Dondria Discusses Dondria Duets 5 Mixtape, Being Mentored by Jermaine Dupri, Upcoming Album (Exclusive)

R&B singer Dondria has been on our radar now for over a decade, ever since she was a pioneer in constructing a motion through YouTube and ultimately getting signed by Jermaine Dupri. Lately, the pair have been again within the studio collectively, so it was solely proper that we introduced Dondria in as a visitor on our newest SoulBack R&B Podcast.

During her look on the present, amongst different issues she mentioned her newest Duets mixtape, being mentored by Jermaine Dupri over time, and dealing on her upcoming album. You can hearken to or examine what she mentioned to say beneath, but in addition you should definitely try the complete episode. In case you missed any of our current podcasts, you could find all of these right here.

YouKnowIGotSoul: You’ve finished a bunch of duets mixtapes, and your newest one is impressed by 90’s R&B. What conjures up you about 90’s R&B?

Dondria: I wish to nickname it genuine R&B. I feel that it’s one thing that everyone is impressed by it doesn’t matter what style of music you do or how you are feeling. We’re even getting lots of samples in hip hop from 90’s R&B. I feel that it’s really feel good music. It’s life music. I feel that it does the right job of simply explaining no matter state of affairs you’re in, love, having your coronary heart damaged, I simply really feel like R&B greatest embodies that.

YouKnowIGotSoul: Talk about persevering with to construct with Jermaine Dupri and your upcoming album.

Dondria: He’s been a significant pressure in my profession. At the time when he found me and we began this journey, that was the tail finish of artist growth too. He put me by way of that. He confirmed me the ropes. I bear in mind sooner or later I had a present arising, and I actually needed to carry out my present over, and over, and over till it was proper! I had the chance to get mentored and get recommendation, this can be a legend within the sport and a genius. You should hear! All of the success that he’s garnered for himself, he has the contact and the ear. I feel that he’s determining the place he can succeed essentially the most too. I feel that this mission is lit and it’s step one of some superb issues. I can not wait to drop it.

With this mission, I had been at all times on the studio even when I’m not working. I’m simply there. He and Bryan-Michael Cox, and Dallas Austin, they had been all there on the studio, and I had simply been getting again to my outdated fashion. Sometimes life occurs and also you attempt to determine who you’re, you’re rising up, all of the craziness. I discovered myself getting again to my outdated stuff, which might be bugging JD all the time, texting him, calling him. I used to be simply up there and telling them it’s time to go now! At first, they had been in all probability confused. But I feel it’s fairly evident.

It’s humorous as a result of simply watching social media, yesterday I posted simply singing a tune from my first album. I feel any person did a bounce combine in New Orleans, and it’s sort of getting this new life. Everybody is singing alongside to it on their tales and posting it on their web page. So I made a decision to sing it and there’s a lot nostalgia simply operating down the feedback. Fans are nonetheless taking part in my first album. It was affirmation that that is what they need and now’s the time to provide it to them. I simply assume that all of us see that. With JD, when it’s go time, it’s simply go time. When he mentioned we’re doing this mission, it’s within the studio every single day till 7 am for 2 weeks straight. Now that we’ve obtained previous that, we nonetheless could come into the studio and simply file increasingly stuff. You can simply inform there’s an power and pleasure within the room that’s re-sparked. It’s actually thrilling. I feel this music is one thing that individuals have been craving for and ready for.

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