If you are no stranger to YouTube then you have first-hand knowledge of the musical talent of Phatfffat or Dondria Nicole Fields. The R&B singer-songwriter was discovered by Jermaine Dupree from YouTube. Dondria uploaded video of herself, daily, singing her rendition of chart-topping songs including “Love” by Musiq Soulchild, “Listen” by Beyonce, and “Are You That Somebody” by Aaliyah just to name a few. She received lots of feedback and a large following on the site. Viewers would even make requests of what songs she should cover next. One day, she received a call from JD and thought it was a prank. She ignored it.
After receiving several more calls and messages via YouTube, she finally decided to speak with the person claiming to be JD and sure enough, he was legit. From there she and the super producer scheduled a date to meet and talk and the rest is history. In 2008 she recorded the single “Can’t Stop”, written by label-mate Chrisette Michele. Earlier this year she released “You’re The One” and it became an immediate hit on 92Q. The video was voted #1 on 106 & Park. She urged fans to look out for her next single “Shawty Wus Up”.
On August 3, she plans to release her album Dondria vs. Phatfffat. The artist said that the title represents her journey from an unsigned girl who loved to sing as a hobbie to a young and rising r&b artist making timeless music. “My music on this album is bringing back that good ol’ r&b music from the 90’s,” she said. Dondria was a pleasure to interview and more importantly is a breath of fresh air to true lovers of timeless r&b soulful music. Well we definitely look forward to what’s next. Make sure you cop Dondria vs. Phatfffat on August 3.
Check out my interview with Dondria here where she reveals her local crush and much more. I also posted some of her uploads from YouTube prior to being signed and her latest single “You’re The One”.