Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 29+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-03-04
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Chicago House pleases with 'The Tease' Chicago House pleases 
with 'The Tease'
Chicago House presented its second annual burlesque event, The Tease, with two ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

Dionne Warwick: In the 'Now'
MUSIC
by Melissa Wasserman
2012-11-28

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Singer and humanitarian are just two of the roles the legendary Dionne Warwick has held throughout her 50 years in the music industry—and she has no intention of ending it there.

The five-time Grammy winner spoke with Windy City Times about her successful career; her new album, Now, which features her older songs along with some new ones; her involvement with the fight against AIDS; and her appearance on TV One's fourth season of Life After.

Windy City Times: You're celebrating 50 years in music. How does that feel? Did you ever dream you'd have this career this long?

Dionne Warwick: Well, not for 50 years, for certain. [Laughs] It's quite an awesome feeling to know that I've been doing what I love to do for the past 50 years. It's wonderful.

WCT: You grew up with a lot of musical influences. Was there any advice that helped you at the start of your career that possibly you still live by?

Dionne Warwick: Basically, my mantra—my grandfather gave to me and I do live by that—[is,] "If you think it, you can do it." I did have the pleasure of being in the presence of the icons of our industry and people like Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.; they all just kind of mentored me. So I guess it kind of rubbed off.

WCT: What was it like working on your new album, Now?

Dionne Warwick: It was wonderful revisiting songs I haven't sung in ages and there were songs that people that I took a poll from decided were their favorite Dionne Warwick recordings.

WCT: How many people did you poll and whom did you ask?

Dionne Warwick: Oh, golly I lost count. [Laughs] It was quite a few. Not only my peers and friends, I asked my doctor and his nurse and just people in the street. So it was quite a few people. It was kind of surprising some of the songs that were chosen.

WCT: Which songs were surprises, in particular?

Dionne Warwick: "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" is something I would have never dreamed would have been a favorite song of most of the people—or "Reach Out for Me." These are songs that were basically hidden.

WCT: Do some of the songs feel brand-new when you revisit them, even after performing them numerous times?

Dionne Warwick: I don't think you could ever get tired of success, can you? So, there's no way in the world I can ever get tired of singing my music. They're my children. You don't get tired of your kids. The newer ones are songs that have been recorded by others apparently that I had never gotten a chance to listen to and also written separate and apart from each other by Burt [Bacharach] and Hal [David]. So, when I requested them to come up with a couple of songs, the two songs that Burt chose and the two that Hal chose, they're the newer ones that are on the CD.

WCT: Any songs you especially enjoyed singing that you wanted on the album—maybe a favorite of yours?

Dionne Warwick: They're all that way. They are all very dear to me. So they're all my favorites. I just want people to know I had a wonderful time recording Now and certainly hope that they'll have an addition to their repertoire of CDs or however they want to download it, or however they want to get it and they'll enjoy it as much as I did.

WCT: What sparked your involvement as a humanitarian, especially with the fight against AIDS?

Dionne Warwick: I think it was basically at the point where we were talking so much about it, that it was time to do something about it. Then losing so many people, especially within our industry, at that time … I'm the inquisitive one; I want to know what's going on and why. So, I decided to take a look at it and talk to some people that could give me some concrete answers, so that's how I got involved with AIDS [research and awareness].

WCT: What are your future hopes for the cause, and are there any further actions you plan to take, in particular?

Dionne Warwick: Certainly! I'm still in the fight against AIDS and I haven't stopped fighting for what we hope will be the ultimate, which is a cure.

WCT: You've featured your life in your autobiography and on TV One's fourth season of the series Life After. How did you decide to put your life out there?

Dionne Warwick: People have their own opinions and they voice them, and apparently most people start believing what are not even half-truths. So I figured: You want to know the real deal, you get it from the person who can give you the absolute answers.

WCT: What is your "life after" moment, and how did things change?

Dionne Warwick: Basically nothing's really changed; I just matured. Again, understanding the role that I'm playing in my lifetime and apparently I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing because it's been successful in every area.

WCT: You just received the Living Legend Award at this year's "Black Girls Rock!" awards show. What does that honor mean to you?

Dionne Warwick: It's very, very humbling to be thought of in that vernacular, first of all. Most importantly to be given this particular reward—I don't call them awards, I call them rewards—for the work I've been doing and especially being given to me by my own is the ultimate.

WCT: After all your experience in the business, are there things that still inspire you?

Dionne Warwick: I still have aspirations of receiving the Oscar, the Emmy and the Tony—and not necessarily in that order. I still have yet to do a great piece of television and a wonderful piece of film and, of course, the ultimate, which would be Broadway. Being in the industry as long as I have, these are the things that have yet to be attained and accomplished.

WCT: Are there newer talents you admire along with some of the older ones who inspired you in the beginning?

Dionne Warwick: I'm not really one that looks at and/or listens to the radio or the MTV shows, basically because they are geared toward the youth of our industry and that's what's dominating it now and rightfully so. It is not what I particularly listen to. It's not for my ears. It's for the younger ears. I listen to my CDs and those CDs of my peers.

Visit www.dionnewarwick.info and www.facebook.com/dionnewarwick for more information.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films 2015-03-04
MUSIC Jimmy Somerville celebrates disco, Bronski Beat past 2015-03-04
Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne 2015-03-03
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Midge Ure talks Moby, Boy George, touring 2015-03-03
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Catching up with Jill Grove and "The Property" 2015-02-25
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Betty Buckley puts out haunting 'Ghostlight' 2015-02-25
Ricky Martin: Beyond the 'Bon Bon' 2015-02-25
Arts news: Harris; Flower & Garden Show; Brave Face Project; Ronnie Kroell 2015-02-25
Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull thrill fans with fast-paced show 2015-02-24
BENT NIGHTS Kaki King; Melk Belly 2015-02-24
BENT NIGHTS Sleater-Kinney; Glitter Creeps 2015-02-24
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age 2015-02-22
HEARTSONGS Picking the right music for your big day 2015-02-18
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE 2015-02-18
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC From Bristol to 'Budapest' with singer George Ezra 2015-02-18
Queer Fest America throws El Rescate benefit 2015-02-18
Upcoming events: Internat'l Women's Dance; gays on 'Hate in America'; Knuckles film 2015-02-18
Upcoming events: NU Pride; women's tourney; SCOTCH bowling 2015-02-18
Manilow, Koz bring 'Magic' to Chicago 2015-02-17
Entertainment news: Ricky Martin; Melissa Manchester; Madonna banned 2015-02-17
Lakeside Pride seeks marching director 2015-02-17
Movie celebrating Frankie Knuckles to shoot in Chicago 2015-02-11
Kim Gordon; MCA trans* forum; Women, Work, and Gender exhibit; Driehaus jewelry 2015-02-11
Upcoming events: Fireball; Oscar event; On the Red Carpet; Rene Marie 2015-02-11
Legendary singer inspires 'Idol' worship at the Riviera 2015-02-10
Music Box gets a new look, addition 2015-02-10
Entertainment: Lance Bass at wedding; Andy Cohen; Lea DeLaria engaged; DGA Awards 2015-02-10
Musician to make debut with 'RuPaul' show at House of Blues 2015-02-10
Sam Smith is star of the Grammys 2015-02-08
Tegan and Sara reteam with Lonely Island for Oscars 2015-02-06
MUSIC Country singer Billy Gilman: On coming out, the road ahead 2015-02-04
Gay Israeli singer's CD campaign ends Feb. 12 2015-02-04
Music and Dance dates: Steve Grand CD; 'Drag Race' tour; Country-western dance 2015-02-04
Steve Grand CD to come out March 24 2015-01-29
MUSIC Mike Maimone and the Mutts set out to impress in 2015 2015-01-28
Coming up in film and music 2015-01-28
Music events: Artemis concert Feb. 6-7; OUTMusic Awards put off 2015-01-28
MUSIC Gwen Stefani: Underneath it all 2015-01-28
Entertainment: Zarley's new CD; Dan Savage project; Kylie Minogue 2015-01-27
Event headlines in dance, music, art 2015-01-27





Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Gay Wheaton College student makes waves
 
AMPA to SCOTUS: Marriage inequality harms military families
 
Latin School teacher devotes entire week to gay history
 
CROI 2015 findings call for bringing PrEP for HIV prevention to scale
 
Military chaplains go anti-LGBT route
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.