Diane Warren at 2009 Pop Conference, Experience Music Project, Seattle
|Birth name||Diane Eve Warren|
September 7, 1956 |
Van Nuys, California, United States
|Genres||Pop, country, rock, R&B, soul|
|Associated acts||Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, Aerosmith, Céline Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Nina Girado, Beyoncé, Faith Hill, Michael Bolton, Westlife, LeAnn Rimes, All-4-One, Trisha Yearwood, Bon Jovi, Aaliyah|
Diane Eve Warren (born September 7, 1956) is an American songwriter. Her songs have received seven Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, including one win, and twelve Grammy Award nominations, including one win. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Her success in the US has been paralleled in the UK, where she has been rated the third most successful female artist. Peter Reichardt, former Chairman of EMI Music Publishing UK, commented; "She's the most important songwriter in the world."
She was the first songwriter in the history of Billboard to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time. Warren owns a publishing company, Realsongs, which gives her control over her compositions. Meanwhile, her songs have been featured in more than 70 films or television shows.
Warren was born to David, an insurance salesman, and Flora Warren, as the youngest of three girls, in the Los Angeles community of Van Nuys, where she said she felt misunderstood and "alienated" as a Jewish kid growing up. "Warren" was originally "Wolfberg" but her father changed the name because it sounded too Jewish. She says she was rebellious as a child and told NPR's Scott Simon that she got into trouble and ran away as a teen but returned because she missed her cat. As a child, she loved listening to the radio and dreamed of performing on the radio herself. She was also influenced by music through her parents and her two older sisters who would play music. She began writing music when she was 11 but took a more serious approach at 14, commenting "music saved me." Warren has said that her mother asked her to give up her dream of a songwriting career and take a secretarial job. However, her father continued to believe in her and encouraged her. In addition, he bought her a 12-string guitar and a metal shed for her to practice and took her to music auditions. She wrote the song "Because You Loved Me" as a tribute to her father for his encouragement. She briefly attended college at Los Angeles Pierce College and California State University, Northridge but considered it a waste and spent more of her time writing songs while attending.
She's actually more like the Emily Dickinson of Pop. As in the case of the great nineteenth-century reclusive New England poet known for her simple yet eloquent verses, Warren leads a life focused almost entirely on her art.
The original name for her publishing company, Realsongs, was "Warren Piece" because "War and Peace" was already taken. In 1998, Realsongs and its international partner, EMI Music Publishing, distributed "A Passion For Music," a six-CD box set that showcased her music. EMI Music's London office assisted in distributing 1,200 copies of the box set primarily to the film and television industry for consideration in soundtracks and other commercial endeavors. It was not marketed to consumers. As of 2011, her music has appeared in the soundtracks over 60 films. She was awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" is a song performed by American rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 film Armageddon. Written by Diane Warren, the song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (a first for the band after 28 years together). The song stayed at number one for four weeks from September 5 to 26, 1998. The song also stayed at number 1 for several weeks in several other countries. In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number four in November 1998, becoming Aerosmith's highest charting song in the UK to date.
The Diane Warren Foundation, in conjunction with the ASCAP Foundation and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation created a joint initiative, beginning in 2000, called Music in the Schools. The initiative provides sheet music, band arrangements, folios, and method books to each of the schools that are already recipients of musical instruments from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
In 2004 she released a compilation album of love songs, titled Diane Warren Presents Love Songs, which includes several of her award-winning hits.
She continues to write hit songs for and with artists of all mainstream genres, including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Aaliyah, Elton John, Cher, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Roy Orbison, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, 'N Sync, Gloria Estefan, Reba McEntire, Enrique Iglesias, RBD, Aerosmith, The Cult, KISS, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Meat Loaf, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Exposé, Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer, LeAnn Rimes, and so on, producing some of the songs as well. Her songs have been covered by artists including Joe Cocker, Weezer, Edwin McCain, Milli Vanilli, Mark Chesnutt, and so on.
Also in 2009, she co-wrote the United Kingdom's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest with Andrew Lloyd Webber the song "It's My Time". It was sung by Jade Ewen and achieved 5th place, the best for the UK since 2002.
In 2010, Warren partnered with Avon Products as a celebrity judge for Avon Voices, Avon's first ever global online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women. For the competition, Warren wrote a special anthem which was recorded by the finalists and produced by Humberto Gatica. Diane Warren has been recognized six times ASCAP Songwriter of the Year and four times Billboard’s Songwriter of the Year.
Warren has never married and does not think of herself as a person of commitment. In interviews, she has stated a belief that her lack of a romantic life makes her more peculiar as a songwriter. She had a relationship with producer/songwriter Guy Roche which ended in 1992 and claims she has not had another relationship since, commenting "I've never been in love like in my songs. I'm not like normal people. I'm no good at relationships. I draw drama to me — it's the Jew in me". Although she considers herself to be cynical regarding romance, she does not let this affect her songwriting and prefers to write alone, commenting "When I write with other people the experience is different. You have to compromise, which I have problems with. I'd rather listen to my own mind". She is known for her lasting friendships, however, including visiting friends in the hospital after they've given birth; she fondly remembers doing so in 1989, and often wonders where that little girl is now.
In a 2000 interview, she explained that she never let go of music despite experiencing rejections, depression and poverty. In 1994, her house was damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake causing her to be miserable and homeless and moving to different shelters. She has stated that therapy helped her with songwriting. She has also revealed that she works 12–16 hours a day, always takes her keyboard whenever she travels and is self-proclaimed as more active than when she was twenty years old.
She does not allow anyone into her Hollywood Hills office which she describes as a "cluttered, airless room...nothing has been moved or cleaned for 17 years because she is superstitious" and prefers to think of that room as her "secret world". In that room, she records melodies with a tape recorder in which she plays them again and chooses the songs she likes the most. Her mother has expressed concern that she is too engulfed by her work, saying "she's always, constantly thinking of a song", and urges her to think about starting a family.
- "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"- 60th Academy Awards (nominated)
- "Because You Loved Me"- 69th Academy Awards (nominated)
- "How Do I Live"- 70th Academy Awards (nominated)
- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"- 71st Academy Awards (nominated)
- "Music of My Heart"- 72nd Academy Awards (nominated)
- "There You'll Be"- 74th Academy Awards (nominated)
- "Grateful"- 87th Academy Awards (nominated)
- Pop Songwriter of the Year (1990) -
- Pop Songwriter of the Year (1991) -
- Pop Songwriter of the Year (1993) -
- Pop Songwriter of the Year (1998) - for "Because You Loved Me" (Céline Dion), "For You I Will" (Monica), "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood), and "Un-Break My Heart" (Toni Braxton)
- Pop Songwriter of the Year (1999) - for "Because You Loved Me" (Céline Dion), "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood), "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith), and "Un-Break My Heart" (Toni Braxton)
- Country Songwriter of the Year (2000) - for "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Mark Chesnutt) and "I'll Still Love You More" (Trisha Yearwood)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
- "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" (nominated)
- "Do You Feel Me" (nominated)
- "There You'll Be" (nominated)
- "Music of My Heart" (WIN)
Golden Globe Awards
- "Rhythm of the Night"- 44th Golden Globe Awards (nominated)
- "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"- 46th Golden Globe Awards (nominated)
- "Because You Loved Me"- 54th Golden Globe Awards (nominated)
- "There You'll Be"- 59th Golden Globe Awards (nominated)
- "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"- 68th Golden Globe Awards (WIN)
- "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (nominated)
- "Because You Loved Me" - 39th Grammy Awards (WIN)
- "How Do I Live" (nominated)
- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (nominated)
- "Music of My Heart" (nominated)
- "There You'll Be" (nominated)
- "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" - 54th Grammy Awards (nominated)
- "Born To Be Somebody" - 54th Grammy Awards (nominated)
- "Silver Lining (Crazy Bout You)" - 56th Grammy Awards (nominated)
- "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" (WIN)
- "Do You Feel Me" (nominated)
- "There You'll Be" (nominated)
- "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (WIN)
Other awards and honors
- Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Frederick Loewe Music Award (2011)
- Women in Film Crystal Award along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Jennifer Lopez (1996)
- Hollywood Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting (2001)
- Billboard Music Award Songwriter of Year (1997, 1998, 1999)
- The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard’s Inaugural Film & TV Music Career Achievement Award (2008)
- Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2001)
- Songwriters Hall of Fame (2001)
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