Posted on November 21, 2014


“I am very pleased with the entire global artist discovery / development process of this contest, but more importantly I am excited about our deepened relationship with Beyond The Song and now Donna Hughes.  The strong results we have already achieved with Donna’s music and brand globally, in a very short period of time demonstrates the strength and quality of her art.”  Robert Weingartz, Chairman & Creator – AirPlay Direct

Donna Hughes is the first artist discovered for promotion and development by Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct collectively.

“Donna has already accomplished a tremendous amount in her career.  But after studying her professional history and art, I felt confident that we could help her and her team formalize an ‘Action Plan’ that would help her move her career and brand in a positive direction.  Donna has a loyal fan base, and it is now growing quickly.  I guess I was her first new fan from the moment I heard her sing.  Working with Donna is a treat and always a learning experience for all involved.”   Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song.

Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes has written over 500 songs during her impressive career. She has albums produced by Tony Rice  (Gaining Wisdom) and J.D. Crowe  (Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies) both on the Rounder Records label.  Her original songs have been recorded by numerous artists through the years including “My Poor Old Heart” which was recorded by Alison Krauss & Union Station and performed during the CMA Awards Show in 2005.

In 2014, Donna embarked on her biggest endeavor yet by producing and releasing not one, but two new albums independently in 2014.  “From the Heart” is her bluegrass album and includes 19 original songs plus two cover songs.  The second album, “Fly”, has certainly delighted Donna’s fans that love her piano music, with 8 original tunes, plus 4 cover songs.  Donna’s new music has found wonderful support from global radio and their listeners, as demonstrated by her success on the APD “All-Time”  Global Radio Indicator Charts.

“Winning the Beyond the Song Contest has been like ‘winning the lottery’…!  All the pieces of the music business puzzle didn't seem like they would ever fit together for me, even with all my years of experience of traveling, performing & recording.  Fortunately, I won this fantastic contest and have now had the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Gary Bradshaw and the AirPlay Direct Executive Team.  To help put all of this into perspective, their experience and dedication of countless hours of consulting was above and beyond.  They shed light in areas I was either not aware of, or had totally forgotten of in this ever changing business.   I have gained a new perspective from these priceless hours.  And check this out… it didn't cost me anything to enter this contest!”  Donna Hughes, Award Winning Singer-Songwriter. 

For more information contact:  Lynda Weingartz -

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