Dianne has been writing Southern Gospel music since the 1970s. Her first recorded song was "Behold the Lamb" by the Song Masters in 1976, which was recorded by many groups…as late as 2001 by the Dove Brothers. Dianne started performing at the age of 12 in a Gospel trio with her mother and aunt, and was blessed to be able to attend "all night Singings" in Memphis all the way back to the 1950s and heard such legendary groups as the Statesmen and Blackwood Brothers and all the great quartets of the day. Gospel quartet singing remains her favorite music even today and continues to be her signature writing style.
Dianne wrote her songs as the Lord gave them for many years, and still does; but in very recent years, the Lord has led her into some co-writing. See the Photo Gallery for some of her favorite co-writers.
Dianne was nominated as SGMA Songwriter of the Year in 2000…the first woman to be so honored. She was a top five finalist for SGMG Songwriter of the Year in 2004. Dianne was a top five finalist for the Singing News Fan Award Songwriter of the Year in 2007 and 2009 and is a nominee for 2012. She won the SGN Music Awards Songwriter of the Year in the Professional Division in 2008. Dove nominations for Southern Gospel Song of the Year include "Oh, Come Along" by the Cathedral Quartet in 1996, and "The Old White Flag" in 2009 by Triumphant. "We Shall See Jesus" (Cathedral Quartet) won the SGMA Song of the Year in 1984. "Jesus Has Risen", also by the Cathedral Quartet, won the 1995 Singing News Fan Award for favorite song. Dianne had three of the ten nominated songs for the Singing News Fan Award for 2009, and one of them won: "What Salvation's Done for Me", co-written with Rusty Golden, and recorded by the Booth Brothers. Dianne won the NQC Award for songwrighter of the year in 2012.
Dianne had a close relationship with the legendary Cathedral Quartet for two decades, beginning in the early 1980s and continuing until they retired in 1999. They recorded 16 of her songs during those years, including "Boundless Love", "Master Builder", "There is a Haven", "Goin' in Style", "High and Lifted Up", "Homeland", and the ones listed above. Her songs have been recorded by most of the groups touring today including the Kingdom Heirs, Legacy Five, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gold City, the Hoppers, Greater Vision, The Dove Brothers, the Kingsmen, the Inspirations, Brian Free and Assurance, the Talley Trio, the Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, Triumphant, the Collingsworth Family, the Whisnants, the Mike LeFevre Quartet, HisSong, Mark Trammell Quartet, Paid in Full, Crossway, Ricky Atkinson and Compassion, the Pfeifers, the Ball Brothers, The Freemans, and the new Gospel Singing Caravan.
Dianne lives in Dyersburg, Tennessee and continues with a busy career in healthcare (for 40+ years). Dianne has been a church pianist since the age of 12 and currently fills that role at Springhill Baptist Church in Dyersburg. She teaches the Open Door Sunday School class there…visitors are always welcome. Dianne is born again by the grace of God and is Southern Baptist by conviction and by choice. She holds to the King James Authorized Version of the Bible and highly recommends it to you!
Dianne's greatest objective in writing Gospel songs is to get the message out through lyrics that are grounded in the Word of God. It is her strong conviction that Gospel songs should bring the lost to Christ, comfort to God's people, and glory to God in the highest. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus"!!