In the heartland of musical creativity that is Texas, few artists encapsulate the soulful essence of the Lone Star State quite like Donice Morace. With a distinctive blend of country melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Morace has carved out a unique niche within the country music scene. In an exclusive interview with Teen Music Insider, we delve deep into the life and artistry of this country riser. From the honky-tonk bars that nurtured his talent to the stories and inspiration behind his latest album, This Life I Love, Donice Morace is the true embodiment of the spirit of Texas through his music.
1. Congrats on the release of your album! Can you share a bit of the backstory behind the project?
Thank you! On this project, I really wanted to bring our live show to the studio. There’s nothing like some good, honky-tonk music.
2. What message do you hope fans gain from your music?
It may not sound like everything else on the radio these days, but fiddle and steel guitar belong in country music.
3. What drew you into songwriting?
I think being around incredible songwriters inspired me. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have guys like Trent Willmon, Mark Nesler and Tony Martin to write with from the beginning. Those guys really know how to get their point across in the most clever of ways.
4. Who are your greatest musical inspirations?
There’s a bunch. Jones, Haggard, Whitley, Conway, Strait, Chesnutt, and Byrd. They all had a hand in shaping my style.
5. If you could duet with any artist, who would it be and why?
Man, I’d love to do a duet with Cody Johnson. He’s one of the new guys that are keeping it country.
6. What is the “story behind the song” of the song & video for “Wait Til I’m Gone”?
I was writing with Mark Nesler one day, and he pitched me this song, “Wait Til I’m Gone.” It had “hit” written all over it from the lyrics to the chord progressions. We thought it would be a cool way to finish our trilogy video series, telling the story of a typical couple and the highs and lows they go through.
Can you share with us a little about your song writing process – what inspires you to write a new song?
Sometimes, it’s just a great hook line, but most of the time it’s a guitar riff and groove. Most of my ideas for songs come from listening to our guitar player noodle around at soundcheck. LOL
What are your musical plans for the rest of the year?
We’re already writing and putting together songs for the next album. I plan on being in the studio within the next month to start the recording process.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists or creators?
I’d give the same advice I once heard Loretta Lynn give. “Be one of 3 things: be the first, be the best or be different.” Take inspiration from a bunch of people you like to make your style. Never try to imitate any one person.
For tour dates and more information visit DoniceMorace.com, and keep up with Donice on social media @donicemoracemusic.