© All rights reserved. All songs written by Diane Ward except: “Unloving Game” written by Diane Ward & Wendy McDowell; “Tongue Tied” written by Diane Ward & Brian Franklin; “Messed Up” written by Diane Ward, Jonelle Raspa & Jim Baumann.
Produced: by Jack Shawde & Diane Ward
Mixed by: John Merchant
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig
Engineered by: Jeremy duBois & Jack Shawde
Diane Ward – Lead and Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming
Jack Shawde – Electric Lead & Rhythm Guitars (includes: E-Bow, Lap Steel, Slide, Baritone, Mando, Wah Wah), Acoustic Guitars, Programming
Debbie Duke – Bass
Howard Goldberg – Drums
Stephanie Callahan – Backing Vocals
Debbie Hunseder – Backing Vocals
Brian Franklin – Backing Vocals
Billy Livesay – Backing Vocals
Matthew Sabatella – Backing Vocals
Artwork: Imagine Media Concepts
Photography: Scott Teitler
It’s all there in Diane Ward’s impressive CD Wonderlight. There’s the impeccable production team of Diane and Jack Shawde, the great musicianship of the band and featured guests, as well as the superstar credentials of mixologist John Merchant (Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion) and legendary mastering guru Bob Ludwig (Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin). With Wonderlight, Ward’s celebrated vocals have developed more depth and purpose, and the melodies settle in the cortex and cannot be shaken. But above all it is the songwriting, the majesty of the lyrics, and the passion for life’s truths that take hold of our spirits as we bathe in the Wonderlight.
The mood has shifted here from Diane’s previous album, the critically acclaimed, The Great Impossible. While Impossible speaks of the restless spirit fighting to maintain its purpose, in Wonderlight we discover the seeds of hope and the emergence of redemption. As Diane explains, “There is the sense that society has not completely drained us of our innocence… not completely numbed us to those things that get us up in the morning and bring meaning to our lives.” No Diane Ward album is complete without love songs peopled by characters that careen in and out of relationships. From This Love is Hard where the main character laments, “And there’s no avoiding feeling the crush when you’re laid out under the wheel”, to the exquisite Passion Field where “The bar’s all sticky and damp with hearts hanging on the edge of a worn out jukebox …”, Diane takes us through the myriad of feelings that surround this elusive emotion.
Finally, there is the matter of her exceptional voice. Music journalist Greg Baker recounts his visit to a recording session of Diane’s previous album, The Great Impossible … “the sounds coming from the (recording) booth on this summer night – ghostly, pitch perfect, tough and fragile at once – boggle.” Numerous Best Female Vocalist awards attest to the special gift that has helped catapult Diane’s career into the national spotlight.