Dionne wishin’ and hopin’ for another hit album

A publicity shot from Dionne Warwick’s 1960s prime
A publicity shot from Dionne Warwick’s 1960s prime

Singing legend Dionne Warwick, who has famously been an outspoken critic of present-day artists, is about to release an album of duets and collaborations with the likes of Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, CeeLo Green, Billy Ray Cyrus, Eric Paslay, Cyndi Lauper, Mya, Ruben Studdard, Phil Driscoll and Ziggy Marley.

The 14-track album, which will also feature Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus; Cyndi Lauper and Dionne’s contemporary, Gladys Knight, is an anthology of her classics, which were almost exclusively written by composer Burt Bacharach and the late lyricist Hal David. The set will be completed with four new numbers.

“I’m thrilled to release a new album with some of today’s greatest singers and songwriters,” says Warwick. “Throughout my career, I’ve always enjoyed creating music through collaboration and this experience has been no different. The fresh energy with these artists, producers and my new label is truly inspiring. I am also very excited to have this project benefit Unite4good, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to unite us all in bringing more good into the world.”

Warwick, whose aunt Emily ‘Cissy’ Houston was Whitney Houston’s mother, is one of the most decorated and successful recording artists of all time with fifty-six singles having reached the BILLBOARD Hot 100, five Grammy Awards, including three songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and millions of records sold world-wide. “Feels So Good”, which is set for a late October release in the US, will be Warwick’s twenty-eighth full length album.