Dionne Warwick

Feel the love at Solaire's V-Day shows
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Multi-awarded Grammy artist Dionne Warwick will perform in a two-night Valentine concert that's replete with nostalgic melodies alluding to happy moments. In a career that spans half a century, her melodic and soulful voice remains unmatched.

"The main market of Solaire is the older crowd as you've seen with our local icons. Our shows roll out every two months. Solaire has the best theater in Manila now, with 1,700 seats to fill. Content will be king. Everything will shift to the mobile platform soon. Entertainment is moving and we are adapting," shared head of entertainment Audie Gemora.

Revered as a singing legend and popular music icon, who, to many of her admireres is gifted with a melodic and soulful voice, Warwick's songs continue to touch the hearts of people who believe in romance, love, friendship, and forever.

"The word or label 'diva' is an operatic term and I do not sing opera, therefore I cannot and do not accept being called one."

The musical icon has formed a long and successful partnership with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era, based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles charts, with 56 of the legendary American singer's singles making the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998, and 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.

"I've been to Manila several times. Manila audiences are wonderful. They have always enjoyed my shows. I am truly looking forward to this Valentine show and I do hope all of you will be at the concert to enjoy,"

Warwick received her first Grammy in 1968 for "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and her second in 1970 for "I'll Never Fall in Love Again." During her stint with Arista Records, she won the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I'll Never Love This Way Again" and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Deja Vu" in 1980. She became the first female artist in the history of the Grammys to win in two categories on the same year.

"All of my songs are close to my heart as they are like my children. The success of these songs I attribute both to the wonderful composers and lyricists. For a great song, it is the lyrics first as I must believe in the words I sing, and of course, a memorable melody."

In 1985, Warwick contributed her voice in the multi-Grammy winning song "We Are The World" which spent four consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the same year, she recorded the American Foundation for AIDS Research benefit song "That's What Friends Are For" with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight.

"For this Valentine concert, my audience will get to enjoy songs I am expected to sing, plus a few surprises. It will be two nights of wonderful music on Valentine's eve and V-Day itself."

Be enthralled, and mesmerized, when you hear her famous hits such as "Don't Make Me Over," " Walk On By," and "Alfie," together with her other signature songs.

We know we will never love this way again, that is why, in this season of romance, be part of this special limited engagement from Grand Leisure Corp. on Feb. 13 and 14 at Solaire's grand ballroom as the charismatic chanteuse headlines a two-night concert. For tickets, simply visit solaireresort.com or call TicketWorld through tell. no. 891-9999.


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