The Early Career of Dionne Warwick

Talent agent Carlos Keyes serves as an agent and the president of Red Entertainment Agency in New York City. From his firm, Carlos Keyes represents many performers in film, television, and music. One of his clients, Dionne Warwick, spent 2013 on a 50th Anniversary tour.

Renowned songstress Dionne Warwick has been a part of the music scene for over a half century. The winner of multiple Grammy Awards, Warwick began singing as a child in East Orange, New Jersey. As a youth, she performed for her church; with her family’s band, the Drinkard Singers; and with The Gospelaires, a gospel group she cocreated with her sister.

After finishing high school, Dionne Warwick enrolled at The Hartt College of Music in Connecticut. The proximity allowed her to travel to New York to sing backup for top stars ranging from Solomon Burke to Dinah Washington. During a session in 1961, she was noticed by songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who selected her to sing their songs. The following year, Warwick released her first of more than 60 hits with Don’t Make Me Over. Throughout the decade, the three would collaborate on iconic songs such as I Say a Little Prayer, Walk on By, and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again. An international sensation, Dionne Warwick also earned recognition in 1968 as the first African American female artist to sing in front of the Queen of England.

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