Weekend Saturday Pick
Saturday 3/16/2019 7:00 PM
Last weekend Donna Missal was in Phoenix, AZ and this weekend she continues her This Time Tour at Houston's HOB. Missal has been around the music business for a long time and now, it seems Missal is earning national celebrity status. In her bio it says her father was a musician and songwriter who ran a recording studio in New York City in the '80s, while her grandmother was also a songwriter in the '40s.
This weekend Missal will be performing in Houston-HOB's Bronze Peacock room with a prom theme, "I was homeschooled. I never had a school dance or a picture day or a graduation. THIS TIME TOUR is your invitation to the winter and spring formal I never had."
In a recent interview with Forbes.com Missal told the online magazine's contributor, Monica Mercuri how she got into her music, "I joined a band in high school, played around NYC and started to meet producers. I’ve been submersed in all different aspects of music, performing and writing since I was super young. It’s always felt like this thing that I’m supposed to be doing. I was bartending and living in NYC and I wanted to be a professional musician, but I didn’t know how. At that time, I didn’t necessarily think I was capable of being an artist, especially as a career.
"I’ve been submersed in all
different aspects of music,
performing and writing
since I was super young."
I really wanted to write music for other people. It was years of that and singing demos for a couple hundred dollars here and there and doing everything I could to be a writer. I wasn’t getting anywhere, so I decided to put out a demo of a song that I had written during that time. I thought maybe this would help me get someone who wanted to sing my songs. It started my career as an artist, and I’ve been sort of in constant pursuit of that ever since."
Missal also told Mercuri, "she uses her music as an outlet to voice awareness, shift culture and change the societal conversations around beauty and sexuality, reflecting on her own past experiences.
In her music video for “Jupiter” (see below) — which was self-directed by Missal to prove that she could do it on her own — revolves around a wallflower-type character who was rejected in school and didn’t fit in, but then decided they were going to accept and free themselves. “I remember when I felt that way. I wanted it to feel nostalgic and back to their hometown where they felt that for the first time.”
Missal some music critics and journalist say is a digital artists, where their work moves onto the internet and receives recognition by the thousands. Missal's team has dropped digital singles that were embraced by listeners, including "Sick" and "The Keeper," both released in 2016, eventually she landed bookings at several major music festivals, including Riot Fest and Bumbershoot.
Last weekend Missal performed at the Flying Burrito Festival in Phoenix, AZ.