Donna Summer Suits Up With Burgundy
For the first time in her illustrious career, Donna Summer says she is without direction -- and that's a good thing. "There is lots of room for discovery," she tells Billboard.com with a chuckle.For the first time in her illustrious career, Donna Summer says she is without direction -- and that's a good thing. "There is lots of room for discovery," she tells Billboard.com with a chuckle.
However, the singer/songwriter is not without a label, having just signed with Sony BMG imprint Burgundy Records. Summer will work closely with Burgundy executive VP/GM Joe DiMuro and his team. "They will help me to define who I am now," she says. "We must find this out, as I am a lot of things. These days, I am much more socially and politically aware. The world has changed over the past several years. There are levels of the human psyche I'd like to address."
Summer says a new album will be released in 2007, with original songs and, perhaps, a couple of remakes -- possibly including something from Marvin Gaye. In the early '80s, prior to Gaye's untimely death, Summer was preparing to record some duets with him.
"I have always loved his work," Summer notes. "I was listening to his music the other day. His songs are relevant, touching and gripping. A couple of them would make for very timely covers."
Summer is the latest addition to a Burgundy stable that includes America, Chaka Khan and Aaron Neville.