Dawn of the Don – So So Def’s Dondria Nicole Returns with New Music
Dondria Nicole is back with new music and we are loving it! The R&B songstress released two new tracks “Luh Ya” and “Too Good” and we must say she has definitely grown not only as an artist but as a young woman. The YouTube phenom has just released the most creative, self-inspired music since her debut single, “You’re The One.” With years of proving herself, Dondria has not given up on love and how she wants to be treated. Both singles come from her upcoming EP the “The Day of the Don” slated for release later this year. Heed recently caught up with Dondria Nicole to talk more about her latest singles, upcoming EP, how she stays fit and more! Check out excerpts from our exclusive conversation.
On the two new singles?
My two new singles are “Luh Ya” and “Too Good” is the other one. I wanted to do a double release because people have been waiting to hear something from me and I wanted to give more than one sound. I didn’t want my reintroduction to be in a box. “Luh Ya” is a little more trendy and “Too Good” is into your feelings and tapping into your self-worth.
On working with So So Def and Jermaine Dupri
I am still affiliated with So So Def and Jermaine Dupri! I did take the time and make the effort to do a lot of this, if not all of it on my own. There were different reasons for that. The first go round I was very young and I didn’t know very much about the music part or the business part. JD and So So Def took of everything, which really didn’t give me a sense of responsibility or teach me my own grind or my own hustle. I’m almost able to say that I’ve been doing this for 10 years, so it should be natural that I’ve learned and I’ve grown. So this is just me taking responsibility and handling my business!
On the importance of taking control of your business
When I came in the business, it was on the tail end of when social media became what it is and before R&B kind of took this trendy turn and before Hip Hop started having its different sounds. At this point you have to be a lot more knowledgeable. There’s no more artist development, you literally have to be pre-packaged and ready to go. The more sure you are, the more serious people will take you.
On growing as an artist and performer
I’ve started putting more time into dancing. I’m not a dancing performer, you know? I just sing and I do my thing. If you put more time into dancing and even into acting, it helps with performance. Even though I’m not doing flips on stage, the fact that I’ve taken time to go to dance classes, it helps things come more naturally. So even if I’m that singer that stands and give you more emotion, the fact that dance is instilled in me, it helps me dig deeper and portray it even more. I think going outside of the singing behind the mic and figuring out how other crafts and talents can enhance your foundational talent is really important!
On staying fit
Okay, I’m not going to lie, my nickname is “Fat-Fat” and that’s because I like to eat! However, I do workout! I like to workout 3-times a week. I’m pretty petite, so for me it’s not a lot of cardio; I like to go to the gym and lift weights and do squats with weights. It’s really important for women to life weights too, because it makes us stronger and if you match it with your diet you can make those muscles and curves look sexy!
On new music and her upcoming EP
On my upcoming project, you’re going to get a pretty broad variety of music. I’m also going to release another EP, because I want to keep giving and give you many singles as possible. I do have some pretty trendy stuff, but then I have that good ole fashioned R&B as well! The music is going to keep coming!
Check out “I Luh Ya'” and “Too Good” and let us know what you think!
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