Zimbio Exclusive: Diane Warren Really Wants Her Oscar

(Photo by Erik Asla)

Due Voci Diane Warren has the magic touch. She has written almost 100 top ten hits, including some of the most iconic songs in recent memory: "Unbreak My Heart," "Because You Loved Me," and "How Do I Live," among others.

Now, Warren's giving her fans the opportunity to learn more about the inspiration behind many of her chart-topping hits with a live one-hour primetime special on HSN. The broadcast will feature several of Diane's hits as performed by Due Voci, which consists of singers Kelly Levesque and Tyler Hamilton. "I have found the perfect voices in the pairing of Kelly and Tyler after searching for two years and I am delighted to share with HSN viewers the inspiration behind these deeply emotional songs," Warren said.

In anticipation of the special, which airs Thursday, June 2 at 11 p.m. EST, Warren was kind enough to answer some questions about her craft, her dream collaborator and what she hopes the future holds.

Zimbio: It took a year and a half to find "the perfect voices" for Due Voci. What is it about the Kelly Levesque and Tyler Hamilton pairing that works so well with your songs?
For me it’s all about singers. The fact that they are both great singers that sing so well together really made them perfect for this project. Not to mention, they’re pretty easy on the eyes.

Zimbio: You wrote for decades before you started getting paid for your work. How did you get your first major break?
My first break was signing to Laura Branigan’s record producer. Through that, Laura (as well as other artists) started doing my songs.

Zimbio: You've compared songwriting to acting, in that many of the songs you write have little to do with your personal experiences. Do you find that your writing process changes when you're writing a song that carries an emotional weight for you?
Sometimes I am the character in a particular song I am writing.  But the process is still the same, I am still trying to write a great song.  

Zimbio: You've soundtracked some of the most romantic moments in film. What's your favorite movie?
Cher bared her soul in Burlesque and beautifully sang my song, “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.”  I even won a Golden Globe for that one.  I loved how my song, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was used in the movie The Sweetest Thing– haha, though that one might not exactly be considered romantic.

Zimbio: You've got a hugely varied list of musical inspirations. Who are you listening to these days?
I’m writing and in the studio so much that I am basically listening to my own songs.

Zimbio: What was the first album you ever bought?
Meet the Beatles!

Zimbio: Is there any artist from the past you wish you could have worked with?
Frank Sinatra.

Zimbio: You've won just about every songwriting award there is to win, yet you've said there's still a lot you hope to accomplish. What do you feel you have yet to do?
I really am blessed to have accomplished what I have done but what really matters is what I still have left to do ... And I’m going to be honest, I would love to win an Academy Award. 

Tune in to HSN on Thursday, June 2 at 11 p.m. EST for a closer look at Diane's most beautiful songs.

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