Diane Lotny, born and raised New York City grew up watching American Bandstand, Soul Train, The Midnight Special, and she credits those music shows as some of the backdrops to her musical education. Some of Diane’s musical influence’s are: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker and Sly and The Family Stone. Diane has also performed with the who’s who of music…. Dr. John, War, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Fats Domino, Neville Brothers, Leon Russell, Irma Thomas, Buddy Miles and The N.Y. Philharmonic, under the direction of Mr. David Eaton.
Diane has also had the honor of being a vocal instructor for “Blues Kids of America” and Musicians International Program. She has coached singers for their auditions on “American Idol” and “The Voice”. Diane delivers her performances passionate and heartfelt with a power and vocal clarity reminiscent of the days when powerhouse divas ruled. Diane Lotny is a singer, songwriter and has also written music for Film and T.V.
Diane Lotny, is an American singer-songwriter, having recorded in various musical genres including rock, pop, soul, R&B, blues, country. Born and raised in New York City, a self-taught singer and musician. Diane was grabbed by the sounds of the day, SOUL, SOUL, SOUL! As Diane put’s It, “Motown‚ that stuff was killin’ me, I loved it!” Some of the backdrops to Diane’s musical education were WABC Radio, The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Soul Train, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and The Midnight Special. Beatles, Stones, Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Ike & Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Joe Cocker, Sly and The Family Stone. Diane’s musical appetite was unstoppable!
In the mid-1970’s, Diane had discovered fabled music club Maxes Kansas City, there everybody was a Superstar and there was where she put together her first band. By 1981 Diane had started performing with many of the touring artists playing in NYC. Big Joe Turner, Roomful of Blues, Albert Collins, James Montgomery, Bobby Blue Bland, Kate Taylor, Sam Andrews, Cornell Dupree and Touring with Buddy Miles.
By 1991, Dr. John came calling and off to New Orleans she went, performing for over 300,000 during her first 3 shows with the band at the Legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In New Orleans, Dr. John opened Diane up to a whole new world of music which afforded her the opportunity to perform and record with legends like Leon Russell, Allan Toussaint, Phobe Snow, Irma Thomas, John Cafferty, Linda Hopkins, Joe Lynn Turner, Buddy Miles, War, Earl King, Fats Domino.
Another turning point in Diane’s career was In 2004. Central Park Summer Stage, 60,000 in attendance, Diane Lotny, Phoebe Snow, Chan Marshall, Genya Ravan, Judith Owen and Kate Pierson from The B-52’s took to the stage with “Big Brother and The Holding Company” with special guest “The Kosmic Blues Band” who were performing for the first time in over 30 years. After the show Guitarist Sam Andrews invited Diane to play some dates with him in Los Angeles and her path was set….she was LA bound!
In 2006 while in Los Angeles, Diane was asked to write a theme song for a TV pilot and had the great fortune to meet Legendary Motown, Wrecking Crew guitarist Don Peake at his recording studio in Burbank. From that day on together their musical journey began… writing music for film and TV. Don invited Diane to join “The Don Peake AllStars”, a Los Angeles-based band of local talent like Ray Parker Jr., David T. Walker, Clarence McDonald, Ellis Hall, Ray Pizzi, Freddie Washington and James Gadson. In 2016 Don and Lamont Dozier Jr. son of legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland) formed “Generations of Soul” and made Diane a part of their core group. They are now performing to sold out houses throughout Southern California.
Diane had the honor of singing at the 69th Gala of The United Nations General Assembly backed by The NY Symphony Orchestra led by Musical Director David Eaton.
Today, Diane’s songs have been used for t.v. and film in New York and Los Angeles and most recently, vocal coaching contestants on The Voice. Diane propels herself from the cradle of timeless roots music to the heart & soul she gets from the eclectic taste of city life. She delivers here performances passionate and heartfelt with power and vocal clarity reminiscent of the days when powerhouse divas ruled.
Diane will be joined by Deep Cut, featuring Ric Molina on Guitar, Mark Mancini on Piano, Gene Torres on Bass, and Vito Luizzi on Drums.