jack White.

Who are the main songwriters for the band?

My own songs dominate my album as well as classics by Dylan, Neil Young and Jackson Browne.

Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?

I rely on intuition and trust my heart to take me in an enlightened direction.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
Song writing for me is capturing a moment; having a recording device to capture the idea and my piano to work out the chords.

Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
Third Man Records’ Jack White is my dream to tap into my retro/now style.

Would you sign with a major record company?
I am now an indie artist; formerly a Reprise and Capitol artist in the 60’s and a WB artist in the 80’s.

Which countries have you gigged in?
Primarily USA, but I did record in Italy for Reprise in 1967.

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
England, Germany, Australia and Japan because I have a fan base there.

Who would you like to tour with?
It would be fun and interesting to tour with a young singer-songwriter who’s influences are 60’s music.

How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Bender Group for PR.

Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
ReverbNation, Sonicbids, CDBaby and many others. Those are the best.

Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
The internet is making it possible for an artist like myself to be visible and share my music with the entire planet. I loved when Bill Gates called the internet the New World Order! Egypt liberated an entire nation due to Facebook!!

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Singing always stirs my emotions, so singing for the public will evoke an initial insecurity because the goal is to connect with the hearts of the listeners which happens in a few moments – then I can relax and enjoy.

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
Not yet, but I’m working on it.

Thank you Donna, for taking the time to talk to us.

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