'Donny & Marie,' the first album the famed siblings have recorded together in 30 years, made an impressive debut this week on the Country charts.
"It's exciting," Donny tells The Boot. "[It's] No. 7 on the country chart, No. 30 on the pop chart, No. 1 on the folk chart. That's the highest ranking for any Donny and Marie album in our entire career."
Though Donny enjoyed tremendous success on the pop charts in the '70s and a comeback in the '80s with the hits 'Soldier of Love' and 'Sacred Emotion,' this is his first foray into country music.
Marie, however, is a country vet having scored her first No.1 country hit at 13 years old with 'Paper Roses.' Marie continued as a hitmaker in the '80s, topping the country charts with solo hits such as 'There's No Stopping Your Heart' and duets with Dan Seals ('Meet Me in Montana') and Paul Overstreet ('You're Still New to Me').
The album includes songs by a diverse mix of writers, including Richie Sambora, Gavin DeGraw, Carole King, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Richard Marx and such country tunesmiths as Susan Longacre, Walt Aldridge, Gary Baker and Frank Myers. Gary and Frank penned 'I Swear,' which was previously a country hit for John Michael Montgomery and pop/R&B hit for All-4-One.
The first single, 'The Good Life,' is current gaining traction at country radio. "It just made sense because Marie and I are definitely now living the good life," says Donny. "Six years is an amazingly long career now days let alone 48 years. We are loving this wave that we're riding. It definitely is the good life, so from that point of view it made a lot of sense, and it's a radio-friendly song. It's a feel good song."