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Diane Louie
is a composer/lyricist and classically trained conductor with roots in every corner of the musical globe—from R&B to heavy metal, from electronica to country.

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Diane has worked with some of the most recognized names in the recording industry - Stevie Wonder, Lionel Hampton, Snoop Dogg, Tony Bennett, Kathleen Battle, Michael McDonald, Peabo Bryson, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Roberta Flack, Bob Dylan, Placido Domingo, Little Richard, Christina Aguilera and Brian Wilson, to name a few.

Diane Louie helped Stevie Wonder, a longtime musical associate, bring to life a commission from the Library of Congress. "Sketches of a Life", a 21-minute piece for chamber orchestra was performed for President and First Lady Obama in conjunction with Stevie's receipt of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Diane Louie led the Hip Hop Orchestra for The Harmony Project, an award-winning research based program that targets at-risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles. This program has been recognized by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities as one of the best youth and humanities programs in the nation.

Diane Louie has served as supervising orchestrator for The Tonight Show and other variety shows and specials such as American Idol, Grammys, The Voice, the Emmys and Kennedy Center Honors.

In over thirty years as a musical director, Diane Louie has helmed orchestras worldwide, including the London Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic. She has written songs and special material for the Academy Awards, Emmys, Grammys, Image Awards, Miss America, HBO's Happily Ever After, Fame and Friends.

In memory of the victims and heroes of 9/11, "Virtus Populi" premiered in Boston with Roberta Flack and the Boston Symphony, and a special "America the Beautiful" was televised from Ground Zero with Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and the Boys Choir of Harlem.

"Pearl", a musical co-written with Debbie Allen and James Ingram, debuted at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. "Dancing In the Wings", a ballet based on Allen's bestselling children's book, made its world premiere at the Kennedy Center, as did "Alex in Wonderland" and "Dreams".

Diane Louie completed the score for "The Way Forward", a film following the lives of three young people growing up in South Africa. The visionary work of futurist Jacque Fresco is highlighted in "Future by Design", a feature by Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker William Gazecki. She contributed to the scores for Fame, Baywatch, Friends, Cosby Show, the Jamie Foxx Special, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story and numerous TV series.

She is a songwriter and lyricist, with recordings by some of today's most popular artists. Christina Aguilera's "Stripped" DVD includes Louie's reworking of the multi-platinum hit "Genie in a Bottle".

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