Donna Ulisse has decided to turn her passion into teaching and sharing what she does in the process of constructing a song into a traveling workshop called Songwriting Escape. The three day workshops will be taught with a dynamic team she has already tested the waters with and they have developed a carefully thought out curriculum that will accomodate writers of all levels.
Donna and The Poor Mountain Boys arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina for the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual World of Bluegrass conference and hit the ground running with one of their busiest weeks ever. Donna was selected as an official showcase act playing three shows in the Bluegrass Ramble in addition to she and the band teaching a two hour master class at a local middle school, playing three late night showcases at the Marriott and then playing a show at the Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest for hundreds of bluegrass fans. On Saturday, Donna also was part of a songwriting workshop with several other well known bluegrass songwriters.
Wednesday, August 13, the International Bluegrass Music Association held its annual press conference to announce the final nominees for the IBMA Awards held in early October. For the third year in a row, Donna was nominated as the IBMA Songwriter of the Year and she was also in the final five nominees for Gospel Recorded Performance for her recording of Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus!