Songwriter Diane Warren

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 15, 2002

Diane Warren writes the most beautiful songs. Has she ever recorded any of them?
—Bob W., Iowa

The incredibly talented songwriter says she's never had any desire to be a singer. She doesn't perform her own songs and never has. But many talented artists have—Aerosmith, Trisha Yearwood, Barbra Streisand, and Mary J. Blige are just a few. Warren, 46, says she knew when she was 6 years old that she wanted to write songs. Growing up in Van Nuys, Calif., she listened to her parents' and her sisters' records, checking the label to discover who had written the songs. Encouraging her interest, Warren's father bought her a guitar when she was 10 and took her around to meetings with music publishers when she was in her teens. A decade later, she was working with the producer for Laura Branigan, who asked her to write English lyrics for a French song for the artist. Warren turned in Solitaire the next day, and it soon became a Top 10 hit. Her songs, such as How Do I Live and I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, have been hits on just about every Billboard chart and have been nominated for numerous awards. Celine Dion's performance of Because You Loved Me won Warren a Grammy for songwriting.