The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF) is
proud to announce legendary music icon Dionne Warwick as the 2006
Lifetime Career Achievement Award recipient. Warwick will accept the
award at a black tie gala on the festival’s closing night, Sunday,
Sept.17, 2006 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The
lifetime career achievement award is presented to icons in the film and
music world that have made significant contributions to the art and
business of film and music.
Celebrating 45 years in show business in 2006, Warwick’s signature
interpretations have made their mark on the landscape of pop music
through each decade, weaving generations of listeners from every
demographic. Her reputation as a hit maker has been firmly implanted
into American consciousness, thanks to nearly sixty charted hit songs
since “Don’t Make Me Over” climbed the charts in 1962.
Warwick received her first of six Grammy Awards in 1968 for her classic
hit, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and in doing so, became the
first African-American solo artist of her generation to win the
prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Performance. Dionne also
preceded the success of some her musical peers by becoming the first
such artist to achieve twelve consecutive Top 100 hit singles from
1963-1966, including “Walk on By,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Close To
You,” “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” among many others.
Warwick is currently completing her first new album of duets for
Concord Records, due out this Fall and featuring an array of top
flights artists, including Gladys Knight, Olivia Newton John, Gloria
Estefan, Whitney Houston, Mya and Pink, among others.
Commenting on Warwick’s award, Founder and Festival Director, Jo
Moulton said, “Warwick is the consummate artist and performer. Her
music, her amazing body or work and accomplishments are truly worthy of
recognition. Her songs have touched the hearts of millions for decades.
Her attendance and participation in our festival is validation of her
support and recognition of what our festival is all about–the
promoting and showcasing of largely untapped, unrecognized but truly
gifted independent film and music artists.”
Other honorees for the 2006 Gala in the categories of Producer, Actor,
Actress and Director will be announced shortly. In years past, honorees
have included such legendary talent as Ray Charles, Karl Malden, Rita
Coolidge, Robert Wise, Carl Reiner, Etta James, Shirley Jones, John
Spencer, Michael York, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Leonard Maltin.