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John Merchant is currently mixing the new album!

It’s finally that time in the recording process to mix! John Merchant (Mika, Celine Dion, Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, & Lenny Kravitz) is at the helm from his mixing studio in Nashville.  We have  heard some of the mixes he’s worked on and I’m really, REALLY excited! They sound soooooo great and I can’t wait for you to hear them. When mixing is complete, it goes to mastering, then manufacturing & distribution so we are looking at a few […]

DHMC6 COMP – UNRELEASED contains new Diane Ward song

DHMC6 COMP – UNRELEASED by Dan Hosker Music Continuum This compilation features bands/artists that are – or have been – part of the South Florida Music Scene. ALL proceeds from the sale of this release will go directly towards the continued funding of the Dan Hosker Music Continuum. The DHMC is a music scholarship started in 2013 in Dan’s Hosker’s name. The scholarship provides cash awards to deserving students of Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, MA – Dan’s alma […]

EXCEPTIONAL new album by singer / songwriter Darrell Arnold called “Changing World”

Very proud to have been a part of this wonderful project! Darrell’s new roots rock, Americana album features ten songs that thematically run the gamut from existential thought pieces to love and lost-love songs, all with gripping vocal hooks, grooving rhythms, and layers of guitars, wondrous guitars. Jack Shawde produced the album and plays multiple instruments. In addition to Darrell’s vocals and acoustic guitar, the album features Diane on drums and background vocals, Matthew Sabatella on bass and background vocals, Max Farber […]

Diane Ward/Matthew Sabatella duet cover Fred Neil’s “The Dolphins” benefits Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

Released on the legendary Y&T Music label, the cover of Fred Neil’s “The Dolphin” was created to raise money & awareness for Ric O’Barry’s, Dolphin Project, a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide. Founded by Richard (Ric) O’Barry on Earth Day, April 22, 1970, the mission of the Dolphin Project is to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, as dolphins are routinely captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in […]

Co-write w/Jim Wurster song “Sweet Melody in the Wind” featured on double CD benefit album.

Extremely proud to have a song that I co-wrote with Jim Wurster featured on this compilation. ALL PROCEEDS from the ongoing sale of this album & will be donated to 100+ Abandoned dogs of Everglades Florida.  They are a FANTASTIC organization of volunteers who work miracles every day saving the lives of abused and neglected animals right here in South Florida. 3 Chords & a Chorus of Lust: Songs of Jim Wurster. Epic DOUBLE ALBUM featuring performances and/or production by The […]

Recording of #6 has begun! Another Diane Ward/Jack Shawde team production feat. The Band of Virgos

I’m so excited to FINALLY be back in the studio! I could no have started this adventure without the incredible help of supporters who jumped in at my Indigogo campaign. I am forever grateful! Basic tracks will be recorded at DogManic Recording Studios & engineered by Jason Sedawie. The album will prominently feature the Band of Virgos: Jack Shawde (guitars), Debbie Duke (bass) Bob Taylor (keyboards) John Yarling (drums).  Very excitedthat John Merchant is onboard to mix. The band & I […]

Back from Nashville, THANK YOU Jodi Marr & AbFab Artists for another wonderful adventure!

Just came back from another fantastic writing trip in Nashville for AbFab Artists!  During my span of 3 weeks in songwriting bliss, I witnessed crazy weather that went from 87 degrees, down to 20 degrees – within 24 hours, and woke up to 3 inches of snow!!  LOL Crazy!!! This pic is one of the writing rooms @ ASCAP.  They saved the day when our other writing room became unavailable at the last minute.  =O I’m so grateful for them because I wrote […]

Pre-order the new album!

BIG NEWS!!!! Let's make some music! Pre-order / grab a perk to help fund the recording & release of my new album! I’m so excited to get my killer band into the studio & record 12 new songs for you! For this my 6th independently released album, I'm turning to friends & fans to help make the album become a reality! I've partnered with IndieGoGo.com and on their website, you can pre-order the album as well as select from a [...]

Hello 2017!

HELLO 2017 and Happy New Year to all! First off, I want to thank you for your continued support. I consider myself to be extremely lucky and blessed to have had the life of an independent artist all these years. Music has been the thread of my life experiences and I am profoundly rich in love and friendships because of it.

THANK YOU SoFla!

Our canned food drive was a huge success! THANK YOU to everyone who came to benefit Feeding South Florida!!! I am humbled by your generosity, goodwill, and glorious hearts! The deal was that if you brought non-perishable food, you didn’t have to pay the $10 cover donation. Most of you brought food AND gave $$!! My car is overflowing with your donations & we also raised 350.00! Your food and money will be directly benefiting an amazing organization, Feeding South Florida (www.feedingsouthflorida.org). They are the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida that serves 25% of Florida’s food Insecure population.

The Livesays

“Hold On… Life Is Calling” – Big thanks to singer-songwriter, Billy Livesay (Clarence Clemons & the Temple of Soul, Tony Stevens Slow Ride) for inviting me to sing back up for their official release party! It was a joy singing alongside such a talented bunch of musicians. Check them out: billylivesay.com & thelivesaysmusic.com.

In the studio as drummer for new singer – songwriter, Darrell Arnold project

Thrilled to have been asked to provide the drumming for the upcoming Darrell Arnold album. It’s always fun when I get to pick up the sticks.  I was joined by Matt Sabatella (bass) & Jack Shawde (guitar). Darrell enrolled Looch to engineer the sessions over at Miami Beach Recording Studios & Jack Shawde to co-produce! How do you keep musicians happy? ODing on pizza of course!  Looking forward to hearing the results!

Nashville gets hot in June

Arrived back in South Florida from my latest trip to Nashville.  It was my first time being up there right around when summer hits.  Everyday I was greeted with bright blue skies and vibrant colors, everywhere. Gotta tell ya though, it most certainly gives FL a run for its money in the heat department!  CMA Festival was in full swing… the city was bustling and full of life. Enjoyed spending time with some great company and had some wonderful co-writes.  Nashville songwriter, Molly Bowers & I wrote a beautiful song together called, […]

“CAPITAL CRIME” – Animated music video by Sugarshack Animation (Lil Bush) Feat. The Three Jacks

Miami-based rockers, The Three Jacks, have teamed up with Sugarshack Animation to release a powerful animated music video in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2. Press release: [Miami, FL, June 2, 2016] Miami-based rockers, The Three Jacks, have teamed up with Sugarshack Animation to release a powerful animated music video in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2. They hope that “Capital Crime” will focus all Americans – gun owners and gun opponents alike – […]

Spring Songwriting Sessions

BIG LOVE & THANKS to Jodi Marr & AbFab Artists for another incredible writing trip in Nashville. I got to work with some amazingly talented artists and have made some wonderful new friends!!! Even picked up a drumming gig via the Olsen Brothers from Olympia, Washington. Looking forward to the next trip! #Family #AbFabArtists #hugasongwriter

NEW VIDEO: Satellite official video

Very proud to announce the release of my brand new video of the “Satellite” from the Beautiful Ways album. This is another creation by the exceptionally talented, Rose Gargiulo!!!!  Be sure to join Diane’s YouTube Channel for new additions & updates. Sharing is caring… 😉 Thanks ya’ll!

Happy St. Patty’s Day! Here’s a ditty from my Celtic rock band, The Three Jacks!

I wish you all a very Happy St. Patty’s day! Here’s a video (below) of an absolute beaut written by The Three Jacks frontman, Henke Milne & performed by the Three Jacks, your friendly neighborhood Irish Celtic rock band from South Florida. The Three Jacks feat.  Jack Shawde (guitar), Jack Stamates (fiddle), Debbie Duke (bass) & yours truly on the drums (they kick in around 8:05 mark, lol).    

So many songs, so little tracks…

Been trying get all these new songs sorted out for the new album & more… It’s the best kind of overwhelm! Teaming with my long-time friend and musical partner, Jack Shawde for both pre-production of the new album, and songwriting demos for pitch. My band (Jack Shawde (guitars), Debbie Duke (bass), Bob Taylor (keyboards) John Yarling (drums) are all on-board to record later this fall. Things are really getting exciting!

Fun & friends…

I was REALLY lucky to get to write with Shannon LaBrie & Jodi Marr during my Nashville trip in November. This month, Shannon was on tour & stopped in @ Zen Mystery to play for us. This is how we greet new friends & fellow songwriters here in South Florida! There is a whole lotta talent in this frame.

Official video release: ‘Sobering Days’

Very proud to announce the official video release of “Sobering Days” from the album Beautiful Ways. This beautiful video was created by Rose Gargiulo. Enjoy!

Nashville

Just got back from several days working in Nashville… Had a fantastic time! I was very fortunate to meet / work with several wonderful writers thanks to the awesomeness of Jodi Marr & AbFab Artists. While I was there I ran into super talented singer / songwriter Brian Hanlon (that’s him w/ me in the pic) @ Grand Victor Sound Nashville. It was really great to catch up! Jack came up for the Guitar Expo to do his cool endorsement […]

20 year anniversary of Mirror show performed start to finish.

On 10.17.2015, the Diane Ward Band will perform the music of Diane’s first solo album “Mirror” start to finish in celebration of the 20 year anniversary of its release. EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1477779999193426/ Join the Diane Ward Band for this very special evening of music nostalgia featuring – Jack Shawde (guitars), Debbie Duke (bass), Bob Taylor (keys), & John Yarling (drums). Also joining us for the entire Mirror set on vocals & a tune on bass is Mr. Matthew Sabatella. This very special […]

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.

Debbie Duke

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.

Bob Taylor

Keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Bob Taylor has worked successfully across genres and in a broad array of contexts, from backing iconic musicians to writing music for film and TV. Throughout it all, his instinctual creativity has been a key asset. “My approach is organic, I try not to impose myself on what’s happening musically, and, instead, let what’s happening dictate what I play.”

John Yarling

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.