Black Excellence: Dionne Warwick

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Musical Muses

Dionne Warwick grew up in East Orange, New Jersey, to a family of music-lovers and music-makers (Cissy and Whitney Houston are her cousins) and tackled her first gospel solo at the age of six. The sound of music was everywhere and, in 1958, she graduated from high school with a scholarship in Music Education to the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. That same year, Warwick, along with her sister, Delia “Dee Dee" Warwick, started their own gospel group called The Gospelaires. 

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