Five-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick is currently celebrating 50 years in the entertainment industry, and recently marked the occasion with the release of her new CD titled "Dionne — Now."
I recently discussed the project with Warwick, who'd returned home in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy following a tour overseas. "Actually, the house is still where I left it, but I have no power," she said. "I've been in a hotel since I got home."
However, even Sandy couldn't dampen Warwick's enthusiasm over her Golden Anniversary. "It's going exceptionally well! It's just been wonderful to know people are still supporting this career after 50 years, and still want to hear me and see me, so it's been very exciting. We've been to three continents already, and we have three more to go," said Warwick, who is scheduled to hit the road again at the end of this month.
"Dionne - Now" is a 12-track disc featuring reinterpretations of Warwick's memorable hits, including the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classics. "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me," "Don't Make Me Over," "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "I Say a Little Prayer." The obvious question is, why did Warwick feel the need to revisit such beloved standards?
"I think it's, first of all, time for some youthful ears to some hear some great songs, but more importantly, I think these particular songs were chosen by people who felt that they loved them," she said. "It was time to bring them into the 21st century, and that's what I think I did. I did a poll, and after tallying up all the titles that they gave me, these were the most prevalent.
"I personally feel that the CD is wonderful, and is something that should be included in the repertoire of CDs that most people have in their homes. I hope that they will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it, and it's something for everybody."
Having logged five decades in the entertainment industry, including an eventful appearance on "Celebrity Apprentice," I asked Warwick, who will be ringing in the New Year onstage in Brazil, what her next personal or artistic challenge might be.
"I never looked at anything as a challenge," she answered. "What I'm enjoying is the fact that people are still very supportive of my career, and come to the shows and enjoying them, and I think that's basically what it's really all about." However, Warwick did concede that there are still certain goals to be achieved and said in conclusion, "There's still the Oscar, the Emmy and the Tony, not necessarily in that order! It would be wonderful to receive those."