Dionne Warwick | World Hunger Day 2012
Dionne Warwick has been an incredible supporter of The Hunger Project in recent years and we are proud that she will be joining us again for World Hunger Day 2012 on May 28. Book Tickets | Royal Albert Hall
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Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describes the familiar and legendary voice of the one and only DIONNE WARWICK, who has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick’s career has spanned more than 48 years, establishing her as an international music legend. She has earned more than 60 charted hits and sold over 100 million records. She began singing professionally in 1961, after being discovered by young song writing team Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
She had her first hit in 1962 with “Don’t Make Me Over”. By 1970, she had racked up more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, “Walk On By”, “Anyone Who Had a Heart”, “Message to Michael”, “Promises, Promises”, and “ A House is Not a Home”, “Alfie”, and the theme from “Valley of the Dolls”.
Ms. Warwick received her first Grammy Award in 1968 for her classic ‘’Do You Know the Way to San Jose?’’ and a second Grammy Award in 1970 for the best-selling album ‘’I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”. In 1974 she hit the top of the charts with ‘’Then Came You,’’ a million-selling hit with The Spinners. In 1979, Arista label-mate Barry Manilow produced her first Platinum-selling album, ‘’Dionne,’’ which included the back-to-back hits, ‘’I’ll Never Love This Way Again,’’ and ‘’Déjà vu.’’ Both recordings earned Grammy Awards, making Ms Warwick the first female artist to win the Best Female Pop and Best Female R&B Performance awards.
Ms. Warwick’s 1982 album, ‘’Heartbreaker,’’ co-produced by Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees became an international chart-topper. In 1985, she re-united with producer Burt Bacharach and long-time friends Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Elton John to record the landmark song ‘’That’s What Friends are For,’’ which became a number one hit record around the world and the first recording dedicated to raising awareness and major funds for the AIDS cause, which Ms. Warwick continually supports.
Throughout the 80’and 90’s, Ms. Warwick collaborated with many of her musical peers, including Johnny Matthis, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Kashif and Stevie Wonder. Most recently, she recorded an album of duets, ‘’My Friends and Me,’’ (Concord Records) and a much anticipated Gospel album, ‘’Why We Sing,’’ (Rhino Records). She is currently finishing a new album of the music of the legendary composer Sammy Cahn. Most recently, Ms. Warwick added ‘’author’’ to her list of credits, with a best-selling children’s book, “Say A Little Prayer”.
Throughout the 80’and 90’s, Ms. Warwick collaborated with many of her musical peers, including Johnny Matthis, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Kashif and Stevie Wonder. Most recently, she recorded an album of duets, ‘’My Friends and Me,’’ (Concord Records) and a much anticipated Gospel album, ‘’Why We Sing,’’ (Rhino Records). Her latest critically acclaimed album, ‘Only Trust Your Heart‘, celebrates the music of the legendary composer Sammy Cahn.
Always one to give back, Ms Warwick has supported and campaigned for a number of causes and charities near to her heart, including AIDS, The Starlight Foundation, children’s hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief and music education, for which she has raised millions of dollars. A New Jersey school was named in her honour, The Dionne Warwick Institute in recognition of her support and accomplishments.
Dionne Warwick & World Hunger Day 2011
“When Tim (Holder) first got in touch in 2010 to let me know about the invaluable work that The Hunger Project does around the world, and asked me if I could help him re-launch the charity in the UK, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it all. I’m so thrilled to have been able to support this project’s incredible growth over recent months and am looking forward to joining the team again in London for ‘World Hunger Day – Empowering People. Ending Hunger’ on May 28, 2012.”
“Through my role as Goodwill Ambassador to The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, I know that while emergency famine relief is a necessity in times of crisis, helping mobilize communities to create their own food security and meet their basic needs is vital in securing a sustainable end to hunger. ”
Find out more about World Hunger Day and book your tickets for the Dionne Warwick & Friends at the Royal Albert Hall.
>>>Watch Dionne perform on the Jonathan Ross Show as she launches World Hunger Day.