"Good Dog imbues longing and loyalism. It uses the idea of unconditional love and bonding that is often associated with man’s best friend. There is a melancholy air to the song, it mixes somber with sweet, yet it is hopeful. Good Dog stands out from DONAWA’s other most recently released singles as it has a more wholesome and folk , (dare we say country) laden sound to the song and almost harken's back to the sound of Beach Boy's iconic Pet Sounds. Good Dog is thematic, it tells a story, that’s simple, loyal and sweet, just like a Good Dog"
"Born in Cincinnati, Patrick “Donawa” Morris grew up in the small town of Camden, SC. At a young age he took to singing, drums, and eventually songwriting. Creating a band with his brother The Mobros while in high school, they quickly garnered attention from industry executives and producers who worked with the likes of Katy Perry, and were offered their first record contract at the age of eighteen which the brothers ultimately ended up turning down to make their own way touring nationally and learning to record and produce their own music.
The name for his solo project DONAWA was chosen as it holds significance being the maiden name of his mother who came to the states from Trinidad & Tobago in the late 70’s, and is Patrick's middle name. To name the project after his family is a way to carry on the name. Patrick began writing for DONAWA after moving to Chicago in 2015 when he was 21, writing and recording demos on his iPhone at his apartment in Logan Square finding time between multiple side jobs and the touring schedule of The Mobros. Eventually relocating to Charleston, SC where he currently lives. In 2021 Patrick officially began work on his debut EP for DONAWA, taking songs and demos that he compiled over the years and sending them off to friends in the industry to find a match for a recording and producing partner.
Catching up over the pandemic one Saturday on a phone call with his friend and contemporary Jake Cochran of the nationally acclaimed rock duo Illiterate Light, they traded ideas, and Patrick sent him his demos he had recorded via his iPhone, and they quickly set a plan to record at Cochran’s studio in Nashville over the course of 3 days. The majority of the songs for the EP were recorded and produced by Jake Cochran, the idea was to keep the process stream of conscious style, don’t overdue anything and keep it simple and as close to the original bedroom demos Patrick recorded himself as possible.
They actually kept some of the original demo tracks for the final songs as they brought a certain texture and feel with them. Patrick played each instrument on the EP, and every song is written with its own emotion and cadence that quickly captures the listener and keeps them in the moment."