By Frank Lewis
Country music singer and music executive Donna Cunningham, a Scioto County native, has had a whirlwind year, but will attempt to bring her talents home this weekend and catch her breath. Cunningham told the Daily Times she will be singing at the new Hope Cafe on U.S. 522 in Wheelersburg, along with a few of her friends, including Dewey Howard and Kim Smith. Cunningham said the show starts Saturday at 7 p.m.
“My last single ‘Gone for Good’ went to number one on several charts, including New Music Weekly Chart and Main Country Chart here in the U.S.,” Cunningham said. “I was honored with the Artist of the Year for 2013 by Great Country Radio in Nashville, and was also given the 2013 Fred Leonard Memorial Award which honors people in the music industry for helping to keep country music alive and in the public eye.”
In addition, Cunningham’s duet with Allen Karl, “Ain’t That a Lovin’ Shame,” was also voted Country Duet of the Year for 2013 by Great Country Radio. That song is the only song to ever make it to number one twice at IndieWorld. It hit the top of the chart, dropped to number 20, then shot back up to number one again.
Cunningham said her newest release, “Beer Bottle Brown,” will be available later this month.
“In February, I performed a Showcase at the Crossroads on Broadway for Country Music Week which hosts DJs from around the world for the week-long celebration,” Cunningham said.”In May I will be singing at the Spring Fling in Nashville and again at the Fan Fair Festival in June. And the NTCMAI (National Traditional Country Music Association International) Festival over Labor Day Week in Iowa.”
Cunningham not only records for Century II, Nashville but has been promoted to the position of Executive Director of Artist Development which means, she said, she is always looking for quality performers to record and possibly sign to the label.
“I am hoping that in some small way this business association will benefit Scioto County in a positive way,” Cunningham said. “I just got back from Nashville on the 30th where I met with several prospects from down south, but I am in the process of trying to put together a showcase of sorts at the Southern Ohio Opry this summer.”
Cunningham performs at least once a month at the Southern Ohio Opry in Lucasville, usually the last week of the month. However, she said the show this Saturday, April 5, at the Hope Cafe, will be just for donations.
“So come enjoy the music, food and dance,” Cunningham said.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.