De Lory is much more than Madonna's longtime back
singer. She's a talented singer and author, and an incredible
friend to all her fans. Donna performed a series of solo
shows and attended a few in-store signings during her days
off along the Re-Invention Tour last summer.
Everyone who met her was enchanted, and the MadonnaTribe
Team was among those lucky fans.
One of the nicest memories we have from the
"Madonna week in Paris" at the beginning of September
was meeting Madonna's longtime friend and backing singer
Donna De Lory at her private showcase at
the Yoga Center in Paris on September 3rd. The event - a
Yoga Class followed by extended meditation performance -
gathered some of Donna's most affectionate European fans
that were very happy to finally meet her.
As Donna herself told the selected public, she chose to
spend her day off from the tour to share her music with
people, presenting her latest album, a collection of songs
sung in Sanscript called The Lover & The Beloved.
At the Samasthiti Studio in Paris Donna played two songs
in English and three mantras from her new album.
She also premiered a new song she wrote in French, inspired
by friend Mylène Farmer with whom
Donna worked as backing singer on the Mylène Farmer
The song is titled Eternité. Donna explained that
she still has to fix some of the French lyrics, but the
public cheered her telling her French is perfect, and
it's very fluent indeed.
We also had the chance to have an exclusive interview
with Donna about her re-Invention tour experience that
we're very happy and proud to present you here.
: Hi Donna, welcome to MadonnaTribe.
As part of the artistic team of this tour what is the main
difference between the re-Invention tour and the previous
Drowned world tour?
Donna: The re-Invention tour was a lot
more positive and Madonna was happy to do many of her
hits. I felt the show was created with the fans in mind.
The Drowned World Tour was a lot darker and more introspective.
The over all look of the show was moody and dark to me.
M-Tribe: This Madonna tour was certainly
different for you because you had your beautiful daughter
with you. How did she change your tour experience?
Donna: Having Sofia with me was such
a joy. I found myself hanging out in parks and museums
instead of clubs. After the shows, I would race back to
the hotel and put her to bed. Having her there gave me
such a feeling of comfort, a feeling of home. There were
times when she stayed home and I remembered how lonely
the road can be.
M-Tribe: Now that the re-Invention tour
has ended, what is your fondest personal memory of it?
Donna: I loved walking around charming
Amsterdam with Sofia, my friend Lynn and my boyfriend
Rob. The weather was so beautiful as we walked along the
canals with so much history around us. It was a time that
I never wanted to end.
Another very special evening was playing at the yoga center
in Paris. I felt such a oneness with everyone there. I
was happy to have shared such a personal experience on
my day off from the Madonna show.
M-Tribe: How do you feel by singing your
own music, with songs and mantras in Sanscrit and being
onstage with Madonna few hours later?
Donna: Playing my music always centers
me, reminds me of who I am. This recent CD of mantras
is truly a meditative experience for me when I play it.
I hope it is for everyone else as well. Getting out and
sharing my music always strengthens my performance with
Madonna. It makes me feel more at peace and gives me a
sense of unity with the audience.
M-Tribe: Why did you choose to sing in
Donna: I felt a great peace after chanting
the Mantras with a friend of mine in his group.
few years ago, I started to incorporate them into my songs
and live performances.
I am so moved by the meaning and intention behind these
mantras of love, unity, peace, and most of all, a great
humility for life and the creator.
M-Tribe: You have just released a remix
album of the songs of your last album.
What are these new versions adding to the original songs
that are so particular to begin with?
Donna: This CD was originally made for
radio stations. The record company Ajna and I thought
that everyone else who loved the Lover and the Beloved
having them as well. These remixes are different DJ's
interpretations of the songs.
M-Tribe: We had the chance to meet you
at the Yoga center in Paris and we were enchanted by your
own music and your great voice. You previewed there a
song dedicated to French singer Mylène Farmer that
you worked with in the past.
Can you tell us more about this song?
Donna: It is called, Eternité.
I was inspired to write this from being part of Mylène's
music. I wrote the music and the words.
Some people were confused that night that Mylène
wrote the song. I would love to hear her sing it.
M-Tribe: Everyone we met - and ourselves
too - were so impressed by how nice and gentle you are
to fans! What do you feel when meeting fans?
Donna: I love to be able to share my
music in such an intimate way. I feel such warmth from
the fans and I am always so blown away by the support
and love they give to me. That is why I sing and I am
so thankful for this gift that I can share!!!
M-Tribe: Any scoop or behind the scenes stories
that you would like to share from the re-Invention tour?
Donna: This is the hardest question
so far. Oh, at some of the shows in Europe, Madonna was
told to get off the stage after sound check so the crowd
could start to come in.
She was not ready yet so they started to let people in
while we were rehearsing on stage because the seating
was first come first serve.
I wondered how everyone would react when they saw her
there but they were fighting so hard for their place in
the front that they did not see her.
I couldn't believe it!!! There she was out of costume
with no make up and they could not see her. She was eventually
escorted off the stage easily by her body guards.
M-Tribe: Thank you Donna for sharing
your nicest summer memories with MadonnaTribe readers
Donna: Thank you for your support as
always!! I'll see you soon.
MadonnaTribe would like to thank the amazing Donna De Lory
for the love and care she donates in this interview and
for sharing her precious time with the Tribe.
Special thanks to Patty and Paul at Donna's Official Dream
Team for their help and assistance.
Check out more about Donna at her official website DonnaDeLory.com
and keep in touch with the world of her supporting fans
where you'll also find Donna's cds and merchandise at their
Can't wait to meet you again, Donna!
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