Diane Ward | The Great Impossible

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The Great Impossible

by Diane Ward

Title track from the 'The Great Impossible' and 'Baby Look Up' are 2 songs prominently featured in the 2013 award-winning independent film, 'Calloused Hands' starring Andrew Royo.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Wide Awake
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2. Shooting Rockets
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3. Class Of 2000
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4. Perfect Kiss
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5. Latch Key Kid
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6. I Won't Step Down
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7. Fade
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8. Don't Fall Away
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9. Baby Look Up
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10. A Song For Cara
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11. Watch From The Trees
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12. Clumsy
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13. You
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14. Sunday Drive
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15. The Great Impossible
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
All songs written by Diane Ward. © All rights reserved.
Produced: by Jack Shawde & Diane Ward
Mixed by: W. Damian Mazur, Jack Shawde & Diane Ward at Soundmixers Recording Studios, Hollywood, FL
Mastered by: Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC
Engineered by: Keith Rose at Elysian Fields Studios, Boca Raton, FL and W. Damian Mazur at Soundmixers Recording Studios, Hollywood, FL

Musicians:

Diane Ward – Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming
Jack Shawde – Electric Rhythm & Lead Guitars (includes: 12 String, Lap Steel, Slide, Mando, Baritone), Acoustic Guitars, Harmonica, Backing Vocals
Debbie Duke – Upright Electric Bass, Trumpet, Melodica
Dan Feiszli – Electric & Acoustic Upright Bass
Mitch Mistel – Bass
Chris Sheldon – Drums
Pete Solley – Hammond B-3 Organ
Mike Scaglione – Soprano Saxophone
Debbie Spring – Viola
Jack Stamatas – Violin, Recorder
Stephanie Callahan – Backing Vocal
Brian Franklin – Electric Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocal
Brendan Buckley – Drum Programming

About The Great Impossible:

Diane Ward's album, "The Great Impossible," is the culmination of a year's work, and is a masterful reflection of the Florida singer/songwriter's significant talent. It began as her 2 previous albums had started: with a musical emotion that surfaces before the story develops, inspiring the lyrics and the melody. "The Great Impossible" is a personal take on the bigness of love, and the struggles to access it. To Diane, "This is the stuff that scars us and defines who we are."

The music showcases an artist who has mastered her craft, and honed her songwriting skill until it slices through the pretenses of pop music. Songs like "Fade" chronicle the lives of people who feel invisible and hopeless, while "Baby Look Up" is a song of encouragement and inspiration. The haunting title track "The Great Impossible" sums up the eternal journey of finding lasting love.

And then there is the matter of her Voice. "... The sounds coming from the (recording) booth on this summer night - ghostly ...pitch perfect, tough and fragile at once - boggle," says, Greg Baker - Street Magazine. Diane's signature voice has power and range, but it's the nuances and raw emotion that ultimately connect her with the listener. In "Class of 2000", Diane's vocals soar with depth and coloration. "Perfect Kiss," is a tale of love at first sight and her voice leads us from the breathless beginning to the sensual finish of a desired love affair.

Highlights:

Title track 'The Great Impossible' and 'Baby Look Up' are 2 song up prominently featured in the 2013 award-winning independent film, "Calloused Hands starring Andrew Royo.

About Diane’s music from writer & director of Calloused Hands, Jesse Quinones “i first came across diane ward’s music 15 years ago as a teenager. i always remember loving how delicately she was able to balance pain and love in a single song. her music hits you right in the gut. when i started developing calloused hands, i was very aware that this was a film that also needed to come from the gut. i listened to diane’s album ‘great impossible’ while i wrote the screenplay to help take me back to that place. according to my itunes i listened to baby look up 160 times. i knew the film would need music like this, that could capture those intense feelings. gratefully diane said yes to allowing us to use both ‘great impossible’ and ‘baby look up’ in the film. the film wouldn’t be the same without it.” – Jesse Quinones

Several songs featured in the Award-winning documentary "Blindsided" which aired on HBO.

Producers of the Academy Award nominated film “Crash” featured one of Diane’s songs on the premier episode of their TV series, 'Angela's Eyes' broadcast on the Lifetime Channel

MTV licensed it in its entirety.

The Great Impossible album review: Bullz-Eye.com / Mike Farley
Miami native Diane Ward is slowly evolving into a special songwriter, an evolution that is more evident than ever on her third and latest release, The Great Impossible. If you sandblasted some of the edge off Melissa Etheridge and put a little more grit in Patty Griffin, you'd have Diane Ward. More than anything, Ward is a storyteller. On her latest she tells those stories as they relate to love, both lost and found. All that, and she's got a voice the size of Florida.

'Wide Awake" is a waltzy tune with an alt-country grit, courtesy of producer/guitarist Jack Shawde. "Shooting Rockets" has a noticeably adult contemporary feel, with that horn sound that has become a trademark of folks like Edwin McCain. "Class of 2000" may be almost six minutes long, but it's so hauntingly beautiful that you want it to continue. "Latch Key Kid" has some hooky guitar riffs and "I Won't Step Down" is a bluesy piece that really shows off Ward's vocal range. "Fade" is the poppiest track of all, and perhaps the most radio friendly of this batch. With songs like "Baby Look Up" and "Clumsy," it is evident that the one real drawback to this record is that it goes on too long, and sometimes quality is better than quantity. Ward could have easily cut off five tracks, skipping then to the introspective title track.

Though not yet on a major label, Diane Ward is certainly more than worthy of major attention. With the way the music industry continues to change, artists like Ward are carving their own niche and connecting with music fans everywhere. Lucky for her, those fans eventually sniff out the talent, and with The Great Impossible Ward shows that she's got plenty of it to share.


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BKS

Very Enjoyable Collection
Thoughtful lyrics and wide ranging vocals by Diane results in a very enjoyable musical collection. I hope to attend a live performance...soon.

LLG


This CD is what music is all about: Diane's great songs, her wonderful voice showing her trademark broad range and depth, great performances by the musicians, great production, all delivered by Diane and producer Jack Shawde without looking over her shoulder worrying about the "major labels" or "hit songs". Guitarist and producer Jack Shawde again shows why he is one of the most highly coveted musicians in the southeast; tasteful playing, great tone, and well conceived production that always compliments Diane's songs and voice. Diane once again delivers a CD that is simply top shelf.

JKS

Do NOT miss this CD!!!
This CD is by far one my favorites. Diane's voice is soulful and sultry, playing with ranges and emotions throughout the entire CD. I usually only enjoy a few tracks off a CD, but this one offers an entire disc worth of great music. It follows a cadence, a lyrical rhythm if you will, that sets the listener up for an entire experience filled with passion, love and hope. But, it doesn't go over board with gushy love songs and trite lyrics. It expresses what we all have felt and thought of during this lifetime but could never find the words to convey them.

Sarah Walker

Diane Ward's new CD release is great!
Diane's latest CD - "The Great Impossible" is possibly her best CD yet! Great grooves and some great ballads - especially "Perfect Kiss" For those of you who have not heard Diane Ward's music, her flavor is Melissa Etheridg-ish. But why compare one truly original artist with another?

cherlog

hope i don't wear this out before her next one!
i saw Diane in concert and she sang songs from her cd. was amazed at the emotions she poured into her music. i had to buy the cd. i make a point of telling friends old and new about her, her music, and her website.

JJJ

How can I put it into words?
This CD came to me at a time I needed to escape.Your voice calmed me and sent me to a pleasent place.To listen to you on the beach is a vacation and I plan to go there ALOT! I want to thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world and will give you as gifts to all my friends!Getting this CD was well worth the money! CD ranks a 100 stars!!!!

Shawna Goldman

This CD is AMAZING!

Kelly

Love her in concert, love her in digital
I would recommend seeing Diane live over just listening to her music on CD, but that's just not practical for some. The Great Impossible is the best example of the power of her voice and the depth of her lyrics [although, her 2000 release--Move--comes a close second and "Goodbye Mary Jo" and "Here It Comes" from Mirror (1995) are sentimental favorites]. Buy it. You won't regret it.

Todd Puntolillo

Diane rocks! Another magnificent collection from the best of the best!
Once again Diane cuts through it all and shakes you to the soul. This CD is breathtaking.