Internationally recognized as a singer/songwriter and producer, Diane Durrett is always rocking the house with her distinctive vibrato, she can belt gut-bucket blues with the best of them. She proves it, again with her 2021 American Roots release ‘Put A Lid On It’. The album soared to
#2 on the Soul Blues International Roots Music Report.
“Triggers forgotten pelvic movements..” (D. Grandi, Il Blues, Italy)
“Flirts with perfection, while remaining full of feeling and spontaneity” (F. Delforge, France)
“The smoldering B3 and stark crisp piano (Yoel Yehuda ) back Diane’s heavenly rising vocals” (Blues in The South, UK)
In 2019 her album ‘Diane Durrett & Soul Suga LIVE’ was reviewed as “Killer, high octane soul throughout" and rose to #5. In 2017 she was a Global Peace Song Award winner for ‘The River Sings’ co-produced and written with Soul Suga drummer Melissa Junebug. Durrett was the winner of the 2015 ‘Peoples Choice Award’ by Atlanta Blues Society, as well as awarded the ‘Best Self-Produced Album’ for “Soul Suga’ & Diane Durrett' ' which charted in the Top 10 of the RMR Contemporary Blues chart. Her song catalog includes co-writes with William Bell, Jerry Ragovoy, Oliver Wood, Emily Sailers and Bonnie Bramlett.
Durrett is in her sixth year as an elected board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Recording Academy, best known for the GRAMMYs and currently is co-chair of the Producer & Engineer Wing ATL and serves on the National Blues Advisory board. She continues to host the highly successful Women In Blues event sponsored by the Atlanta Blues Society highlighting female blues musicians in Georgia.
In 2020, Durrett produced three music videos for ‘Put A Lid On It’, including ‘Blue Water', 'Good News' and 'Make America Groove'. This led to editing, producing and hosting a two part video series for the Producer & Engineer Wing of the Recording Academy, best known for the GRAMMYs, in 2021 called "In the Mix Studio PROS: Ladies Leading the Way”. Previously Durrett served as Vice President of the Recording Academy ATL Chapter and joined music leaders as an advocate for creators rights meeting with Senators for GRAMMYS on the Hill in Washington, DC resulting in the 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, Georgia. 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 her latest album (2021) ‘Put A Lid On It’.
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 was published by Amazon 2009. She sings from her soul and writes with heart & humor.