Instrumentalist; Songwriter; Vocalist
American Roots; Blues; Rock
Singer, songwriter, producer Diane Durrett is a board member of the Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, best known for the Grammys®. Her 2018 LIVE album, DIANE DURRETT & SOUL SUGA, recorded at Eddie’s Attic, was reviewed as “Killer, high octane soul throughout" and rose to #5 on the Soul Blues International RMR. In 2017 she was a Global Peace Song Award winner for "The River Sings," co-written with Melissa Junebug. Winner of the 2015 Peoples Choice Award by the Atlanta Blues Society, as well as awarded the "Best Self-Produced Album," DIANE DURRETT & SOUL SUGA received national and international attention charting in the Top 10 of the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues chart. During the last six years, Diane has joined music leaders across the country to advocate for creator rights in Georgia and with Grammys on the Hill in Washington, D.C. resulting in the recent passing of the Music Modernization Act.
With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones, and strong original songs Durrett has sung with Sting, Gregg Allman, The Indigo Girls, and Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones). Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, KoKo Taylor, Tinsley Ellis, Delbert McClinton, and Derek Trucks. As well as lending her vocals to recording sessions for Grammy award winning producer Brendan O’Brien and Kristian Bush (Sugarland).
Durrett has long reflected the musical passions that inspired her while growing up in Atlanta, GA. From her energy-driven breakthrough debut 50,000 VOLTS OF SOUL (1993) to her superbly executed RHYTHM OF LIFE (1998), to her acoustic soul CHILL (2004), to the LIVE, GEORGIA ON THE GROOVE (2007), the groovy BLAME IT ON MY DNA (2009), produced by Ike Stubblefield to her holiday album GEORGIA CHRISTMAS (2012) to her release where she joined forces with drummers Yonrico Scott and Melissa Junebug on SOUL SUGA (2015), to her soulful single of Grammy award-winning song "The Rose" (2017), co-produced with Thom 'T.K .' Kidd, to her electrifying LIVE album recorded at Eddie’s Attic, DIANE DURRETT & SOUL SUGA (2018), to her holiday single "Another Ride Around the Sun" (2019), to the 2020 pre-album release singles "Blue Water", "Good News" and "Make America Groove". Her next album album, SWEETER LOVE GROWS is scheduled for 2021.
Diane's song catalog includes co-writes with William Bell ("Born Under A Bad Sign") Jerry Ragovoy ("Piece of My Heart"), Oliver Wood ("One Drop of Truth"), and Bonnie Bramlett ("Superstar"). In 2011 Diane began her artist development company Blooming Tunes Music, coaching vocalists, songwriters, and producing records. In true writer's spirit, Diane also authored a book titled DRIVING MUSIC CITY, which published by Amazon in 2009.
She sings from her soul and writes with heart and humor. Diane brings her southern wit and charm to every event.
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