There are women artists who act as producers on their own
albums, but very few women produce recordings for other
In popular music no woman has ever won a Grammy for Best
Producer. Out of only a handful of women who have been
nominated, only one woman was not an artist who was producing her
own album. Song Sisters was conceived as a way to encourage women
to take on the role of Record Producer.
Hello everyone. I'm singer-songwriter Donna Dean. I am an award
winning songwriter and recording artist, lucky to have so many good
friends and fans. My songs have won awards here in New Zealand, and
have been recorded by Grammy winning artists. I am the subject of
award winning documentary film 'The Sound of Her
Guitar', and I've been written about in leading music
publications like 'Elsewhere' and 'No Depression'. I am about to begin work on
my eighth album, Song Sisters.
Song Sisters aims to shine a spotlight on women
producers. It will give a voice to women as the creative decision
makers in music, and as creative leaders in other creative fields
as well. It will be a signpost for others to follow, an example for
up and coming producers, both men and women.
Song Sisters will feature a group of hand
picked women producers in both New Zealand and America. Each of
these ladies is highly regarded in the music industry, and is a
brilliant, talented artist in her own right. They include
Grammy winners and finalists, as well as
Tui and APRA winners. This isn't a "women only"
project. There are many men involved as well. But all the producers
will be women.
Each of these women will work with me to produce one or two of
my songs. Each one will draw upon her own distinctive style, making
for a unique and colorful mix. We will reveal who the
producers are, once recording begins. The songs will be
recorded all over New Zealand and America.
I am reaching out to my community-to my mates, and to you who
might be new to my music. I sincerely want you to be a part of this
vision. This is about creating a place where men and women work
together to create the music and art that we love. I'm asking you
to join us, to give what you can, to be a part of Song
Sisters. Any amount you can donate, no matter how small,
is very much appreciated.
Thank you for this. Peace to you.
Have a look at the short trailer to "The Sound of Her Guitar", a
film by Bill Morris:
Here is Donna and her band, sitting in with The Excellent
Tradesmen, jamming on her song "What am I Gonna Do?"
Thanks so much for your support. We still need more partners to make this happen!
6 MONTHS AGO
Donna Says Hello
6 MONTHS AGO
Donna says hello, and thanks to everyone who has helped with the campaign so far. We hope you'll want to be a part of this project.