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Diane Warren is inarguably one of the most prolific songwriters in the history of modern music. She's penned nine #1 and thirty-two top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She has earned 11 Academy Award nominations, is a Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe
award winner whose songs have been featured in more than 100 motion pictures, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But come early 2021, the music icon will for the first time in her legendary career release her own album, Diane
Warren: The Cave Sessions Vol. 1 (via BMG), further solidifying her position as a cornerstone of modern music.
"I am writing new songs all the time, and I really think I'm writing my best songs right now," said Warren about the new collection which will feature an all-star line-up of talent who will bring her songwriting and storytelling to life, including John Legend, Celine
Dion, Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, LP, and Darius
Rucker whose album cut "Times Like This" drops November 10th as the album's first single.
"A lot of people have done this kind of project—Mark Ronson or Calvin Harris
or DJ Khaled—but no one who is just a songwriter has," says Warren. "So why not me? I thought it would be a chance to work with artists I love and other artists I want to work with, and create a cool body of work that shows the diversity of what I do."
Of the new song featuring Darius
Rucker, Warren says "It's more of a story than I'm used to writing, more of a country song, but it's also more of an anthem, because at times like these we really could all use an angel. I think this song is going to speak to everybody. It gives you hope and it puts you in the fighting spirit." And of Rucker's performance, she said "He has that comfort food voice, and we kind of grew up with him. He loved the song, and when he sent back his vocal, it was fifty times better than I expected. I was jumping around the room, I was so excited."
Rucker says, "Diane is such a legend, so I was absolutely honored when she called saying that she had me in mind for a song. It's one of those things that just being asked to be part of her record -- and especially such a great song like this -- is just amazing. Then to actually go through the process with a legend like her and to see it all come to life has been a really cool experience."
The new track will continue Warren's momentum throughout 2020 that also includes her anthem "The Change" (performed by JoJo) that was released as part of the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris campaign's 'Get Out the Vote' effort. This year her original songs in films include "Free" performed by Charlie Puth
from Disney's The One and Only Ivan and "lo Si (Seen)" performed by Laura
Pausini from Netflix's The Life Ahead starring Sophia
The songs on Diane
Warren: The Cave Sessions Vol. 1 will join a beyond-impressive songwriting resume that includes countless staples of modern music history including "Because You Loved Me
" (Celine Dion), "Can't Fight The Moonlight
" (LeAnn Rimes), "How Do I Live
" (by both LeAnn Rimes
and Trisha Yearwood), "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" (Whitney Houston), "I Learned From The Best
" (Whitney Houston), "Love Can Move Mountains" (Celine Dion), "Can't Take That
Away" (Mariah Carey), "Look Away" (Chicago), "Have You Ever
" (Brandy), "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
" (Aerosmith), and dozens more. The list of legends and icons Warren has written for, from Aretha Franklin
to Willie Nelson
to Cher, is jaw-dropping. But she also continues to work with many of today's most popular acts, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Christina
Aguilera, Snoop Dogg, Kelly
Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Andra Day, Demi Lovato, Common, Janelle Monáe, Zendaya, Emeli Sandé and Mickey Guyton. Her independent spirit has also made her a pioneer in the entertainment business: She is the sole owner of her publishing company Realsongs, the most successful female-owned and -operated business in the music industry.