Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Diane Durrett
Singer, songwriter, producer Diane Durrett is a board member of the Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, best known for the GRAMMYs. In 2020, during the pandemic with no LIVE shows Diane shifted adding video editing to her technical skills. She produced three music videos for her latest singles ‘Make America Groove’, ‘Good News’ and ‘Blue Water’. This lead to editing, producing and hosting a two part video series for the Producer & Engineer Wing of Recording Academy in 2021 called “In the Mix Studio PROS; Ladies Leading the Way. Her 2018 LIVE album “Diane Durrett & Soul Suga” recorded at Eddie’s Attic was reviewed as “Killer, high octane soul throughout” and rose to #5 on the Soul Blues International RMR. In 2017 she was a Global Peace Song Award winner for ‘The River Sings’ co-written with Melissa Junebug. Winner of the 2015 ‘Peoples Choice Award’ by the Atlanta Blues Society, as well as awarded the ‘Best Self-Produced Album’. “Soul Suga’ & Diane Durrett” received national & international attention charting in the Top 10 of the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues chart. During the last six years, Diane has joined music leaders across the country to advocate for creator rights in Georgia and with Grammys on the Hill in Washington, D.C. resulting in the passing of the Music Modernization Act.
With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones, and strong original songs Durrett has sung with Sting, Gregg Allman, The Indigo Girls, and Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones). Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, KoKo Taylor, Tinsley Ellis, Delbert McClinton, and Derek Trucks. As well as lending her vocals to recording sessions for GRAMMY award winning producer Brendan O’Brien and Kristian Bush (Sugarland).
Durrett has long reflected the musical passions that inspired her while growing up in Atlanta, Georgia. From her energy-driven breakthrough debut 50,000 Volts of Soul (1993) to her superbly executed Rhythm of Life (1998) to her acoustic soul CHILL (2004), to the LIVE, Georgia On the Groove (2007), the groovy Blame It On My DNA (2009) produced by Ike Stubblefield to her holiday album Georgia Christmas (2012) to her release where she joined forces with GRAMMY award winning drummer Yonrico Scott and Melissa Junebug on Soul Suga’ (2015) to her soulful remake of the chart topping song “The Rose” (2017) co-produced with Thom ‘T.K .’ Kidd to her electrifying LIVE album recorded at Eddie’s Attic, Diane Durrett & Soul Suga (2018) to her holiday single “Another Ride Around the Sun” (2019) to 2020 pre-album release singles “Blue Water”, “Good News” and “Make America Groove”. Full album “Put A Lid On It” out September 24th.
Diane’s song catalog includes co-writes with William Bell (Born Under A Bad Sign) Jerry Ragovoy (Piece of My Heart), Oliver Wood (One Drop of Truth), Emily Sailers (Galileo) and Bonnie Bramlett (Superstar). In 2011 Diane began her artist development company Blooming Tunes Music, coaching vocalists, songwriters, and producing records. In true writer’s spirit, Diane also authored a book titled “Driving Music City”, which was published by Amazon in 2009. She sings from her soul and writes with heart & humor.