The handsome, young singer serves up a savvy collection of singles
Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2010
Billboard Discoveries praises new artist Donnie Athens singles while he works on his debut album.
"Cali-based Donnie Athens began his R&B career as a back-up vocalist with Ray-J (the younger brother of singer Brandy and an artist in his own right with hits “One Wish” and “Wait A Minute”), while touring with the act’s 2005/2006 Raydiation Tour. The handsome, young singer serves up a savvy collection of singles on the way to assembling his first full-length disc, led by “The Good Life,” which possesses a driving pitter-pat beat; keen positive chorus (“Thank you for giving me the good life baby, no one has ever loved me like you”); and a soulful vocal that lies somewhere between the youthful fervor of Chris Brown and retro Terence Trent D’Arby. “Mystery Girl” revisits the ‘80s, with a synthesizer-driven backdrop, amid Athens’ beautifully harmonic, multi-layered turn at the mic. “There U Are” offers an uptempo jam, the poppiest among the bunch, clacking down a melodic train track, with a slightly gritty vocal performance; while “Goin In for the Kill” flips the vibe with an opening rap and jittery production—perhaps the most contemporary R&B jam amid the tracks offered. In addition, a dance version of “The Good Life” maintains the song’s R&B signature, while adding electronic blips and beats, turning up the heat on the beat. In all, Mr. Athens’ efforts are produced with judicious expertise, instruments and arrangements are crackerjack, while his abilities to break out as a solo act are undeniable. The package is present: Now let’s move forward with that first full effort and let the world discover the charms of Donnie Athens." -Billboard Discoveries
For More Information on Donnie Athens go to his Electronic Press Kit