Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn 2014 artist, Diane Durrett, answers a few questions about her musical career:
Of all the big names you have worked with, is there one that sticks out in your mind?
- The opportunity to sing with Sting stands out because it was truly a “right place at the right time” situation. But if I hadn’t been devoted to my craft for all those years I wouldn’t have been ready. Sting gave me such a confirmation when he put his hands on my shoulders and said “You’re good, you’re damn good!”
Do you consider yourself a Southern artist being currently located in Atlanta?
- Yes, I would consider myself a southern artist. My music comes from my southern soul roots. I was raised in Atlanta where it was normal for “Sprite” to be pronounced with three syllables.
What have you been currently focusing on in your musical career?
- I have a new CD coming out called ‘Soul Suga’. It features my friend Yonrico Scott on drums. There are also many talented Georgia artists who joined me on this recording; Tinesly Ellis, Randall Bramblett, Ike Stubblefield and Peggy Still Johnson are included. Engineer Matt Still is doing the final mixes now. It will be available soon!