Since the release of "The Colored Section", Donnie has established himself as an important voice in soul music. His new CD, "The Daily News", unveils a disc that touches on a variety of topics plaguing our communities and is delivered in a style only the southern crooner with a velvet voice can produce. Right from the beginning, Donnie pulls no punches with "Impatient People", a dig aimed right at the government for their response to Hurricane Katrina. "Over the Counter Culture" deals with the stranglehold the pharmaceutical companies have over people in this country. One of the great things about this song, as well as the others, is the rhythm section. Veteran musicians such as Al McKay (Earth, Wind, & Fire) and Bobby Watson (Rufus), among others are laying down the grooves throughout each track. A great example of that is "Atlanta Child Murders". Obviously a topic that evokes memories of a tragic period when 22 children were murdered from 1979 -1980, yet the haunting beat and the strong lyrics gives this song the right balance and proves to be an enjoyable listen. As I listened to this disc, it's obvious that this man is filling a huge void in today's soul music. The void being music of substance. Back in the day we had Stevie, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and Marvin (who, by the way was Donnie's cousin) as the voice of the people. With this record, Donnie makes a statement that you can make music that resonates with today's issues and still be funky. I can't say there's a standout song here. Instead the entire disc is simply very good from start to finish. For lovers of soul music, you need this in your collection. Donnie, don't make us wait another four years. Your voice alone is music to our ears.