f you ever listen to my radio shows (The Mid-Week-Mix-Up on Wednesdays 5-7pm or Soulful Sunday 4-6pm) you’ll know that as much as I love listening to music, I also want to know about the people who write the songs. I’ve written many blogs about the story behind famous songs and now that we are running up to the Love Live Music Song Competition, I’m going to be sharing what I’ve found out about some of the unsung heroes of pop music – the composers.
Diane Warren is a giant in the world of song writing. She has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three consecutive Billboard Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and has been nominated for nine Academy Awards. She has also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the UK she has received an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors
Born in California in 1956, Diane had her first success as a songwriter in 1983 with a song called Solitaire, recorded by Laura Branigan.
A somewhat troublesome child, who ran away from home (only returning because she missed her cat), she began writing songs at the age of 11. Her mother wanted her to learn secretarial skills but Diane’s father encouraged her to follow her passion for music, even buying her a guitar and her own shed to practice in. Celine Dion’s hit song Because You Loved Me was Diane Warren’s tribute to her father for the encouragement he gave her.
She loved listening to the radio and dreamed of performing on the radio herself.
Strangely, for someone who writes such brilliant love songs, Diane has never married and had very few romances. She admits she is quite cynical about relationships, though this never shows in her work!
Although Diane Warren does sometimes create music with other people, she prefers to write alone. She has an office which she doesn’t allow others to enter and says nothing in it has ever been cleaned. She works 12 – 16 hours a day proving that to be successful in this business; you have to put the hours and effort in.
In 2009, Diane co-wrote the United Kingdom's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest with Andrew Lloyd Webber. The entry was called It's My Time and was sung by Jade Ewen.
Here is a short list of some of Diane Warren’s most successful compositions.
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (with Albert Hammond)- Starship
How Do I Live – Leanne Rimes
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
Rhythm of the Night – DeBarge
Don’t Turn Around – Aswad
Only Love Can Hurt Like This – Paloma Faith
Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton
This is For my Girls – Michelle Obama
If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher