Dionne Warwicks career has been no less than phenomenal. A steady stream of hits, spanning over three decades, has made her one of the most respected and recognizable figures in music today. Dionnes repertoire of talents continues to distinguish her as an international superstar.
Always embracing new challenges and expanding her creative horizons, Dionne pours her energies into a multitude of professional and philanthropic endeavors. Recent projects include recording an album of Brazilian songs, the release of her "Friends Can Be Lovers" album, and a concert tour. In addition, Dionne co-hosted and notably co-produced a two-hour television special. Business ventures in the world of interior design along with on-going contributions to several charitable organizations exemplify the depth of the individual.
Dionne has described the recently released Brazilian album, Aquarella Do Brazil, as a "labor of love". Her distinctive vocals add texture and warmth to the fresh sound of Brazilian/African harmonies and contemporary pop material. Recording songs in Portuguese and penning the lyrics to several compositions underscores the breadth of her musical versatility. The talents of Burt Bacharach and other acclaimed artists and arrangers have also contributed to the project.
The recent "Friends Can Be Lovers" album features the first song in 17 years written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David especially for Dionne. The long awaited duet with cousin Whitney, written for her by her son David Elliot, as well as writing contributions from Sting and so many others, make this album very special to Dionne.
While studying at Hart College of Music, Dionne, her sister Dee Dee, Myrna Utley, and Carole Slade did background sessions in New York pop and R&B studios. While recording on the Drifters song "Mexican Divorce" Dionnes voice and star presence were noticed by the then relatively unknown composer Burt Bacharach. This fortunate meeting marked the ascension to stardom for both singer and songwriter. Dionne was signed to Specter Records in 1962 as a solo vocalist with her debut chart busting single "Dont Make Me Over written and produced by Bacharach and Hal David.
Throughout the next several years, this partnership produced a breath-taking array of smash hits including: "Anyone Who Had A Heart," "Walk On By," "Message To Michael," "Promise Promises" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose," which earned her Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Female at the 11th Annual Grammy Awards.
Acclaimed internationally Dionne was personally introduced at the Olympic Theatre in Paris by Marlene Dietrich. Additional recognition came when she was named top selling female vocalist of the year by NARM and named R&B singer of 1964 by Music Trade Magazine. Dionne was one f he few artists credited for crossing over categorical boundaries of Pop, R&B, and Gospel. She was known as the artist that "bridged the gap."
Having already sold more than 12 million records, Dionne continued to captivate audiences with more hit songs such as "Train and Boats and Planes" (theme song from Valley Of The Dolls) "Alfie," "This Girls In Love With You," "I Say A Little Pray," and "Ill Never Fall In Love again," capturing Dionne her Grammy for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Female at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards.