VIEWS: The Music of Diane Warren

So who links Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Cher, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith and Lady Gaga?

Her songs have collectively sold over 130,000,000 singles the world over and feature on many of the biggest selling albums of all time. And it’s likely that some of your favourite songs have been written by her.

Her name is Diane Warren, and for over thirty five years she has been writing songs for many of the worlds biggest artists and groups. Songs for movies, TV shows, stage productions and even The Eurovision Song Contest!

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. One of THE defining sounds of the 1980’s and used in the hit film ‘Mannequin’. Written by Diane, it was the first of nine songs (so far) be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Celine Dion‘s “Because You Loved Me” is another of those. Recorded for the film ‘Up Close and Personal’ and included on Dion’s studio album “Falling Into You“, which has sold over 32 million copies to date.

Diane was born in California in 1956. She began writing music at the age of 11, but her mother desperately tried to put a stop to this new fascination. Her father did not and encouraged her to fulfill her ambition. “Because You Loved Me” was written as a tribute to his motivation and inspiration.

Her first hit was Laura Branigan’s “Solitaire” in 1983, which reached No.7 in the US. She formed her own publishing company soon after called RealSongs and later wrote the song “Real Emotion” for Celine Dion’s album “The Colour Of My Love”.

How many of her songs can you name? How many count among your all time favourites? Here are just a few of Diane’s memorable classics:

Belinda Carlisle – “I Get Weak”
Cher – “If I Could Turn Back Time”
LeAnn Rimes/Trisha Yearwood – “How Can I Live?”
Aerosmith – “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”
Toni Braxton – “Unbreak My Heart”
Five Star – “Strong As Steel”
DeBarge – “Rhythm Of The Night”
Meatloaf – “Not A Dry Eye In The House”
Whitney Houston/Enrique Iglesias – “Could I Have This Kiss Forever?
Rod Stewart – “Faith Of The Heart”
Michael Bolton – “How Can We Be Lovers?”

And in 2009, she co-wrote the United Kingdom’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, “It’s My Time”, performed by Jade Ewen. It achieved fifth place overall, the highest for the UK since 2002!

She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2001 and received a Special International Award at the 2008 Ivor Novello Awards in recognition of her ‘outstanding compositions’.

Diane continues to write big hits for many of today’s artists, including Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens To You”, “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” for Paloma Faith and Common’s “Stand Up For Something”, from the film ‘Marshall’.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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