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XPN Fest Recap: &More brings wisdom and soulful energy to the stage

&More | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

&More, the powerhouse duo of Donn T and Chill Moody, took the stage as the sun beat down on day two. As the band got the energy started, R&B singer Donn T slid in with her honeyed vocals singing the intro to their February released debut track “My Own Light.” West Philly emcee Chill Moody made his way to the stage, coming in hot and ready to spit some wisdom, as Donn T put the crowd into a daze. Shortly after, the duo brought in their dreamlike harmonies, performing “Gravity.” Continue reading →

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Chill Moody, Swift Technique and more will play Eagles center Jason Kelce’s “Night of Philly Music” to benefit Make The World Better

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Continuing in the tradition lead by former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin, current Eagles center and Philly icon Jason Kelce is throwing a concert dubbed “A Night of Philly Music” this Saturday at The Ardmore Music Hall. Similar to Barwin’s benefit shows, all of the proceeds will be donated to the Make The World Better Foundation. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: &More

It started as a one-off collaboration. Philly singer-songwriter and author Donn T. was working on a new single called “Clear,” a musical companion to her short story “Time to Soar,” and she needed a rapper to provide a counterpoint to her simmering vocal. Enter Chill Moody, veteran West Philadelphia MC who’s been kicking out some serious jams since 2010. Working together on the cut felt effortless and natural for them — not unexpectedly so, as both artists have spent years cultivating their personal brands, building up their fan bases and running their own record labels. They’re stylistically different, but nevertheless simpatico, and as soon as the track was done, &More was born.   Continue reading →

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XPNFest adds artists incl. Darlingside, Blind Boys of Alabama, Harmony Woods, &More

clockwise from left: Darlingside | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN // Blind Boys of Alabama | photo by Jim Herrington | courtesy of the artist // Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // &More | photo by Dejanaya Spicer | courtesy of the artist

These are exciting times, folks. As if this year’s XPoNential Music Festival lineup wasn’t already stacked enough, today we’re thrilled to announce several more artists that will be joining us this summer on the Camden Waterfront. Continue reading →

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Donn T and Chill Moody’s collaborative project &More debuts with “My Own Light”

&More | via Okayplayer.com

Alternative R&B singer Donn T and well-known Philadelphia based MC Chill Moody have made it official: the two Philly music scene vets will be joining forces under the name &More. The two artists paired up last year on Donn T’s single “Clear,” a track dealing with the metamorphosis of one’s self.

In January, &MORE made its debut at The Roots Jam Session ahead of the 2018 Grammy Awards, establishing their presence in the industry. This month, they released their first debut single “My Own Light,” which you can listen to below. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Donn T

Donn T | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

Donn Thompson Morelli is an author. She’s a theater and film actress. She’s a record label owner, having founded and launched Dtone Victorious records in 2014, on which she’s also a recording artist. She’s a singer and a songwriter who pens her own work and contributes to her husband’s as well, the Philly-by-way-of-New-York guitarist and producer Jake Morelli. She’s a committed multitasker and she doesn’t seem to want to stop.

These days she has her hands in a little bit of everything, from a new dreamscape of a collaboration with Philly rapper Chill Moody and producers Daru Jones and Ray Angry, to work with singer Kuf Knotz, to performing this past Spring in Prince Theater’s premiere of Japanese Azteroids, coming soon to Netflix. Earlier this month, Donn was a panelist and a headlining performer at a Behind The Song launch event, an anthology edited by K.M. Walton to which she contributed as well.

When you meet her, you get an immediate sense of just how busy she makes herself, how involved she is at every level of her artistry. What you notice most of all though is how hard a time she has keeping a lid on her exuberance for all of her many varied forays and interests.

Donn channels a rich family history in the arts, and in particular the arts in Philadelphia, and to spend half an hour asking her about it is to realize just how many more stories she’d have to relate if you only had another few weeks to talk. Raised in West Philly in the ‘70s by parents who were legendary performing artists in their own right, Donn and her brother Ahmir were both exposed from a young age to the power of wordcraft, and both followed their own distinct paths to prolific careers in the performing arts. She now goes by Donn T; her brother by Questlove — he started a band too.

DonnT talks about some of that here, and lays bare her reverence and gratitude for the eclectic influences with which she was imbued by her parents, and for the city that in her mind so uniquely and singularly supports such a variety of artistic style. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Donn T at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Digable Planets at Electric Factory, Erica Corbo at Bourbon & Branch

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Donn T | Photo by John Vettese

Continuing their stacked summer show line-up, Spruce Street Harbor Park welcomes soulful singer/songwriter Donn T to the waterfront tonight. The local musician released her sophomore effort Flight of the Donn T in 2015, the first entry on her own D Tone Victorious label and a great display of electro-R&B. More information for the free concert with Little Strike can be found here. Watch the “Last Breath” Questlove Remix (Donn’s brother) below.

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Listen Donn T’s “Last Breath” remixed by her brother Questlove

Questlove and Donn T | Photo by Shayan Asgharnia | via
Questlove and Donn T | Photo by Shayan Asgharnia | via okayplayer.com

Flight of the Donn is the latest album from R&B singer and songwriter Donn T, who comes from a musically talented family. She’s the granddaughter of Beachy Thompson from the gospel group Dixie Hummingbirds, the daughter of doo-wop and R&B singer Lee Andrews (of Lee Andrews & the Hearts) and Jacqui Andrews (who was a member of Congress Alley with Lee ), and her brother is Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the Roots. Continue reading →

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Love of My Life: The 8th Annual Roots Picnic celebrates a generation of innovative music

The Roots | Photo by John Vettese
The Roots | Photo by John Vettese

Every year, the Roots Picnic inches closer to Philly musical utopia. The pre-summer day fest is curated by local hip-hop heroes The Roots, the self-proclaimed hardest working band in America. True to their own innovative and barrier-breaking approach, the lineup is always a unique, eclectic and interesting trip. The setting and its vibe has historically been a bit rockier, beset by exponentially swelling crowds and typically sweltering heat beating down on the minimally shaded asphalt of Festival Pier.

But the eighth annual installment of the Picnic yesterday, while not perfect, was a tremendously positive event, with major improvements in the layout and organization of the festival and a trimming of the musical fat (for the most part). Continue reading →