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Country music fans remember Donna Ulisse from her time on Atlantic Records when she released a critically acclaimed traditional country album “Trouble at the Door” with 3 singles and two videos and appeared on “Hee Haw, “NBC’s Hot Country Nights”, “Nashville Now” and “Crook and Chase”.
Bluegrass fans have been getting to know Donna over the past few years through her own brand of bluegrass; mostly self-written and often referred to as "bluegrass with borders". Her 2007 CD “When I Look Back” featured the song ”I’m Calling Heaven Down” which won the Top Bluegrass Song in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Awards. The title track from her 2009 release ‘Walk This Mountain Down” was in the Bluegrass Unlimited charts for six months and in June 2009 she was the #1 artist on Sirius XM Satellite radio’s Bluegrass Junction and her song “I Lied” was #1 five different times during the same year. In June of 2010 she released her first gospel CD which she referred to as her own personal "soul journey" and 2011 gave bluegrass fans her album "An Easy Climb", once again self-written including the Top Ten Bluegrass chart topper "Let It Rain".
In 2011 she took her music to an international audience for the first time when she and her band "The Poor Mountain Boys" traveled to Russia as bluegrass ambassadors at the invititation of the U.S. Embassy. They played four bluegrass festivals with Russian bands while there she appeared on many TV and radio shows.
As a writer she has recently had songs recorded by Claire Lynch, Darin & Brooke Aldridge and also had the title cut to Louise Mosrie’s “Home” which was the #1 Folk album in the nation in January 2010. In 2011 she had song recorded by bluegrass artists Nu-Blu and The Bankesters.
Ulisse's live show offers rare insight into the stores behind the songs she writes along with remarkable musicianship from her top notch band.