Warren Wiebe

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Warren Wiebe
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Background information
Birth name Warren Ray Wiebe
Born (1953-07-18)July 18, 1953
Origin San Diego, California, U.S.
Died October 25, 1998(1998-10-25) (aged 45)
Genres Adult contemporary
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
Years active 1968–1998
Associated acts Celine Dion, David Foster, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Gloria Estefan, Bill Champlin, Zosia Karbowiak
Website WarrenWiebe.com

Warren Wiebe (July 18, 1953 – October 25, 1998) was an American vocalist and session artist from San Diego.

Career 1987-1998[edit]

After playing bass with several bands, Warren Wiebe was discovered by David Foster and Burt Bacharach in Los Angeles in 1987. He sang the duet "Listen to Me" with Celine Dion for the Listen to Me soundtrack.[1]

He was one of several lead vocalists who contributed to the 1991 charity record "Voices That Care".[2]

He was famous for performing the song "Human Touch", a ballad which was used as one of the ending theme songs for the 1996 anime After War Gundam X. The song was one of a very small number of anime theme songs that not only was performed with English lyrics but was composed by non-Japanese songwriters. An avid ice hockey fan, he was also known for his stirring performances of the national anthems prior to Los Angeles Kings games.

He sang many demos for David Foster including "When I Fall in Love" for the film Sleepless in Seattle and when Celine Dion heard his singing she wanted him instead of Clive Griffin to sing on the track.[3] In addition, he sang on the All-4-One hit "I Swear" and did backing vocals for many artists. He was also featured on Foster's 1990 release River of Love;[4] his vocals were on title track "River of Love", "Walk Away", "Is There a Chance", "Living for the Moment", "This Must Be Love" and his 1994 subsequent release Love Lights the World performing vocals on the track "Is There a Chance".

In 1991, "If Not for Love" (written by Foster & Linda Thompson)[5] was part of the One Good Cop soundtrack that featured Michael Keaton and Rene Russo.

On Jay Graydon's Airplay for the Planet, originally released in 1993 by Inside Out Records in Japan, Wiebe would perform two songs: "Roxann" (written by Bill Cantos, Jay Graydon, Valerie Hobel) and "You're Not Alone" (written by Bruce Gaitsch, Janea Chadwick, Janey Clewer, Jay Graydon).[6]

Warren performed "Goodbye" as part of the television soundtrack One Life to Live: The Best of Love in 1994.[7]

He was referred to by Quincy Jones as the "Soulful Rain Man" and was part of Jones' release Q's Jook Joint in 1995 performing a duet with Gloria Estefan on "Is It Love That We're Missing".[8]

The Burt Bacharach collection release, Applause...The Look of Love included Wiebe's duet with Lalah Hathaway called "On My Own".[9]

After battling mental health issues and depression, Wiebe took his own life on October 25, 1998.

Posthumous discography[edit]

Compilation & soundtrack album appearances[edit]

  • The Real Me - Urs Wiesendanger (White Sail Records, 1998; Fast Peak Recordings, 2002; Pink Dogg Records, 2005) - "Another Chance for Love" (duet with Jerrie Lynn)[10]
  • Highest Calling, Visionary (Mt. Tamalpais Records, 1999) - "Anything for You", duet with Bill Champlin[11]
  • Light Mellow AOR-Groovin' & Breezin (Cool Sound Edition, 2000) - "Heart Don't Change My Mind"[12]
  • Camp soundtrack (Decca Records, 2003) - "I Believe in Us"[13]
  • Steve Dorff Original Demos - Warren Wiebe (Contante & Sonante, 2004) - featured Wiebe's vocals on all tracks "A Little Thing Called Life", "And Still Run Out of Time", "I Never Stopped Loving You", "True Love at Last", "Kindred Spirits", "The Echo of Your Whisper", "Every Time You Cross My Mind", "Love's the Silver Lining", "The Wait Was Worth the Angel", "In Love's Name", "I Just Fall in Love Again", "Before We Kiss Tonight Goodbye" and "Somewhere in Time"[14][15]
  • Somebody New - Urs Wiesendanger (Contante & Sonante, 2005) - Wiebe was featured on the title track "Somebody New" with Courtney Blooding and on "Hold Me"[16]
  • Snapshots - Hank Easton (Easton, 2007) - Wiebe featured on "Show Me a Sign"[17]
  • Fly Away - David Foster (Contante & Sonante, 2009) - Wiebe's vocals on "Live Each Day"[18]
  • Highlights & Rarities (Contante & Sonante, 2011) - "A Little Thing Called Life", "Kindred Spirits", "Somewhere in Time" and "My Angel's Voice"[19]
  • Original Demos - Tom Snow featuring Warren Wiebe (Contante & Sonante, 2013) - lead vocals by Wiebe on "Beauty Outside Beauty Within", "It's Not the End of the World", "Time to Be Lovers", "Town of Dreams", "You're Welcome in My Life", "I Must Have Been Blind", "I Can See Forever", "That's What Love Can Do", "We're All in This Together", "Ronnie-O", "Love Has a Mind of Its Own" and "Bridges of the Heart"[20][21]
  • Velvet soundtrack (2013-2016) - "For Your Love" and "Carrie"[22]
  • Original Demos - Gardner & Fuller featuring Warren Wiebe (Contante & Sonante, 2016) - Wiebe's lead vocals on 4 tracks: "17 Years", "Slip Away", "Nothing That I Wouldn't Do" and "This Blue Tattoo"[23]
  • Original Demos - Burt Bacharach & Tonio K (Contante & Sonante, 2017) - one track featuring Wiebe, "Never Take That Chance Again"[24]
  • Walkin' on Air - Tomi Malm (Contante & Sonante, 2017) - "Show Me a Sign" (written by Hank Easton), Wiebe performed a virtual duet with Zosia Karbowiak[25] with Malm on keyboards;[26] other players included Lars-Erik Dahle, Lars Daugaard, Bernt Rune Stray and Eric Marienthal[27]

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist US Hot 100 US AC Album
1991 "Voices That Care" Various 11 6 single only

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1991 "Voices That Care" (Various Artists) David S. Jackson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listen To Me".
  2. ^ "Voices That Care".
  3. ^ "When I Fall In Love w/Celine Dion".
  4. ^ "River of Love".
  5. ^ "If Not For Love".
  6. ^ "Airplay for the Planet".
  7. ^ "Goodbye".
  8. ^ ""Is It Love That We're Making"".
  9. ^ "Bacharach with Wiebe".
  10. ^ "Urs Wiesendanger".
  11. ^ "Anything For You w/Bill Champlin".
  12. ^ "AOR-Groovin' & Breezin'".
  13. ^ "Camp Soundtrack".
  14. ^ "Steve Dorff - Westcoast Music".
  15. ^ "Steve Dorff Original demos".
  16. ^ "Somebody New".
  17. ^ "Show Me a Sign".
  18. ^ "David Foster's Fly Away".
  19. ^ "Highlights & Rarities".
  20. ^ "Tom Snow's Warren Wiebe Collection".
  21. ^ "Tom Snow featuring Warren Wiebe".
  22. ^ "Velvet".
  23. ^ "Gardner & Fuller".
  24. ^ "Burt Bacharach & Tonio K".
  25. ^ "ZoSia Karbowiak Official Website".
  26. ^ "Tomi Malm".
  27. ^ "Walkin'On Air".

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