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Dionne Warwick — She's Back, on Tour with a New Album

by Steve Duffy
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jun 25, 2019
Dionne Warwick in her new video for "What the World Needs Now is Love."
Dionne Warwick in her new video for "What the World Needs Now is Love."  (Source:YouTube Still)

Dionne Warwick has been a pop star since John Kennedy was President, James Bond hit the big screen, and "The Beverly Hillbillies" was the most popular show on television. That was in 1962 when the young songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote and produced her first hit — "Don't Make Me Over." In less than a decade, she released more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, "Walk on By," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Message to Michael," "Promises, Promises," "A House is Not a Home," "Alfie," "I Say a Little Prayer," "This Girl's in Love With You," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Reach Out For Me," and the theme from "Valley of the Dolls." Together, Warwick, Bacharach, and David, accumulated more than 30 hit singles, and close to 20 best-selling albums, during their first decade together.

Warwick continued to release hits over the ensuing decades and has remained a hugely successful concert performer. You can see why this Friday when Warwick comes to The Cabot in Beverly, MA as part of a national tour that continues through the summer. (For more information about the concert, follow this link.)

No doubt expect the hits when she takes to the stage, but also expect cuts from her recently released studio recording "She's Back," which is said to be her first dedicated R&B/soul album in 50 years. The album, produced by her son Damon Elliott, features collaborations with Warwick with Brian McKnight, Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Kenny Lattimore. It features ten-new tracks and five new versions of Warwick classics, including "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and "Déjà Vu."

Warwick also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this past May and has begun her Las Vegas residency this past April.

Over the years, Warwick has supported and campaigned for many causes and charities close to her heart, including AIDS, The Starlight Foundation, children's hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief and music education for which she has been recognized and honored and has raised millions of dollars.

EDGE spoke to the singing legend recently.Dionne Warwick has been a pop star since John Kennedy was President, James Bond hit the big screen, and "The Beverly Hillbillies" was the most popular show on television. That was in 1962 when the young songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote and produced her first hit — "Don't Make Me Over." In less than a decade, she released more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, "Walk on By," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Message to Michael," "Promises, Promises," "A House is Not a Home," "Alfie," "I Say a Little Prayer," "This Girl's in Love With You," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Reach Out For Me," and the theme from "Valley of the Dolls." Together, Warwick, Bacharach and David, accumulated more than 30 hit singles, and close to 20 best-selling albums, during their first decade together.

Warwick continued to release hits over the ensuing decades and has remained a hugely successful concert performer. You can see why this Friday when Warwick comes to The Cabot in Beverly, MA as part of a national tour that continues through the summer. (For more information about the concert, follow this link.)

No doubt expect the hits when she takes to the stage, but also expect cuts from her recently released studio recording "She's Back," which is said to be her first dedicated R&B/soul album in 50 years. The album, produced by her son Damon Elliott, features collaborations with Warwick with Brian McKnight, Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Kenny Lattimore. It features ten-new tracks and five new versions of Warwick classics, including "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and "Déjà Vu."

Warwick also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this past May and has begun her Las Vegas residency this past April.

Over the years, Warwick has supported and campaigned for many causes and charities close to her heart, including AIDS, The Starlight Foundation, children's hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief and music education for which she has been recognized and honored and has raised millions of dollars.

EDGE spoke to the singing legend recently. Dionne Warwick has been a pop star since John Kennedy was President, James Bond hit the big screen, and "The Beverly Hillbillies" was the most popular show on television. That was in 1962 when the young songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote and produced her first hit — "Don't Make Me Over." In less than a decade, she released more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, "Walk on By," "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Message to Michael," "Promises, Promises," "A House is Not a Home," "Alfie," "I Say a Little Prayer," "This Girl's in Love With You," "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," "Reach Out For Me," and the theme from "Valley of the Dolls." Together, Warwick, Bacharach, and David accumulated more than 30 hit singles, and close to 20 best-selling albums, during their first decade together.

Warwick continued to release hits over the ensuing decades and has remained a hugely successful concert performer. You can see why this Friday when Warwick comes to The Cabot in Beverly, MA as part of a national tour that continues through the summer. (For more information about the concert, follow this link.)

No doubt expect the hits when she takes to the stage, but also expect cuts from her recently released studio recording "She's Back," which is said to be her first dedicated R&B/soul album in 50 years. The album, produced by her son Damon Elliott, features collaborations with Warwick with Brian McKnight, Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Kenny Lattimore. It features ten-new tracks and five new versions of Warwick classics, including "What the World Needs Now Is Love" and "Déjà Vu."

Warwick also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this past May and has begun her Las Vegas residency this past April.

Over the years, Warwick has supported and campaigned for many causes and charities close to her heart, including AIDS, The Starlight Foundation, children's hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief and music education for which she has been recognized and honored and has raised millions of dollars.

EDGE spoke to the singing legend recently.


Dionne Warwick in the 1960s  

EDGE: Do you remember the first time you performed in front of an audience?

Dionne Warwick Oh yes! I was about six-years-old and I started singing in church. I had a little bit of stage fright, so I closed my eyes. When I finally opened them and saw all the smiling faces and clapping I was hooked.

EDGE: What can you tell us about your new album, "She's Back?"

Dionne Warwick I am in love with it. It's a double-CD that has some new songs and a few remakes. This album is truly the essence of who I am as a person and a musician.

EDGE: Your son, Damon, produced the album. What was it like working with him?

Dionne Warwick I had a great time working with him. He was able to find the very best sides of me. The only difference working with him was that he called me "mom" and not Dionne.


Favorite song?
Dionne Warwick  

Favorite song?

EDGE: You have a great catalog of songs; do you have a favorite song to perform?

Dionne Warwick That's a hard question to answer. They are all like my children. I don't think I could choose a favorite. Each of them is special because they come from a specific time in my career and life. It is always fun to reflect on a song when I hear it. They each have a special meaning for me.

EDGE: When did your relationship and support with the LGBTQ community begin?

Dionne Warwick It started as a teenager. While singing in my gospel group, our piano player was gay. I believe that everyone desires to be loved and love who they want with no questions asked.

EDGE: What does the support of the LGBTQ community mean to you?

Dionne Warwick I love them and appreciate their loyalty to me and my music.

EDGE: With the state of the music industry today, would you want to start your career today?

Dionne Warwick No! I am thrilled to have started my career when I did. It was a great time to be part of the music industry in the 1960s, that's when music was great.

EDGE: Included in this album is a new version of "What the World Needs Now Is Love." What a perfect time to release this song.

Dionne Warwick We need love in this world more than ever. There is so much hate in the world today that I forget that I am living in the USA. We all need to learn to set aside our differences and work together and create love and respect for each other.

To watch Dionne receive her award tune into PBS this month for "Grammy Salutes the Legends."

For more information on Dionne visit, visit this website; and to purchase tickets to her June 28th concert at the Cabot theatre follow this link.)


Watch Dionne Warwick sing "What the World Needs Now is Love" from her album "She's Back":


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