Singer/songwriter Donna Missal will be performing on February 14th, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the venue Chop Shop in Chicago, the first stop on her first headlining tour. The This Time Tour will showcase songs from Missal’s first full length album by the same title. Using yearbook style photos of the singer on all the posters, the tagline reads as this: “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”. Missal also provided opening act, Samia, who is a 21 year old indie singer/songwriter from New York. There are 20 dates in the tour, traveling to cities like St. Louis, Philly, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston, Denver, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Missal says, “It is so special to go out onstage and sing your songs and people know the lyrics. I don’t think it will ever get old”.
Her music style leans more indie pop but it’s not two dimensional in the least. She’s got a whole lot of soul, as her voice has been compared to the likes of Sia and even Janis Joplin. She has a strong ability to let her voice float between soft, buttery tones and intense growling and belting almost effortlessly. Along with a killer raspy voice, it’s important to Missal to keep her lyrics honest, real, and empowered.
“To know that you made something and it resonated with even one person is really wild, but I love it. I think it’s something that keeps me really motivated to make music and want to continue to put it out there and tour it”, Missal says in an interview with Billboard.
She also said, “I really want to create a interactive, immersive experience with my tour. I will obviously be playing more songs from the record and I really want people to enter into something, have an experience, and leave feeling like their world has been altered a little bit because of the experience they just had”. Missal lists her inspirations as Frank Ocean, Anderson .Paak, Destiny’s Child, Kendrick Lamar, Sharon Van Etten, Christina Aguilera, TLC, Aaliyah, and Lauryn Hill.
The album, This Time, dropped on September 7th of last year. Previously unsigned, this was the first project Missal released under Harvest Records, a label known for housing artists like BANKS, Best Coast, Death Grips, and Glass Animals. The 11 track indie pop/alternative album is a musical journey, providing sounds and words that cater to any and all music lovers alike. Missal says, “This isn’t a record about love and loss and relationships. It’s about taking chances for yourself, figuring out who you are and really standing behind that. I made a point of putting myself out there as a real person navigating this life at this moment in time, because I want to do whatever I can as an artist to help people feel more confident in navigating their own lives. I’d love for the listener to receive the message that you can take your time to learn and love yourself. That’s been the most important discovery that I want to share with this album”.
As far as her first headlining tour, she talks about it excitedly saying, “I made the record for two years and some of the songs on it were written so long ago, so it’s a really cathartic process to package it, put it out and go play it”.
Before this tour, Missal has had a long past of performing with other artists. In July of 2018, she toured with LGBTQ+ singer/songwriter, King Princess, and in October-November of 2018, she went on the road with Sir Sly and Joywave. One of the biggest stages she ever got to perform on was at Key Arena with Macklemore, who she collaborated with for two songs on his album, Gemini. Her first headlining show ever was at The Hi Hat on June 23rd, 2018. Since then, she has played at venues like The Troubadour, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Rough Trade, and Elbo Room. This past January, she made her TV debut performing her song “Keep Lying” on Late Night with Seth Meyers on January 7th, 2019.
Besides Macklemore, Missal has collaborated with many other artists. In December of 2017, she was featured on a track with Rudimental & The Martinez Brothers called “No Fear”. She also cowrote with Leon Bridges on the song “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand”. She wrote a song with Baz Lurhmann called “Power” for Netflix’s original TV show The Get Down. “Power” ended up winning Best Original Song at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Some of her songs are even licensed to appear on TV shows like Easy, House of Lies, and The Vampire Diaries.
Donna Missal was born and raised in New Jersey to a very musically talented family. Her father was a singer, songwriter, drummer, and producer. His mother was also a songwriter in the 40s. Missal’s father owned Shelter Studios, a recording studio in Manhattan, and ran it with her mother in the 80s. Though big city life had its perks, when it finally came time for them to start their family, they moved to the suburbs. There, they had six children. Though being a dad was quite a change from his Manhattan lifestyle, Donna’s father created a home studio by setting up his recording equipment in the basement of their home. Her and her five siblings were singing constantly; in fact, every year her father had all the kids record a Christmas album for her grandparents. She’s been in the studio since she was just four years old. At age ten, her family relocated their home and in order to make friends, Missal joined a local community theater group and acted in plays. It was there that she discovered her love of being on stage.
The theater obsession quickly led to her forming a band, in which she then began writing songs. This new craft led her to make a deal with BMI where she got to cowrite with many other people in the music industry. In 2013, she got to write songs for an independent film, How to Be a Man. Just two years later, she released the demo for a song called “Keep Lying” purely in hopes other artists would want to cover it. When asked about the song, Missal said “That song is about such a personal frustration for me and I think that’s why it’s performed in the style that it is. I was at a point in my life where nothing was happening the way that I wanted it to. I felt like I was in the midst of deception from all angles. I wasn’t getting what I wanted from my career, I wasn’t happy in my personal relationships and I think that frustration, that sentiment really comes through in the way that it’s performed. To me, the song is about absolute frustration with your circumstances”. Little did she know it would go viral and skyrocket her career, gaining over 1.5 million streams at the time. The song about being unhappy with her career may have given her the traction she needed to go on the This Time Tour.
The opening night in Chicago will take place at:
2033 W. North Ave,
Chicago IL 60647
The doors open at 7 p.m. and general admission tickets are $15.
If you’re interested in hearing “Keep Lying” and other hits from her album live, you can purchase tickets here.