Dionne Warwick Taps Rap, R&B Singers For New Album

Legendary singer Dionne Warwick is planning a new contemporary album titled My Friends & Me.

The diverse album will feature guest appearance by Da Brat, Mya, Kelis, Cyndi Lauper, Debra Cox, Reba McEntire, Gladys Knight, Angie Stone,

Chante’ Moore and others.

The Grammy-winning singer’s 45th anniversary was produced by her youngest son, Damon Elliot.

“I’m thrilled to be back in the studio and this time with my son,” Warwick said in a statement. “With 45 years in the music industry I’ve had an amazing career. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s greatest musical minds in the business. Just being able to commemorate this phase in my life and work with artists I personally enjoy is truly a blessing.”

In the 1980’s, the singer was a staunch critic of Gangsta rap along with C. Delores Tucker.

But while Warwick’s foray into Hip-Hop may be somewhat of a new journey, Elliott is a well established producer who has conjured hits for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Destiny’s Child, Gwen Stefani, Mya, Pink and others.

Warwick launched her career in 1962 with the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned classic, “Don’t Make Me Over.”

She has had over 60 chart hits, including “Walk On By,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” and “That’s What Friends are For.”

My Friends & Me is scheduled to be released on November 7.

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