The Voice UK star Donel has signed a major US record deal with Warner Records along with a publishing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
The 18-year-old, who was born and raised in Zimbabwe before relocating to the UK, is represented by Modest! Management.
Donel first appeared on The Voice UK aged just 16 and was coached by Will.i.am. He received a handwritten letter from Prince Harry, inviting him to perform for the Queen’s 92nd birthday at The Royal Albert Hall.
He signed the record deal with Warner Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing over Zoom and came after Donel was signed on the spot by Artistry Records founder and CEO Max Gousse following a London session. Aaron Bay-Schuck, CEO and co-chairman, Warner Records said:
Meeting artists for the first time over Zoom is never ideal, but in this case, it was all we needed to see just how amazing and talented Donel was. He lit up the proverbial room with his energetic and charismatic personality and then pressed play on a collection of songs that blew us away. Tom Corson and I, along with the Warner Records family, are thrilled to give Donel a platform to take his music and the afrobeat movement to new heights and equally as excited to do it in partnership with Max Gousse and The Artistry team.
Chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Jon Platt welcomed Donel onto the label and said he was looking forward to working closely with Max, Alessandra, and the Scorpion Media team to further his career as a songwriter.
Donel is working on his first EP for Artistry Records/Warner Records with his next single planned for release later this year.