“These songs are all about empowerment and dreaming towards getting a better life. I performed them at numerous talent showcases, and charitable events, including Edison Job Corps of Edison, NJ, and the Kessler Institute of West Orange, NJ.”
Check out the interview with Donnell Isaac exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Donnel Isaac: I was first exposed to music when I was singing in the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church Choir at the age of 9 in Portsmouth Virginia. My gift was nurtured in its infancy by my great aunt, Fairfield Jackson, who played a major role in developing my passion for music and singing. I also sang in my family group, The Gospel Swannetts in the early 90s, and performed numerous song with them including, “Well Done” and “Jesus, When Trouble Burdens Me Down.”
I was raised in a talented family, which shaped my passion and inspired me to dream about having a real career in music and songwriting. The very first song I wrote was “Happiness Is Just a Step Away.” After that, it was “Never Change Your Heart’s Desire” and “It’s My Season”. These songs are all about empowerment and dreaming towards getting a better life. I performed them at numerous talent showcases, and charitable events, including Edison Job Corps of Edison NJ, and the Kessler Institute of West Orange NJ.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I have become a social media junkie over the years. I utilize YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. I do this to connect with as many music lovers across the globe.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge I believe is promoting. Trends seem to be changing as we speak. What worked this week may not work next week. To overcome this, I just stay true to my craft. I stay in my lane and focus on creativity and do my best with getting my music to the hands of music lovers everywhere.
How is the music scene in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
I come from a small town called Portsmouth, Virginia. That’s where the late Legendary Ruth Brown (Blues singer), Missy Elliot and Nicole Wray are from. So music and is part of my hometown.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I think the future of music is bright. As long as we remain creative and true to our music our way is clear!
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
I would say stay focused, grounded and humble. Always be teachable and trust in your process.
What inspires you to write your next song?
Current and future events.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
My first step is to be inspired. A melody will develop out of nowhere. I write to the sound and melody that I hear in my head. Then I share it with the producer and you have the actual masterpiece!
What do you think makes a great song?
The inspiration and the story behind it.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?