The Man Behind The Music


Donnell Russell affectionately known as D'Russ born on November 23, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana. D'Russ matriculated and graduated from the Orleans Parish School System. He later went to college and pursued a degree in music education. D'Russ knew at an early age the God had something special for him to do; that God had placed a special anointing on his life.

Being reared in a Baptist Church, where he reveled in being apart of the mass choir, D'Russ flourished in all his endeavors because he had the heart of Christ; a love for the people. He is a servant of the people. We are "to offer our (your) bodies as a living sacrifice,  holy and pleasing to God." Romans 12:1

D'Russ has sung and worked with many recording groups, choirs and solo artist throughout Louisiana. In October 2005, following the wake of the devastating Hurricane Katrina that shattered the Gulf Coast, D'Russ moved to Memphis, Tennessee and continued his ministry. He began to minister in song with Stellar Award Nominated and recording Artist Darrel Petties and S.I.P. Being apart of such ministries, D'Russ increased his spirit based knowledge. God showed favor upon D'Russ, he was afforded numerous opportunities to sing with countless great recording artist.

Also while living in Memphis D'Russ had the chance to also be apart of Stellar Award Nominated Recording Choir Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith. Being apart of this great ministry has also allowed D'Russ many opportunities to sing, travel and record with various nationally known gospel artist namely Dottie People's, Kevin Davidson, Angela Spivey, Beverly Crawford, Vanessa Bell, Kurt Carr, Shae Norman, Rance Allen, Edwin Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, Pastor Marvin Winans, Pastor Timothy Wright and also lend his voice in the recording of The Tribute to Bishop G.E Patterson.

Despite the anointing and his love to sing,  D'Russ knew that was not all that God had in store for him to do. Seizing every possibility for exposure, D'Russ garned what he learned and utilized it to it's maximal potential; he eventually left the city of Memphis, Tennessee as it was appointed time to branch out and create his own niche as orchestrated by God. Acting upon the vision that was before him, D'Russ accepted his assignment and with great joy, sacrifices, struggles, growing pains, success and failures, D'Russ finally began to fulfill his mission The Rite Note Entertainment which formed in March of 2009.

Under The Rite Nite Entertainment. Donnell birthed DRuss and United Praise Singers, a powerful anointed group that consist of 8 singers. In 2013 they recorded their very first single “Here I Am” and then in 2014 they recorded the Classic Hit song “Hold On Old Soldier”. 

In 2015 Donnell stepped out as an independent gospel solo artist releasing his First single called “Grace” in that song it asks a question “where would I be if it had not been for God’s Grace?”

In 2016 Donnell released his 2nd single called “Holy” this song talks about how amazing God is! He’s currently working on his EP “Life’s Anthem” which will speak to the mind, spirit and heart. In 2017 Donnell released “Victorious” to set the tone for what to expect on the up and coming EP.

Also in 2017 Donnell launched a T Shirt brand called “Free YoSelf” after the passing of his mom Beverly Russell, which is a powerful but simple message to encourage people to “Free YoSelf” from every and anything that may have you bound! The Bible says “ He who the son sets free, is free indeed!”

Donnell’s mission is to create music that will reach the heart of Gods people and bring back music and ministry that will compel them to come to Christ!

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