Songwriting

Donna has written north of 500 songs during her career. Her songs are being covered on You Tube by artists such as “A.J. Lee & The Tuttles”  & many other artists around the world – from  Slovakia, Japan, Bulgaria, and more.  There are over 200 songs on iTunes, written by Donna, that were either recorded by her, or other Artists.

Click here to see all the different artists on You Tube performing Donna’s songs.

Numerous other artists have recorded Donna’s original tunes including, but not limited to:

Alison Krauss & Union Station recorded Donna’s song My Poor Old Heart for her album Lonely Runs Both Ways. The album won a Grammy for Country Album of the Year (Alison’s 20th Grammy – the most ever won by any female.) Alison Krauss & Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas performed this song at the CMA Awards in 2005.  The song is also included on Ron Block’s instructional DVD.

Wyatt Rice recorded Donna’s song Lonesome Highway for his Solo Project, entitled “Something Out Of the Blue,” with Vocals by Russell Moore of IIIrd Tyme Out, and IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley.

The Seldom Scene – recorded Donna’s song Sad Old Train, for their album “SYNCHRONIZED,” which was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album Grammy in 2007.

Newtown – Released Donna’s song Naomi Wise, for their latest album “Old World,” written about a true story that happened in 1807 in Randleman, NC.

Kim Robins – Released Donna’s song “A Dream” for her 2017 album entitled “It’s Raining In Baltimore.”

Kati PennNever Gonna Change on the album, “MY TURN TO CRY“ released in 2008.

The Snyder Family Band – Released Donna’s song Little Bluebird on their debut album “COMIN’ ON STRONG,“ released in 2010.

Bria Kelly – from the hit show “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent,” recorded Donna’s song Why Me to address the horrible issue of dog chaining.

Heather Shelley – 2004 Country Colgate Showdown Winner, released Donna’s song “Not Anymore,” produced by the legendary Garth Fundis.

Nu-Blu Nights – Title track from the band’s 2010 album.
“The Donna Hughes song is suffused with the longing and profound ache Hughes delivers as well as any writer, and Nu-Blu makes it work by trimming down its instrumental attack, leaving only Luck’s mournful fiddling and Daniel’s stark acoustic guitar picking to craft a stark, abject soundscape for Carolyn to offer a stirring, restrained reading that packs a punch by being so controlled. The song is a keeper, and so is the entire album. Figure on Nu-Blu hanging around for awhile.” The Bluegrass Special.com review of “NIGHTS” by Nu-Blu

Darren Beachley – “Scattered to the Wind“ from his album ‘I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK” released in 2009.

Donna has written songs about everything from Dogs on Chains, to being stuck in line at Walmart, to gospel.  Let’s change the world with a song!

Alison Krauss & Union Station performing “My Poor Old Heart” at the IBMA Awards:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvoi4BkfexY 

 

“Scattered To The Wind,” covered by A.J. Lee & The Tuttles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-U4hVet8k0

Donna’s original song, “Sad Old Train,” performed by The Seldom Scene on Song Of The Mountains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjoUkTy7y74

 

Donna’s “Little Bluebird” by the Snyder Family:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWmwNkrz_A8

Grasscountry, a band in Slovakia, performing Donna’s “Where Are You Darlin?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVWwConaD-Y

 

Newtown’s version of Donna’s song called Naomi Wise:

 

Varjakka String Band in Finland, covering “My Poor Old Heart:”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk7xbCY1I5Q

Nagoya University Bluegrass Club, in Japan, at their 5th annual concert, performing “Sad Old Train:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-1asoZGhjc

Here is a band called “Union Central,” covering “My Poor Old Heart:”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exZ2XwlWqsU

Alison Krauss singing My Poor Old Heart at the CMA Awards 2005