About this Famous Person
American singer and actress
Source : Tim DOWLING
Warwick was born to parents Mancel Warrick, who began his career as a pullman porter, chef, a gospel record promoter for Chess Records and later a Certified Public Accountant; and Lee Drinkard Warrick (1921–2005), manager of a renowned family gospel group and RCA recording artists The Drinkard Singers in East Orange, New Jersey.
Dionne began singing gospel as a child at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey She performed her first gospel solo at the age of six and frequently joined The Drinkard Singers. Warwick's aunt Cissy Houston and sister Dee Dee Warwick also performed with the family group. Other family members include Dionne's brother, Mancel Warrick, Jr., who was killed in an accident in 1968 at the age of 21.
Her first televised performances were in the mid-and late 1950s with the Drinkard Singers on local television stations in New Jersey and New York City. Warwick grew up in a racially mixed middle-class neighborhood. She stated in an interview on The Biography Channel in 2002 that the neighborhood in East Orange "was literally the United Nations of neighborhoods. We had every nationality, every creed, every religion right there on our street." Warwick was untouched by the harsher aspects of racial intolerance and discrimination until her early professional career when she began touring nationally.
Warwick graduated from East Orange High School in 1959 and was awarded a Scholarship in Music Education to the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut (a school from which she earned her Doctorate of Music Education in 1973).