Interview With Legendary Artist Dionne Warwick!

Dionne-White TopDionne Warwick embodies staying power. The legendary songstress, philanthropist, author, and entrepreneur has been active in her career for 56+ years. Yes, you read that correctly. She has 56 Billboard hits to her name and has sold beyond 100 million records. The Recording Academy recently awarded her with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Special Merit Awards, which precedes the Grammys. Did we mention Ms. Warwick has 5 Grammys to her name? With nearly 40 studio albums, she will release her newest one, She’s Back, this Spring.

“I’m in love with it, I really am,” Ms. Warwick shared with So Booking Cool about She’s Back, which is produced by her son, longtime producer and singer, Damon Elliot. “I’ve said that about maybe four or five of my projects, and I’ve done many. But this one is very, very special.” The “Walk on By Singer” added that she had a wonderful time recording the LP in the studio and was delighted to collaborate with some of current R&B’s favorites, Musiq Soulchild and Kenny Lattimore.

The lead single from She’s Back is a remake of her classic record “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which will release March 1. Listen to the interview to hear about Ms. Warwick’s motivation for the single; her forthcoming biopic; her thoughts on awards or “rewards” (her terminology); whether she’ll’ write another book; her perspective on artists getting a degree in music, and more! For more information visit Ms. Warwick’s official website.

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Ms. Warwick’s books

Bonus quote from our interview with Ms. Warwick.

 “I don’t call them awards, I call them rewards. It’s what you receive for doing something that merits it. I think anyone who receives an accolade, especially from their peers, it’s a very, very important reward for doing something good.”

Until “What the World Needs Now is Love” is released, enjoy Ms. Warwick performing some of her hits.

Interview With Afro-Pop Singer FATi!

fatiSome people prefer to keep their goals private. Recording artist FATi is one of those people. Despite having musical ties in her family (she is related to jazz singer Senabella aka The Bronzeville Diva and her (FATi) great-grandmother was a respected jazz artist during the 1940s), FATi chose not to disclose her musical aspirations. The reason is simple: she wanted to protect her dreams. “When something is dear to your heart, when you believe that it’s something that God gave you, you have to keep things a secret,” she told So Booking Cool.

“Sometimes you have certain people that talk you out of things and will put little hints your ear, so you’ve got to protect what God gave you. I just wanted things to be a big surprise…and then what if I did say I was coming out with a song and didn’t?”

But things have worked out for FATi and her family is proud. The Liberian-born singer released her debut single “L.O.V.E. Love,” (produced by 2B onthebeat) which has gained momentum on YouTube with nearly 100,000 views; and she continues to thrive in Ghana; she recently had a showcase and is gearing up for another one in the states; her second single “Queen” is slated for release in February, along with her debut EP.

Mr. Angelo Ellerbee, founder and president of Double XXPosure Media Relations, who chatted with us a few months ago, is excited for the world to be introduced to FATi, who he deems one of music’s most exciting young artists of today. “I have no doubt that her music, beauty, and personal style will create a sensation here in the United States, as it has across the African Continent, in no time at all,” the PR guru said.

Listen to the interview to learn about the African songstress, her thoughts on what makes a good artist; artists having a relationship with their fans; her musical influences (Beyoncé, is one of them); her love for African and Caribbean music and more! For more information, visit FATi on social media.