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
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.
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.