After Decades of Hits as a Songwriter, Diane Warren Announces Her Very First Album

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Diane Warren attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (

"Times Like This" with Darius Rucker will be the first single, out Nov. 10.

As one of the most prolific songwriters in modern music, Diane Warren has notched nine No. 1 hits and 32 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 behind the scenes. But she'll soon come into the solo spotlight with the release of her debut album, Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions Vol. 1.

The 64-year-old hitmaker's new collection via BMG is set to come out in early 2021, featuring an all-star roster of performers: John Legend, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, LP and Darius Rucker.

"I am writing new songs all the time, and I really think I’m writing my best songs right now," the Songwriters Hall of Fame icon said about her first-ever studio project in a press statement. "A lot of people have done this kind of project -- Mark Ronson or Calvin Harris or DJ Khaled -- but no one who is just a songwriter has. So why not me? I thought it would be a chance to work with artists I love and other artists I want to work with, and create a cool body of work that shows the diversity of what I do."

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Her song with Rucker, "Times Like This," will be released on Nov. 10 as the first single. "Diane is such a legend, so I was absolutely honored when she called saying that she had me in mind for a song. It's one of those things that just being asked to be part of her record -- and especially such a great song like this -- is just amazing," the country star said in a statement. "Then to actually go through the process with a legend like her and to see it all come to life has been a really cool experience."

This year, Warren wrote "The Change" (performed by JoJo) as the official anthem for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris' campaign, as well as "Free" (performed by Charlie Puth) for Disney's The One and Only Ivan and "lo Si (Seen)" (performed by Laura Pausini) for Netflix's The Life Ahead.