First Look: Diane Mathis gives a Detroit "Welcome"

Diane Mathis’s life is the story of music. Mathis has been in the music business for more than 50 years, and she has been creating art for longer than that. The Detroit native signed her first recording track at the age of 14 and was the lead singer of a group called the Debonaires. That group scored a top 20 hit with a song titled “How’s Your New Love Treating You.”

Mathis signed on with Capital records in 1968 and recorded two singles. Her voice ensured that work remained constant after her stint with Capital ended, and she was a backing vocalist for artists such as Isaac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor, Leo Sayer, Bonnie Pointer and Chic and she eventually served as the female voice with the legendary group The Platters. So Mathis has performed in Girl Groups, as a solo artist, backing vocalist and as a member of a history making group.

Diane Mathis’s life is the story of music. Mathis has been in the music business for more than 50 years, and she has been creating art for longer than that. The Detroit native signed her first recording track at the age of 14 and was the lead singer of a group called the Debonaires. That group scored a top 20 hit with a song titled “How’s Your New Love Treating You.”

Mathis signed on with Capital records in 1968 and recorded two singles. Her voice ensured that work remained constant after her stint with Capital ended, and she was a backing vocalist for artists such as Isaac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor, Leo Sayer, Bonnie Pointer and Chic and she eventually served as the female voice with the legendary group The Platters. So Mathis has performed in Girl Groups, as a solo artist, backing vocalist and as a member of a history making group.

Now, Mathis returns to the forefront with her new single “Welcome Back Home.” Mathis’s vocal instrument carries more resonance, but as this song that might remind many of the sleek 1980s sound shows, the years have been kind to her. She displays range and is a peerless vocal storyteller on a song that has a story to tell. That story is one of being willing to forgive and accept the return of a long departed love, if that love is true.  Check out “Welcome Back Home” here.

By Howard Dukes

Diane Mathis – “Welcome Back Home”

 

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