Dons                (Art Green)

Dons (Art Green)

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Singer with unlimited abilities - from the opera to the rock. Produced by Charles Foskett (ShmusicMusic) - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello, Kim Wilde, Thompson Twins, Ciff Richard, Precious Wilson...

Biography

The tale of Dons, and his greatest passion music, begins in 1984 behind the iron curtain in Soviet Latvia. Dons always knew he would be the one to set his country’s name on world’s music map. He never goes for easy targets! Having experienced times of denial, disbelief and fear of music in his childhood, Dons has re-discovered his faith and is now unstoppable at what he does best.
“Lights On” is Dons second album released almost two years after his first record. He has matured and mastered his skills to almost perfection in collaboration with Swedish producers K*Bros and Peter Manson. Together they have created a powerful and exciting record. It's an emotional story bringing up subjects most people can relate to in one way or another. “When Love Turns To Pain” touches the subject of the mixed emotions love sometimes makes us feel. The song "Jaded" talks of breaking through and keeping an open mind even though life kicks you in the face at times. “Lights On” is a product of Dons, his past, present and future. Every song on the album is an extension of him, his history and his standing here, in this world as a person.Having learned the greatness of music early, Dons always knew that music was his one true passion. He sang his first song when he was three and started playing piano when he was five years old. His path would prove not to be without obstacles. The collaboration with his first teacher ended abruptly and under dramatic circumstances one day. The teacher was accused of trading with "illegal" goods, a serious accusation during Soviet occupation. He basically got arrested for having “Michelin” tires on his car and wearing a leather jacket.
Dons was too young to understand the real causes of the arrest – the small boy thought his teacher and friend was sent to jail because of singing, because of music. After that Dons never sang again in public. He feared music and singing, but deep down it was his only desire. It took several years and a change of political system in Latvia until Dons dared to sing in public again.
Dons became well-known in Latvia in 2003 after joining a local reality show - a la Fame Factory. The winner was promised a deal with a record label. The possibility of winning a record deal and getting his music out is what tempted Dons. Everything seemed to go his way until he, without reason, suddenly got voted out. Dons wasn't truly voted out, an error had been made when counting the votes, nevertheless he was out. His fans went crazy, they wanted him back. After a week of uncertainty the producers agreed – under one condition – to get back on the show Dons had to spend one week in what was called “the cell”. He had to be there alone, he could not go out, he couldn't talk to anyone. During that week he was allowed no contact with the outside world. Not that it bothered him, he did after all have his piano in there.
In the "cell" he composed a song called “Just For You”. The song was dedicated to Lily his love and Fame Factory co-star. It shot straight up to number one in the Latvian airplay chart and stayed there for six weeks. The success of “Just For You” and the debut album that followed strengthened Dons belief and faith in his musical abilities. His passion and dedication to music is stronger now than ever before.
“Music is an illness from which I do not need to be cured, I only wish to get more and more obsessed with it,” says Dons.

SONGWRITING CREDITS/AWARDS:
1) Finalist of the International Songwriting Contest 2006 - Category Rock

http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.htm

2) 2nd Prize Winner of the The Vision 4 Music Song Contest 2006

www.vision4music.com

3) Nominee of the Latvian Music Award 2004

4) Nominee of the Latvian Music Award 2006

5) Finalist of "Tour Germany + Release Your Album in Germany" 2007

6) Singers Universe Magazine Singer of January 2008 top 5 vocalist

http://www.singersuniverse.com/competitionwinner40-123.htm

7) Latvian Music Chart - Best Artist, 2006

http://www.lanet.lv/news/spice/arch/2006/2006-artists.html

8) Latvian Music Chart - Best Artist, 2007

http://www.lanet.lv/news/spice/arch/2007/2007-artists.html

9) Year 2007 Latvian Music Chart TOP 100 - 2007 TOP SONG - Dons "Tuksums" (Fast Line) - songwriter/performer

http://www.lanet.lv/news/spice/arch/2007/2007.html

10) 2nd prize winner of the LMK Musical Fight Club 2007 (songwriter/performer)

11) 2nd prize winner of the Latvian State Radio SEB Musical Bank contest (performer) 2007

12) Nominee of the Latvian Music award 2007.

Lyrics

Lights Out

Written By: Kbros

Deep inside I know these million miles of road
are like our crashing zone
In the headlight, I roll you over
Maybe it's okay, to try another day
when there's nothing left to say
Away from you has become what's normal.

You act like you don't care
You say it's always been out me
and my priorities

Lights out on never never
Lights out on our forever
You will be my broken dream
Lights out on never never
Lights out on our forever
Lights out on our broken dream

The fire lost its flame, but no one is to blame
for bailing out on pain
I'm heading in a new direction
The walls must all come down
So I send them to the ground
and leave without a sound
Away from you has become what's normal

You act like you don't care
You say it's always been out me
and my priorities

Lights out on never never
Lights out on our forever
You will be my broken dream
Lights out on never never
Lights out on our forever
Lights out on our broken dream

Lights out on never never
Lights out on our forever
You will be my broken dream
Lights out on never never
Lights out on our forever
Lights out on our broken dream

Mr Greene

Written By: Peter Mansson/James Cartriers

Well hello Solomon Greene God knows where you have been
Let the sun beat down you’ve made it Mr Greene

How they wonder where you’ve been
The ones you left out in the rain
“Was that him in that magazine
Or some guy who just looked the same?”
We used to dress up in a thousand ways
But we always came out the same
Mr Greene would gladly ruin the day
You could say it was his personal game

But if we find out that the things you do
Are the very things we want the most
Just remember to confront us and say:
“I’m right and you’re wrong”

Well hello Solomon Greene God knows where you have been
Let the sun beat down you’ve made it Mr Greene
Say hello it’s the least you could do there’s a line between false and true
Let the sun beat down to guide you in between oh Mr Greene

We saw life through a goldfish bowl
Hoping love would pull us through
Took every chance to ease the pain
We never ever had a clue

Now we wonder where you been and how you are
You left out in the cold
Is that you in that magazine?
How d’you get away with all that gold?

Well hello Solomon Greene God knows where you have been
Let the sun beat down you’ve made it in between
Say hello it’s the least you could do there’s a line between false and true
Let the sun beat down to guide you in between

Would it help to laugh would it help to cry
Would it help to feel no pain
Guess it’s time to stop guess it’s time stall
Or simply turn around
If there’s an easy way out it sure is hard to find
When you’ve got too much time
Hello hello hello (Mr Greene)

Say a prayer for the common man say a prayer for me x 2

And if we find out that the things that you said
Are the very things we wanted the most
Just remember to correct us and say:
“I’m right and you’re wrong”

Well hello Solomon Greene God knows where you have been
Let the sun beat down guess you’ve made it in between
Say goodbye it’s the least you could do there’s a line between false and true
Let the sun beat down to guide you let the sun beat down to remind you
Let the sun beat down till they find you in between oh Headmaster Greene

Jaded

Written By: Andreas Karlegård

Jaded

My generation is done with waiting
and standing in line
We want the world, and we want it now
We're in a hurry to right the wrong
you've done in your life
We're taking off, you'll be left behind

Yeah, it's late
But it's not too late
I see our station coming up ahead

We're not jaded
We go crazy everyday
We're not jaded
We just want a different way
We're not jaded
If we're one thing we are right
We're gold plated diamonds in the rough
Oh isn't life tough

We're tired of standing here on the outside
trying to make sense
of all the crap you filled us with
Thank you for nothing, have a nice day
we'll be taking over now
Your plate is full, mine is empty
that'll have to change

Yeah, it's late
But it's not too late
I see our station coming up ahead

We're not jaded
We go crazy everyday
We're not jaded
We just want a different way
We're not jaded
If we're one thing we are right
We're gold plated diamonds in the rough
Oh isn't life tough

We're not jaded
We go crazy everyday
We're not jaded
We just want a different way
We're not jaded
If we're one thing we are right
We're gold plated diamonds in the rough
Oh isn't life tough

You Should Know Better

Written By: Andreas Karlegård

You Should Know Better

I don't want to see you heading down a one way
I don't want to see you make the same mistakes I've made
Girl, what are you thinking?

I don't want to hear about your adventures
Even though you think you're streetwise and never get hurt
It makes no difference

Stop, this is your wake-up call
You know you're gonna stand or fall
with the choices that you make

So don't go wasting all your time
spending all you've got in the wrong place
Don't throw it all away
Hear me when I say
You should know better
You should know better
This might be your one shot
Whether you like it or not this is what you've got
And you should know better

I don't want to hear all about your stories
I don't want to know what you did, or who did what,
or if it happened last night
I don't want to see you heading down a one way
I don't want to see you make the same mistakes I've made
Girl, what are you thinking?

Stop, this is your wake-up call
You know you're gonna stand or fall
with the choices that you make

So don't go wasting all your time
spending all you've got in the wrong place
Don't throw it all away
Hear me when I say
You should know better
You should know better
This might be your one shot
Whether you like it or not this is what you've got
And you should know better

You should know better.....

So don't go wasting all your time
spending all you've got in the wrong place
Don't throw it all away
Hear me when I say
You should know better
You should know better
This might be your one shot
Whether you like it or not this is what you've got
And you should know better

Nothing's Really There

Written By: Andreas Karlegård

Nothing's Really There

In the shadows of my room
a pair of eyes are glowing staring back at me

What's that thing hiding under my bed
waiting to come and take me when I sleep
Nothing's really there

Nothing's really there
It's just the shadows playing tricks with my head

Nothing's really there
I'm not afraid, it's just an illusion
And I'm invisible tonight
Nothing's really there
If I close my eyes it might go away
And I'm invisible tonight

Bedtime stories about wolves in sheeps clothing
and a little girl in a hood so red
And every night I know the bad bad monster's
gonna come to rear its ugly head

Nothing's really there
Nothing's really there
It's just the shadows playing tricks with my head

Nothing's really there
I'm not afraid, it's just an illusion
And I'm invisible tonight
Nothing's really there
If I close my eyes it might go away
And I'm invisible tonight

Nothing's really there
I'm not afraid, it's just an illusion
And I'm invisible tonight
Nothing's really there
If I close my eyes it might go away
And I'm invisible tonight

Discography

Album- Lights On /Platforma Records/

Single - Fast Line (Tuksums) (8 weeks No 1 in Latvian Radio Charts
http://www.lanet.lv/news/spice/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmhg1nknM9g

Set List

1. You Should Know Better
2. When Love Turns To Pain
3. Lights Out
6. Take Me Alive
7. Nothing`s Really There
8. Just Save Me
9. Jaded
10. Good Morning My Love
11. Feel
12. American Lovebite
13. My Eyes
14. Easy Jet
15. Fast Line
16. Save Me
17. Thru The Night

...and more..
Total time around 1:30:00