What are your names?
Donna Marie (Donna Marie Songs)
What is the bands name?
What is your genre of music?
It crosses between roots, country, blues and rock.
Give us a little bio about you.
“Dove Ties” is the musical collaboration of Patrick Jordan & Donna Marie. Patrick’s rip roaring guitars and bluesy vocals paired with Donna’s Sweet, dulcet’ Country tones and lyrical story telling is what creates the unique sound of the Dove Ties.
What made you go into music?
Patrick – I got into music at about 4yrs when I started playing around on a keyboard. This led to me learning to play the organ. From there I picked up my dad’s acoustic guitar and then I moved onto electric at about 13. Drums came next at 16 and from there I just picked up different instruments to see if I could play them.
Donna – some of my earliest memories is that of my dad playing acoustic guitar and singing house of the rising sun. It sparked a real interest in music from being a toddler and it never left me. It was inevitable it was going to be music for me. I used to love playing around with the piano after Sunday school.
Who are your influences?
Patrick – I’ve been into music since I was tiny. I used to have a Fisher Price turntable and I would sit and listen to Elvis records all the time. My dad was into Queen and Dire Straits and 50’s Rock n Roll records so I would hear these in the car all the time. I think these had quite a heavy influence on the music I like to make now. I love Mark Knopfler but I’m also a big fan of John Moreland, John Fullbright and Tom Waits.
Donna – It’s changed a lot through the years but as a child it was your standard pop music of the day. The first album I ever bought was KYLIE MINOGUE in 1988 so pop music has always been of interest. As I got a little older into my teenage years it was all of the 90s pop music and particularly The Corrs. Their harmonies and melodies and musical abilities always impressed me. Love of country music was etched into my consciousness very early on. My parents would play Kenny Rogers and Tammy Wynnette on vinyl so the love of country music was always there. Once I discovered The Dixie Chicks & Alison Krauss, i started to listen to even country and roots music. My favourite artists is KT Tunstall, I love Brandi Carlile and Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones voice is pure silk. Musically I am definitely drawn to great female vocalists and songwriters. Chris Stapelton is pure gold, I love how he writes, how he plays and the tone in his vocal delivery.
Are you signed?
Patrick – I’m currently releasing my solo records with Earth Birds Records which is a joint venture between the UK and the US. Before that I was signed to Sony/ATV and Ignition Management.
Donna – I am not signed but I release everything from my own independent record label Climbing Mountain Records, including Dove Ties. I have had various deals with different projects over the years in music but it’s nice to have total freedom at the moment, who knows in the future, I would certainly be open to be working with the right label and team.
You released your new single ‘Ghost Of You’, tell us more about the single.
Donna – It’s what I’d call a soulful, ballad. With Dove Ties, when I write the lyrics I try to imagine a two characters that will work as a duet like a call and response type story. Most of us have had our hearts broken at some point so this is a story about love, loss and the inevitable heartbreak that goes with those emotions. This one is pure heartache on every level.
What is the meaning behind the single?
Patrick – I had some ideas for how I would like a track to sound so I sat down and recorded some drums and guitars and bass. It had a really cool feel to it but I wasn’t really sure where to take it from there. Donna picked it up and ran with it. It is one the best things about working with someone else, they hear something in your ideas and can take it somewhere you probably wouldn’t have thought of going to. That is what happened with “Ghost of You” and our last track “Light it up”
Donna – “Ghost of you” conveys the story of loneliness but it’s also a celebration of what was and no longer is. Two people living, loving and drifting apart through change, time and perhaps circumstance.
What was the writing and recording process like?
Patrick – From a music point of view, very very quick. It took about two hours to get the music down for this track. I knew what I wanted to play, knew how I wanted it to sound so I sat in the studio and threw it all together. Then Donna came in and took it to the next level with her melody and lyrics.
Donna – Patrick had a bunch of instrumentals he perhaps hasn’t been able to write lyrics for. That’s kinda how this project together all started. We are both songwriters and producers so understand that format, it’s pretty seamless and easy even though we don’t work together in the same room we definitely gel musically.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
Donna – Just the two of us on this project, all remotely of course. Patrick sends the music structure, I write the lyrics and melody and we bounce ideas off each other via instant messaging and emails.
Will we see a Music video for ‘Ghost Of You’, what can we expect from the creative process?
Donna – Yes. There is an official music video where we have two actors essentially setting the scene of a couple in love, living together in various locations. We also have an acoustic style Live performance video we are going to share as well.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
We’ve already released a single called “LIGHT IT UP” with a b-side “WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN”. There is a lot of material already finished so… watch this space
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
Individually we have various live shows but nothing planned together just yet, hopefully that’s something we can do, we haven’t even met in person yet!
What else can we expect in 2022?
Patrick – I’m releasing my third album, “Silver Linings”, on March 25th. I’m really looking forward to this coming out as for me it is my most personal writing to date. Donna and I will also continue working on songs for the Dove Ties project and we are currently in the process of writing a song with Linen Ray out in Nashville which will see a release at the back end of the year.
Donna – More solo material from myself as well as “THE SONGS & STORIES COLLECTIVE” with Tennessee Twin and Sarah Yeo. We formed during lockdown and did a whole bunch of live, online shows. We’ve recorded our own version of ‘humble & kind” and we have an original song coning out later this year as an official release plus a bunch of LIVE shows together. I get to wear the producer hat on THE SONGS & STORIES project as well. I’m also back on tour with Dominic Halpin & The Hurricanes as part of the band. I play keyboards, acoustic guitar and I’m a vocalist on this show. I am also excited about some solo shows that will hopefully happening later this year. Lots to keep me busy. Patrick and I are planning more releases together as Dove Ties and it’s really nice to be able to jump back on forth with different projects that are all so different from each other.
Will we see any collaborations and if so can you tell us more about them?
Donna – I absolutely love to collaborate. We are currently writing with “LINENRAY” in Nashville Tennessee. I am sure there will be more collaborations as well.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Patrick – ‘Enough’s as good as a feast’
Donna – Not sure i have a saying or phrase I stick by as such. Can I quote Yoda? “use the force?”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Patrick – Amp, guitar, pedal board, plectrum, cables.
Donna – My guitar, Keyboard, bag of wires/cables, in-ear-monitors and stage-wear. I’d be in trouble if I didn’t have these!