Diane Scanlon has toured extensively and internationally with some of New York's most respected and sought after players, appearing at such esteemed venues as the Montreux Festival in Switzerland, the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, and the Nassau and New Haven Colosseums. Known for her emotive, blues based playing and soulful lyrics, she is a musician's musician. The poetic, urgent quality of her lyrics fuse with her powerful voice to unfailingly captivate the first-time audience.
Diane was born in White Plains, New York and played her first gig at 13. Her first musical experience was listening to Lena Horne's album Lena on the Blue Side. It was her love of Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and the Beatles that led to her eclectic blues based style of writing. When Diane formed her own band and began touring the East Coast, her lead guitar playing became a trademark which led to the band's sizeable following. It was this exposure that led her to open for bands such as The Jefferson Starship and Jeff Beck at Nassau and New Haven Coliseums. She also toured Europe extensively, which culminated with her debut performance at the Montreux Festival.
Diane's first recording contract involved a collaboration with producer Jacques Morali for Can't Stop Productions. Her single "Romeo" was released on Polydor Records in Europe, which led to touring in France.
As songwriter, Diane has collaborated with fellow musicians as diverse as Eve Nelson, Jeff Bova, Phil Galston, Onaje Gumbs, Greg Smith, Grandmaster Flash, Joy Askew, and Bette Sussman among many others. "Who's Gonna Carry You" was the single on Tramaine Hawkin's CD Higher Ground, a Grammy nominated record in the contemporary Gospel category. In the pop realm, Arista chose "I'll Be Here" as the hit single for the debut release by the band the Tuesdays. Her Grammy Award winning music composed for Penguin Audio Books also runs the gamut from mystery to mysticsm. Diane currently has two songs on Eva Cassidy's CD Songbird which has been #1 on many different charts (such as Billboard's and Amazon's since 1998), and in 2001 went triple platinum in the United Kingdom and sold close to a million units in the United States.
Diane also decided to use her wealth of experience as recording artist, band leader and songwriter, to form her own production company geared toward producing material for up and coming bands. Her most recent projects are Antigone Rising's, Snapshot and Lorrie Wesoly's If I Listen to my Heart.
Diane's first album Devotion was released in 1992 to critical acclaim. She is currently working on her second album.
You can find Devotion at Harmony Ridge Music's website www.hrmusic.com. You can also order it from The Artemis Project, PO Box 528, Planetarium Station, NYC, NY 10024. Enclose a check or money order for $13.99 (made out to Dwyer Hills Music). To expedite your order, please E-mail us, and let us know it is on the way. Thanks!BillboardProfessional Organizations:
"With her self-produced disc Diane Scanlon stakes her claim as a singer and writer on the scene to watch."
New York Newsday
"A spectacular talent... Her singing, guitar and lyrics all bite down hard..."
"...a true artist. It was my pleasure to present her."
Women In Music
American Federation of Musicians/ Local 802
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