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Portrait of Donny Goines

Donny Goines

About Donny Goines

New York, NY

Born in Manhattan,Donny Goines spent his youth going back and forth between Philly, the Bronx, and Harlem. Ingrained with a street mentality that some can only imitate, Donny knew that to fill the holes in his life, something had to change, something had to happen. His energies had to focus on a positive to avoid the negative. Having been forced to grow up fast, Donny realized in his searching that music was his solace. With an obvious interest in performing, writing and freestyling, Hip-Hop became a more prominent aspect of Donny’s life, it became his salvation.

Putting pen to paper allowed him a release from his real world; yet aware that what he penned people would relate to. Always having to be one step ahead of permanent hardship and in control of his own destiny meant adjustments had to be made.

Having joined the navy in 2000 Donny found himself unable to adhere to the restrictions and conventions that it set forth. He knew his heart was in music, he knew proving himself over the abundance of aspiring artists out there was not going to be easy. But Donny Goines wasn’t ready to fall prey to a life in a place where he didn’t want to be. He was going to make sure he was heard, he was here to be heard.

So leaving the navy after three years, Donny immersed himself within the music industry. This was to become his saving grace; the freedom which music allowed let him voice his frustrations in rhyme. All his life Donny Goines has wanted something better. One thing never under-estimated about him though is just how hard he is going to work for that ‘something better.’

So with a thorough understanding of what real work is about; Donny Goines realized that out there in cyberspace there was a profusion of people who may be able to add some guidance to the mission he was on. A chance meeting online with the late Disco D had the producer take the role of mentor to Donny Goines. Donny was consistent, he was eager and his passion for Hip-Hop couldn’t be ignored.

Blessed with knowledge, guidance and relentless focus Donny took on board all the lessons he was taught, the invaluable information that was bequeathed to him. Donny was in a position many people can only dream of. But the devastating loss of not only a mentor but a friend when Disco D took his own life had Donny re-evaluating his position.

Knowing that Disco D would not want him to dwell on what was gone; Donny immersed himself in music. There was not enough hours in his day to do what he wanted to do. Determined to expose himself to the world, Donny worked extreamly hard and the results he has seen is what many unsigned artists hope to achieve for themselves.

Utilizing marketing tools such as the internet and allowed Donny’s music to be heard beyond the state lines of New York and the confines of the USA. Allowing fans to download his music for free has encouraged a solid fan base across the globe.

He has delivered solid performances at infamous New York industry events, allowing people to see that he is not just a studio rapper. He wowed the audience at the legendary Faces in the Crowd showcase held in New York City. “There is nothing better than seeing people react to you when you perform on stage. When you get a New York crowd rocking, you know you are doing something really right.”

One of those performances was the Breeding Ground showcase during AllHipHop week at SOBs in lower Manhattan. Having also appeared on the Breeding Ground was a great achievement for Donny. He appeared alongside fellow New York rapper Joell Ortiz, M.O.P and amongst numerous other Breeding Ground Alums. Many wish for a chance to stand on that stage but only few are fortunate to garner such a position

Donny prides himself on being a rapper who relates to what fans require. He isn't afraid to put out music for free, he isn't afraid to perform without charging; he knows that to engage fans with his words and his ability, these measures have to be taken.

Donny Goines is proving to the industry, his fans and most importantly himself that his talent never falters, his grind never ceases and he would be a welcomed addition to any label’s roster; given half a chance.



Melanie J Cornish



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