DIANE WARD ALBUMS

DIANE’S COMPLETE CATALOG IS AVAILABLE AT iTUNES

Beautiful Ways
Wonderlight
The Great Impossible
Move
Mirror

PRESS

“As a showcase for everything that makes Diane Ward so special, this record [Beautiful Ways] is a gem that should not escape your attention. It is a triumphant and emotive collection of songs that will answer the question: “Where have all the great singer-songwriters gone?” Before you lament the poor state of popular music, make sure you check out Beautiful Ways to have your faith refreshed and restored!” – KEYBOARD MAGAZINE

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” Beautiful Ways is a fearlessly joyful 10-song collection…” – SUN SENTINEL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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” Beautiful Ways makes the list of Best Local Albums of 2014 – SUN SENTINEL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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“One of the most compelling live performers in Florida Today. Period.” – FOCUS MAGAZINE, Tampa, FL

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 5 independently released, award-winning albums.
  • Voted Best Songwriter, CITY LINK MAGAZINE, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Voted Best Rock Vocalist, MIAMI NEW TIMES, Miami, Florida.
  • From the Wonderlight album, Trampoline Hero single charts #1 on SIRIUS RADIO the Out Q channel.
  • The Great Impossible album has had multiple songs featured independent films and in television. 2 songs are currently featured in the award-winning independent film, Calloused Hands starring Andre Royo (The Wire).

 

About Diane’s music from award-winning, writer & director of Calloused Hands, Jesse Quinones –
“i first came across diane ward’s music 15 years ago as a teenager. i always remember loving how delicately she was able to balance pain and love in a single song. her music hits you right in the gut. when i started developing calloused hands, i was very aware that this was a film that also needed to come from the gut. i listened to diane’s album ‘great impossible’ while i wrote the screenplay to help take me back to that place. according to my itunes i listened to baby look up 160 times. i knew the film would need music like this, that could capture those intense feelings. gratefully diane said yes to allowing us to use both ‘great impossible’ and ‘baby look up’ in the film. the film wouldn’t be the same without it.” – Jesse Quinones

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Diane Ward

Songwriter, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
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People familiar with Diane Ward's long reign as one of Florida's most lauded singer-songwriters aren't that surprised. Year after year, she has been unstoppable and consistent in her craft. As different as all of her 5 albums are, they share the same fastidious dedication to quality... CLICK TO READ MORE
Diane Ward Music


Diane Ward’s new album “Beautiful Ways” is a celebration… in more ways than one.

It seems counter-intuitive that months of chemotherapy – and all that comes with it – would lead to an album called “Beautiful Ways.” It would have made more sense for Diane’s fight against breast cancer during the making of this album to have resulted in a collection of bitter, cynical songs. But “Beautiful Ways” is the opposite: it is vibrant, focused, forward-looking, and soaring.


People familiar with Diane’s long reign as one of Florida’s most lauded singer-songwriters aren’t that surprised. Year after year, she has been unstoppable and consistent in her craft. As different as all of her 5 albums are, they share the same fastidious dedication to quality. Songs that are are both deep and catchy. Lyrics that are personal without being self-serving. Self-examining with humility, not self-absorption.


Ultimately, while it’s the songs that matter most, it helps to have a voice that literally sears into the hearts of her audiences.


Diane’s voice is the Hanzo sword of her genre – a weapon that can at times seem delicate and beautiful – and at other times can incomparably cut through a song. On the title track, “Beautiful Ways”, her voice sounds vital and pure, despite her mild, distinctive rasp. In the chorus of “Satellite”, when she says “damn”, it hits you like a punch.


“Beautiful Ways” – as triumphant as it is – is not without its moments of uncertainty. At the beginning of “Motorcade”, Diane’s voice is soft and inviting as it builds to the refrain “everything will be all right, a change could do us good” – posed as much as a question as a statement. When she sings “smile” in “Georgia Rain”, you can hear she’s not smiling. “Sobering Days” and “Down to the Floor” have the listener swimming in the human condition – observing love and life from the outside.


Sung by another singer, with lesser arrangements, some of these songs might have come across quite a bit darker. But the conviction and authenticity of her delivery, and the ever-building arrangements, give even the darker songs a fighting edge and palpable optimism.


Co-produced and recorded by her longtime guitarist Jack Shawde, masterfully mixed by John Merchant (Mika, Celine Dion, Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, & Lenny Kravitz), and mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering Studios (Nirvana, Madonna, Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Incubus, Nine Inch Nails, Sarah McLachlan, & Rascal Flatts), Diane’s voice is given it’s rightful prominence over textures of guitars, pianos, percussion and even a flugelhorn. The production and sound quality of “Beautiful Ways” are gorgeous.


Throughout her long career, Diane’s songs have been placed in television and films; and have been played on countless radio stations. One song charting at number one & another in the top 10 on Sirius radio. She’s won numerous awards and recognition for her songwriter and vocals. These achievements along with touring throughout the US have built Diane a devoted nationwide following far outside of her hometown of Hollywood, Florida.


As for “Beautiful Ways” the celebration is just starting.


Diane Ward album “Beautiful Ways” produced by Diane Ward and Jack Shawde. Mixed by John Merchant. Available on ITunes and thru Burnside Distribution.

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Jack Shawde

Guitars
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Jack Shawde is one of the Southeast’s most in-demand performing and recording musicians, and producer. In addition to being a craftsman of the electric guitar, nylon string and steel string acoustic guitar, Jack also plays the mandolin, resonator ‘Dobro’ style guitar, lap steel, dulcimer and banjo... CLICK TO READ MORE
Jack Shawde


Jack Shawde is one of the Southeast’s most in-demand performing and recording musicians, and producer. In addition to being a craftsman of the electric guitar, nylon string and steel string acoustic guitar, Jack also plays the mandolin, resonator ‘Dobro’ style guitar, lap steel, dulcimer and banjo.


Throughout his career, Jack has performed, recorded or toured with such legends as Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Richie Havens, Stan Lynch (Tom Petty), Al Cooper (Blood Sweat & Tears), Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. Jack has performed and recorded all over the world, including accompanying Enrique Iglesias at the Latin Grammy Awards, which were televised live to a world-wide audience of 10 million.


The new CD by Diane Ward , titled “Beautiful Ways”, is now available !!! Jack co-produced, recorded & played multiple instruments on “Beautiful Ways”. Mixed by John Merchant (Mika, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, BeeGees) and mastered by Adam Ayan (Carrie Underwood, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters and countless others) at Bob Ludwig’s Gateway Mastering, the CD sounds terrific and is chock full of great Diane Ward songs!! Buy it — you’ll like it !!


Jack also co-produced, recorded & performed on Diane’s previous albums, including ‘Wonderlight’ which was mixed by John Merchant and mastered by legendary mastering guru, Bob Ludwig (Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin). ‘Wonderlight’ received airplay on AAA radio nationally. ‘Trampoline Hero’ was the #1 Single on Sirius OUT Q channel 109. ‘Unloving Game’ was a top 10 single on Sirius OUT Q channel 109.


Prior to ‘Wonderlight,’ Diane released her tour de force album ‘The Great Impossible.’ It was another co-production by Jack & Diane and mastered by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, Aimee Mann). Songs from Diane Ward’s CD ‘The Great Impossible’ were featured in the 2013 independent film, ‘Calloused Hands.’ Previously, MTV took notice of the album and licensed it in its entirety. The producers of the Academy Award nominated film ‘Crash’ featured one of Diane’s songs on the premier episode of their TV series, ‘Angela’s Eyes’ broadcast on the Lifetime Channel & several songs from ‘The Great Impossible’ were also featured in the Award-winning documentary ‘Blindsided’ which aired on HBO.


Jack recently produced and performed on singer-songwriter Jim Wurster’s stunning Americana album entitled, ‘Straight To Me.’


He also appears on several tracks of the new Edison Project CD featuring LA based songwriter, Karma.


Jack co-produced and performed on ‘Treachery, Lust & Misfortune – American Celtic,’ the latest album by the Celtic rock band, The Three Jacks. In 2011, The Three Jacks played a series of benefit concerts to raise money for A Better Life Foundation to help support their wonderful work with disabled kids in one of the world’s poorest countries, Burkina Faso… Click for more info. They recently headed south to Managua, Nicargua and played concerts to raise money for the Fabretto Organization, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children. This followed on the heels their successful fundraising concerts in Peru to raise money for those affected by the 2007 earthquake, and Miami for Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Three Jacks recently performed at Gusman Center in Miami with million selling international pop star Alexander Rybak.


In addition to producing new projects and doing studio session work, Jack continues to play shows all over the country with Diane Ward, The Three Jacks, Magda Hiller, The Shackdaddy’s, Bonefish Johnny, Raiford Starke, Dave Shelly, Omine, Karen Feldner, and many others.


For more about Jack, visit his website at www.jackshawde.com. If you are interested in using Jack’s services, please email him at jack@jackshawde.com, or contact him through Facebook.


Jack would like to thank and acknowledge:

“Much thanks to my good friend Steve Wildey at Glades Guitars for hooking me up with Collings Guitars, and to Collings for making me some fantastic acoustic guitars and a wonderful mandolin. Bill Colling’s work is impeccable and the instruments sound great! Also, a shout out to Cliff at Destroy All Guitars for hooking me up with so much great gear, including my McD and Blue You amps by Indigo Amplification, Glaswerks amps, Carr amps,Welagen amps, Little Walter amps, and Louis Electric amps, as well as wonderful guitars by Dennis Fano, Charles Whitfill and Tom Anderson. And Sage Benado at Benado Effects makes some killer sounding effects pedal boards ! I am honored to be playing such outstanding gear, and thank you for including me in your families !! You make me sound good!!”

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Debbie Duke

Bass Guitars
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Debbie Duke has been one of South Florida’s premier bass players for many years and is known for a versatile and deep pocket. Her unique style mixes swinging grooves with rich melodic counterpoint and she is equally at home playing with singer-songwriters, jam band funk rockers, blues and bluegrass artists and is a master in all styles of rock... CLICK TO READ MORE
Debbie Duke - Bass Guitar


Debbie Duke has been one of South Florida’s premier bass players for many years and is known for a versatile and deep pocket. Her unique style mixes swinging grooves with rich melodic counterpoint and she is equally at home playing with singer-songwriters, jam band funk rockers, blues and bluegrass artists and is a master in all styles of rock.


She is currently an active member of the following bands: Diane Ward Band, The Three Jacks, Teri Catlin Band, Free Radicals Band.


Previous bands: Chris Harford and The Band of Changes, Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, Armando Zuppa Band, Sixo, Robbie Gennet Band, She Said, Rudy, Trophy Wife, Matthew Sabatella, Cassius Clay, Brian Franklin, Zach Ziskin, Funky Blu Roots, Crooked Hat.


She’s appeared on stage with: Nil Lara, Marco Benevento & Joe Russo (Benevento Russo Duo), Dean Ween (Ween, Chris Harford & The Band of Changes), Chris Harford, Jack Shawde (Diane Ward, Enrique Iglesias, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan) , Jack Stamates (Shakira, J-Lo, Celtic Mayhem), Brendan Buckley (Shakira, Damien Rice, Spam All-Stars), Bobby Lee Rodgers (Codetalkers), George Porter Jr. (Meters), Indigo Girls, Kristen Hall, Angela Bowie, Alexander Rybak, Julian Adam Zimmon (Shakira, Spam All-Stars, Iggy Pop, Raw B Jae), Halcyon, Fernando Perdomo (Dreaming In Stereo, Fast Forward Records), Adrian Olivares (Menudo), Alana Chirino (Chirino Sisters), John Yarling, Brother Lou, Fernando Sanchez (Volumen Zero), Ben Peeler (The Mavericks, Wallflowers).


Debbie Duke website: http://www.debbiedukemusic.com

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Bob Taylor

Keyboards
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Bob Taylor is an all-around musician, keyboardist and producer located in South Florida. In demand on stage and in the studio for his mastery of eclectic styles and authentic sound, he has decades of experience performing and recording locally and internationally... CLICK TO READ MORE
Bob Taylor - Keyboards


Bob Taylor is an all-around musician, keyboardist and producer located in South Florida. In demand on stage and in the studio for his mastery of eclectic styles and authentic sound, he has decades of experience performing and recording locally and internationally.


He has backed in concert reggae legends Marcia Griffiths of The I-Threes and foundational guitarist Ernest Ranglin as well as worldbeat popster Buster Poindexter. His command of roots blues, funk and soul music has found Bob playing and recording with Grammy winning guitarist Brian Stoltz (Neville Brothers, Funky Meters) and local legends such as Groove Thangs, Shack Daddys, Raiford Starke and Native-American singer/songwriter Chief Jim Billie.


As a writer and producer, he has composed everything from salsa to string quartet, for TV shows like Fresh Prince and Saturday Night Live and major movies such as Sex In The City 2 and Things to Do In Denver When You’re Dead among others. He’s played on cruise ships and in the circus, performed many a straight ahead jazz gig and does classic rock in a Rolling Stones tribute band. He even works Sunday mornings as a gospel pianist for hire. Bob Taylor is the definition of a musician’s musician!

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John Yarling

Drums
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His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack Daddys, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brian Murphy Trio, The Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, Diane Ward, and the Jeff Taylor Band... CLICK TO READ MORE
John Yarlings - Drums


John Yarling (drumset, jazz percussion) is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.


His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack Daddys, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brian Murphy Trio, The Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, and the Jeff Taylor Band. John Yarling is at ease playing in many styles including Modern Jazz, Blues, Funk and Rock.


In past years he has performed with jazz luminaries Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Lou Donaldson, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Forrest, Mark Murphy, Mike Stern, Pete Minger, Larry Coryell and Dave Liebman as well as rockers Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones). He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, Joe Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Kevin Mahogany, and most recently, Pink. Yarling attended Florida State University (classical percussion) as well as the University of Miami (jazz performance, drum-set).


Earlier in his career he taught general music and percussion at North Broward Preparatory Schools, and established a percussion program at the Florida Youth Conservatory.

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Jack Ciano

Drums
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Jack Ciano has gigged or jammed with icons the likes of B.B. King, Bruce Springstein, Clarence Clemmons, Gloria Estefan, Dizzy Gillespie, Will Lee, Dr.Lonnie Smith and Jaco Pastorious. CLICK TO READ MORE
Jack Ciano - Drums


Jack Ciano has gigged or jammed with icons the likes of B.B. King, Bruce Springstein, Clarence Clemmons, Gloria Estefan, Dizzy Gillespie, Will Lee, Dr.Lonnie Smith and Jaco Pastorious.

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september 2015

sat19sep9:00 pmDiane Ward Band @ Luna Star Cafe9:00 pm 775 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161Luna Star Cafe

october 2015

sat17oct9:00 pmDiane Ward Band - 20 year anniversary celebration of MIRROR!9:00 pm 775 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161Luna Star Cafe

november 2015

sat21nov9:00 pmDiane Ward Band @ Luna Star Cafe9:00 pm 775 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161Luna Star Cafe

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