At the Canadian Music Awards in Hamilton, Ontario, Diane presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for Lyricist Gene Lees (best known for Corcovado and Song For Debbie, and lyrics for Antonio Jobim) and sang one of his favorite songs, I Love To Watch Things Grow with Jazz Pianist Don Thompson of Ontario, Canada. The late Dr. Ralph Manzo was quoted as saying, "Diane Stevenett has a World Voice" and the Hit Singer/Songwriter Linda Laurie as saying, "Diane Stevenett has the Voice of an Angel".
Artist, Singer & Producer, Diane Stevenett, grew up in a large family on a farm in Alberta, Canada where art & music were the center of their lives. She won her first singing award at the age of 8, in a hometown talent show in Innisfail, Alberta. At 15, Diane was named Grand Award Winner & Most Promising Female Competitor of the Kiwanis Music Festival in conjunction with the Toronto Conservatory of Music. Her first role was at 16, as Laura in the musical Oklahoma, performing on stage with her father Ted, as Sheriff. At 18, Diane moved to Calgary, Alberta where she made her debut with The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede and continued her vocal studies with her vocal coach Madame Paulina Savridi at the University of Calgary, Alberta. The eldest of nine brothers and sisters, Diane helped produce The Singing Stevenett’s, who performed for The Alberta Summer Games, and later at The Marriott Center, & TV Christmas Special Holiday At Snowbird in Utah.
From Cheney, Washington, Dr. Ralph Manzo recruited Diane on full scholarship to the Music Department of Eastern Washington University, where she studied voice with Dr. Manzo and toured with a group called The Collegians. Diane later transferred to Brigham Young University, where she received her Bachelors & Master of Fine Arts degree. In the mid-80’s, Diane married Cinematographer Frank Harris and moved to Los Olivos, California where they produced feature movies for the Film Industry. Diane studied with vocal coach Madame Marina Koshetz of Malibu, owned three Art Galleries, produced numerous Musical Events & Concerts, performed extensively for ten years with Opera Santa Barbara, and in concert with legendary Pianists Emile Pandolfi, Roger Kellaway, Don Thompson, Renee Hamaty, Guitarist James Edwards, and was a featured Actress/Performer in numerous productions with Santa Barbara REVELS.
Diane has been a Guest Artist with Speaking of Stories, performing Maya Angelou’s The Reunion and featured as Who’s Hot in Santa Barbara magazine The Independent, and a notable local personality of TV & Radio Commercials/Jingles, Modeling & Charity Events. In a Benefit for her non-profit Young At Heart at the Historic Lobero Theatre of Santa Barbara, Diane performed with Music Hall of Famer Jeff Barry, Jazz Legends Roger Kellaway & Joey Bushkin, and Film Legend Jane Russell.