Diane Ward “Mirror”

Diane Ward - "MIRROR"
Release Date: 1995-03-22
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All songs written & produced by Diane Ward. © All rights reserved.
Recorded at: Criteria Recording Studios, North Miami, FL
Engineered & Mixed by: Keith Rose
Mastered by: Fuller Sound, North Miami, FL

Musicians:

Diane Ward – Lead and Backing Vocals, Electric Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion
Jack Shawde – Lead & Rhythm Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Matthew Sabatella – Bass, Backing Vocals
Steve Skully – Drums
Brett Thorngren – Drums
John Yarling – Drums
Paul Harris – Piano
Nicole Yarling – Violin

Highlights:

AWARDED BEST ALBUM (1995 ) – Miami New Times
“Mirror”
In her song “Goodbye Mary Jo,” Diane Ward (also our Best Female Rock Vocalist) proclaims, “I don’t need nobody to be somebody.” Perhaps she ought to dedicate the line to the major record labels that have somehow managed to overlook her passionate, throaty vocals and her distinctive songwriting. Rather than sitting around and waiting for the majors to call, however, Lady Di independently recorded and released the ten-song CD Mirror. The album tracks one powerhouse cut after another Swooping vocal pyrotechnics transform “When I’m Needing Someone” from a whispery confessional into a chilling, tortured scream; growling self-recrimination reverberates throughout the scalding “Damn Me”; “I Will Wait for You” melts into soothing acceptance; “Pick Me Up” cries for help with the urgency of a 911 call. Ward fans have waited for a release such as this for years; record deal or no, Mirror proves Diane Ward don’t need nobody to be somebody.

Reviews:

“Mirror” Album review – Album Network
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: After winning countless awards and recognition throughout South Florida, Diane Ward – now a solo artist – is primed to take on the country. This talented lady not only wrote every song on Mirror, she also produced it. Ward is clearly part of the spearhead of singer/songwriters from Miami, which also includes Mary Karlzen and Jolynn Daniels, who are giving this city a whole new musical perception. SOUNDS LIKE: Acoustic-based rock, with rich, full arrangements and a sensible spread of musical styles. All of this highlights well her singular vocal style and accomplished songwriting. SUGGESTED SONGS: “Good-bye Mary Jo”; “I Will Wait For You”; ‘Hey Joe”; the title track.

Album Review

"…a stunning collection of husky emotional songs, with Ward's powerhouse vocals front and center."
- Billboard Magazine