Grammy Award-winning songstress Dionne Warwick wants her fans to know “She’s Back.”
And perhaps not by coincidence, that’s the title of her upcoming CD scheduled for release May 10 — her first new recording in five years.
“She’s Back,” produced by her son Damon Elliott and released via his Kind Music and Entertainment One (eOne), includes the lead-off single known and celebrated by anyone familiar with the musical stylings of Warwick — an updated version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic, “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” which she first recorded during the 1960s.
In addition to 10 tracks of new songs along with remakes of pop/soul classics, “She’s Back” will be packaged with a bonus disc of Warwick’s 1998 album, “Dionne Sings Dionne,” which features her greatest hits, remastered for this release.
“She’s Back” also includes duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”) and Bone, Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”).
Music buffs undoubtedly know that for Warwick, “She’s Back” represents her 36th full-length studio recording. Additionally, it marks her first dedicated R&B/soul album since the release of Warwick’s highly-touted 1969 Scepter LP “Soulful” — which she co-produced in Memphis with the late Chips Moman (who manned the boards for Dionne’s then-label mate, B.J. Thomas) 50 years ago.
Warwick stands among one of several legends chosen to receive one of the Grammy Awards’ highest honors this year — the Lifetime Achievement Award. She joins music greats including: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic; Billy Eckstine; Donny Hathaway; Julio Iglesias; and Sam & Dave in this elite group of honorees.
While they were briefly saluted in name during the recent airing of the Grammy Awards, a separate award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held the day after the release of “She’s Back” on May 11 in Los Angeles.
Warwick also kicks off a concert residency in Las Vegas on April 4.