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 recently 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 attend “all night singings” in Memphis all the way back to the 1950s, She was blessed to hear such legendary groups as the Statesmen and Blackwood Brothers and all the great quartets of the day. Gospel quartet singing remains her favorite music, 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 recent years, the Lord has led her into co-writing, which has been a blessing. He has put some great writers into her life!
Dianne was nominated as the SGMA Songwriter of the Year in 2000…the first woman to be so honored. She has been nominated many times for Singing News Fan Awards, and won the award for favorite non-artist songwriter in the only three years it was given…2013, 2014, and 2015. She has two Fan Awards for Song of the Year – “He Has Risen” in 1995 by the Cathedral Quartet, and “What Salvation’s Done for Me” in 2009, co-written with Rusty Golden, and recorded by the Booth Brothers. She is a top 10 nominee for the overall Songwriter fan award for 2016. Dianne was nominated for a Dove award for Songwriter of the Year in 2015…the only woman among the five nominees. She has won several Absolutely Gospel Awards for songwriter of the year and song of the year. The National Quartet Convention held awards ceremonies in 2012 and 2013, and both times Dianne won Songwriter of the Year in this industry-determined award, based on chart singles and their positions.
Dianne has written approximately 1,000 songs, and of the ones she can affirm, 48 of those have gone to radio as singles. Of those, 14 have gone to #1 on the definitive Southern Gospel chart in the Singing News.
Dianne had a close relationship with the legendary Cathedral Quartet for two decades, beginning in the 1980s. They recorded 16 of her songs during those years, including “Boundless Love” and “We Shall See Jesus” which are the favorites among her songs, most fans would say. Her songs have been recorded by virtually all the Gospel quartets, and many of the trios, mixed groups, and soloists as well. Her songs are sung all over the world by Gospel groups and church choirs, now in her 40th year as a professional songwriter. Now that she is fully retired, from her “day job”, Dianne is writing more than ever by the grace of God.
Dianne lives in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and is retired from a career in healthcare that lasted over 40 years. She 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 there, and visitors are always welcome. Dianne is born again by the grace of God and is Southern Baptist by conviction and by choice. She loves the King James Authorized Version of the Holy Bible and highly recommends it to you.
Dianne’s greatest objective in writing Gospel songs is to get the message of the Gospel 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”!!