Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Diane Durrett!
“She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter producer Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. Diane serves on the Atlanta Board of the Recording Academy best known for the Grammys. As part of her service in 2017 she met with senators for the Grammys On the Hill event in D.C. Diane is a 2017 Global Peace Award winner. Winner of the 2015 ‘Peoples Choice Award’ by the Atlanta Blues Society, as a well as awarded the ‘Best Self-Produced Album’ representing Atlanta in the International Blues Challenge. “Soul Suga’ & Diane Durrett” received national & international attention charting in the Top 10 of the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues chart. Durrett’s album was entered into the 58th Grammy Awards as Best Americana Album and Producer of the Year.
With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs Durrett has sung with Sting, The Indigo Girls, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) and Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow). Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, KoKo Taylor, Faith Hill, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, and Derek Trucks. As well as lending her vocals to recording sessions for Grammy award winning producer Brendan O’Brien. Durrett has long reflected the musical passions that inspired her while growing up in Atlanta, GA. From her energy-driven breakthrough debut 50,000 Volts of Soul(1993) to her superbly executed Rhythm of Life (1998) to her acoustically-driven CHILL (2004), to the LIVE CD, Georgia On the Groove (2007), to the groovy Blame It On My DNA (2009) produced by Ike Stubblefield to her holiday CD Georgia Christmas (2012) to her latest release where she joins forces with drummers Yonrico Scott and Junebug Massey on Soul Suga’ (2015) to her epic recording of Grammy award winning song The Rose (2017) co-produced with Thom TK Kidd.
Diane’s song catalogue includes co-writes with Jerry Ragovoy (Piece of My Heart), William Bell (Born Under A Bad Sign), Emily Sailers (Gallileo), Oliver Wood (The Muse), Kristen Hall (Baby Girl) and Bonnie Bramlett (Superstar). In true writer’s spirit, Diane also, authored a book entitled “Driving Music City” published by Amazon in 2009. Durrett started her artist development company Blooming Tunes in 2010. Since then she has produced albums, coached vocalists and provided artist consultation. Diane serves as chair of the City of Pine Lake Arts Panel.
Durrett is a down-to-earth-diva. She sings from her soul, writes with heart & humor. Diane brings her southern wit and charm to every event. She’s pure entertainment!
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