15 17 Oct '24

Diane Warren

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Function: Songwriter WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member

Diane Warren is one of the most continuously prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time. A quick glance at her list of Top 10 Hits reveals a range of musical genres and styles so diverse it's difficult to believe all these songs could have come from the same person; yet, they did. Three decades after she kicked off her career, Diane continues to endlessly pour forth songs that keep climbing to the top of the charts. Diane’s songs have had over 100 top ten hits, are featured in more than 100 motion pictures and have earned her an Emmy win, as well as 10 Academy Award nominations, 5 Golden Globe nominations, and 15 GRAMMY award nominations.

Diane's songwriting talent began to develop when she was a youngster growing up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. "I grew up on Top 40 radio; it's what I was exposed to and what attracted me," she recalls. "I loved listening to my older sisters' records, people like Buddy Holly and the Beatles. But, believe it or not, I was more fascinated by the songwriters: Carole King, Leiber and Stoller, Burt Bacharach. Those were my idols.”

Her parents, however, were divided over her career choice. Diane's mother voiced clear opposition, pointing out the tremendous odds against her in such a competitive field, while her father recognized her potential and offered constant encouragement and support. He bought Diane her first guitar when she was only ten years old. By her early teens, he was taking her to meetings with Los Angeles music publishers. But, it would be a while before the rest of the world would hear Diane's music.

A decade or so later, Warren's talent and persistence finally paid off. In 1983, she began working as a staff writer for Jack White, a producer with singer Laura Branigan. White asked Warren to prepare English lyrics for a French song. Twenty-four hours later, she turned in "Solitaire," which became a Top 10 Hit for Branigan in 1983. Two years later, Warren penned "Rhythm of the Night" for DeBarge, which hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.

Diane currently works with many of today’s most popular acts in music, including: Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Snoop Dogg, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Jennifer Hudson, Andra Day, Keyshia Cole, Demi Lovato, LeAnn Rimes, Common and Jason Derulo among many others.

Diane has also written songs for multiple films including “Silver Lining” performed by Jessie J for the critically acclaimed award-winning film SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK for which Diane was nominated for a Grammy Award, “Get Used To Me” performed by Jessica Mauboy for THE SAPPHIRES and “Unfinished Songs” for the film UNFINISHED SONG performed by Celine Dion. Demi Lovato in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS performed her song “Heart By Heart”: CITY OF BONES. She also wrote “You Got Me” performed by Gavin DeGraw in DOLPHIN TALE 2.

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