DIANE DURRETT INTERVIEW


How has the reaction to your latest CD been? 


I think it has put a smile on a lot of listeners’ faces.?I’ve “heard tell” that some had to get up a do a little dance. 


How would you describe your music genre? 


On the Roots Music Report it’s in the genre of Contemporary Blues.?Yet, Genre’s are ever changing.?So, if you like heart-felt booty shaking music you’ll like it. 


What was the first musical experience that really touched you?


As a child, hearing my mother singing in the kitchen while she was cooking or doing stuff. 


Who are your musical and non-musical influences? 


Non-musical influence – Business executive, Susan B. King was one of the few woman on the board of Coca-Cola in the early 1990s. While I was singing in blues clubs, my part-time “side job” was driving a limousine for the board of Coca-Cola. I became her driver when she’d come to Atlanta. She took a personal interest in me and my singing career...gave me a lot of business tips and encouragement. My mother passed away during that time so she kind of took me under her wing. Ms King even wore my band t-shirt to a board meeting one time! She meant a lot to me because she was not only successful but also very genuine. 


Musical Influence - Too many to count! But, The vocal riffs of Aretha Franklin, the earthy tone of Gladys Knight and the sass of Etta James will forever stay in my heart. 


What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money? 


“Mothers Finest” – hearing Joyce Kennedy sing is a must if you’ve never heard her. 


If your city were a song it would be?


Well, Atlanta would be a funky “Soul Stew” 


What's the most unusual place you've ever played a show or made a recording? How did the qualities of that place affect the show/recording? 


The Douglas Theatre in Macon, Georgia had a “‘thang’ on it”. Many of the Blues & Soul Music Greats have performed there. I just felt the vibe all over me. That’s where the photo with my guitar lifted up was taken. Photographer, Bill Thames, captured the moment so well I had to put it on my latest CD and website. 


What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?


California but I would love to perform in Europe.


What can people expect to see at your live performances?


A bunch of people having fun playing music together. 


Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally? 


When I’m singing my song “All Is Well”. I ask others to join in, then I hear their voices raised and it builds and builds, it touches my soul every time. 


Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet? 


One time I saw a TV special where Patti Labelle joined Amy Grant on stage to sing a song. Patti started riffing all over the place, the more Patti sang the more Amy watched Patti sing. I think that might happen to me if I ever had the chance to be on stage with Aretha. I’d just through out a “uuhmmm” or a “well” then just stand there to listen! 


If you weren't singing, what would you be doing? 


I love to sing but I also love to write and produce other artists. So, That’s what I’d continue to do. 


Soul Suga & Diane Durett - Soul Suga & Diane Durrett


Diane Durrett heeft een stem die je gelijk pakt en aanspreekt. Wat een krachtige stem heeft deze zangeres. Op het album 'Soul Suga & Diane Durrett horen we elf prima nummers.

Diana Durrett zingt de muziek vanuit haar ziel en overal horen we de groove in een mix van opzwepende soulvolle zang, zwoele tonen en sterke nummers . 

Diane Durrett zit al sinds de begin jaren negentig in de muziek business en heeft haar sporen al wel verdiend.

Naast zangeres is ze ook een gewaardeerd producente.

Mijn favoriete nummers op het album zijn ' Butters In The Skillet' en ' Bright Side'.

Het album Soul Suga & Diane Durrett is een zeer geslaagd te noemen.