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Dionne Warwock at Sound Board, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2019

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It's been a productive year for Dionne Warwick.

The five-time Grammy Award winner -- who released her first single in 1962 and whose accolades include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this year and two NAACP Image Awards -- released two albums this year. "She's Back," her first new studio set in five years, came out in May, and she's following it "Dionne Warwick & the Voices of Christmas" on Oct. 18.

Raised in gospel and transitioning to pop, Warwick has achieved iconic stature, along with 56 songs that have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 and involvement in the "That's What Friends are For" AIDS charity single. And this year's output shows that even at 78 Warwick has no plans to slow down...

• Warwick says by phone that it was her idea to make "...& the Voices of Christmas," her second holiday album, a duets collection featuring Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Aloe Blacc, Andra Day, John Rich and others. "Christmas happens to be my favorite time of year, and I felt that to get the true Christmas spirit going, having more voices would be a great idea to do. These particular voices truly represent the voices of Christmas, I though. Everybody involved was very much ready to do it with me, and there you go. I think we've come up with an incredible CD."

• Warwick included a new version of her 1965 signature hit "What the World Needs Love is Now" on “She's Back," and she feels its lyrics mean as much, if not more, now than they ever have. "That's something I feel everyone should be singing at this point in time. We're living in a chaotic time and we need love -- we desperately need it. I don't like what's going on with my country or what's going on around the world; Nobody cares about anybody anymore, or seems to want a care. It's like the 60s; It doesn't make sense, so we've got to get a grip. So I hope people start paying attention to those words again, because we need it."

• Warwick says that receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year was "impossible to describe. It was absolutely sensational. Just to have a body of work that's part of the Grammys like that is very special. People first of all remember the songs; They've grown up with these songs I have recorded over the years, and it's wonderful to look at your audience and see smiles and arms on shoulders and hands being held. (The music) has really made a mark on people's lives." A TV special from the ceremony airs Oct. 18 on PBS.

Dionne Warwick performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. $38-$50. 313-237-7711 or soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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