Dianne has been writing Southern Gospel music since the 1970s. Her first recorded song was “Behold the Lamb” by the Song Masters in 1976. She 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 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, and continues to be her signature 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 wrote her 1000th song in late December 2016, which was recorded in early January 2017 by the Kingdom Heirs (“Just Another Mile”). Of those, as of early 2017, 15 have reached #1 on the Singing News chart, one went to #1 on the Bluegrass Gospel chart (in 2016), and one went to #1 on the Cashbox Christian Country chart (in 2016).
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”. In the early 2000s, she entered upon a relationship with the Kingdom Heirs, which has resulted in 57 of her songs being recorded by them, as of January 2017. Her songs have been recorded by virtually all the Gospel quartets, and many of the trios, mixed groups, soloists as well. Her songs are sung all over the world by Gospel groups and church choirs, now in her 41st year as a professional songwriter. Since she retired from her “day job” (in 2015), Dianne is writing full time by the grace of God.
Dianne lives in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and 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 Class 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”!
Nominated as SGMA Songwriter of the Year in 2000…the first woman to be so honored.
Nominated many times as Singing News songwriter of the year, fan-voted…won that award for non-professional songwriter the only three years it was given – 2013, 2014, and 2015.
“We Shall See Jesus” won the Southern GMA song of the year award in 1984.
She has two Singing News fan awards for song of the year: “Jesus Has Risen” in 1995 and “What Salvation’s Done for Me” in 2009. She won the IBMA Song of the Year award for 2016 for “All Dressed Up”, co-written with Jerry Salley, and recorded by Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.
Won the NQC Fan Award for Songwriter of the Year (based on chart performance) the two years it was given…2012 and 2013.
Three Dove nominations for song of the year in specific categories: “O Come Along” recorded by the Cathedral Quartet, “The Old White Flag” recorded by Triumphant, and “If These old Walls Could Talk” recorded by Wilburn and Wilburn.
Nominated for the Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2015.
BMI Awards for the most played songs in a given year: “The Rock’s Between the Hard Place and You” (recorded by the Kingdom Heirs), “What Salvation’s Done for Me” (recorded by the Booth Brothers), “The Joys of Heaven” (recorded by the Kingdom Heirs), and “Good News from Jerusalem” (recorded by the Tribute Quartet).
Recognized by the Southern Gospel Music Guild in 2013 for lifetime achievement, along with fellow songwriters Mosie Lister (now in Heaven); Ronny Hinson; Rodney Griffin; Phil Cross: and Squire Parsons.
Included in the 2020 class of inductees into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame.