Allee Willis, a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, performer, visual artist, multimediaist, director, collector, social artist, and party thrower, will be inducted into the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. Willis is the only woman to be inducted this year.
“I’m overjoyed and elated to enter the hallowed halls of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame,” said Willis. “As someone who writes completely from instinct, both music and lyrics, and having never even learned how to play an instrument, it’s exhilarating to know the passion and soul I put into songwriting has been recognized. Music has saved my life since I was a kid. It’s a gift to be able to do something that’s filled with such joyous rhythm and vibrations and that makes the whole world happier. I’m a lucky gal indeed!”
Willis’ songs have sold over 60,000,000 records, including Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” and “Boogie Wonderland,” The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance,” Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield’s “What Have I Done To Deserve This,” Patti LaBelle’s “Stir It Up,” the Grammy and Tony-winning Broadway musical, The Color Purple, the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, and “I’ll Be There for You,” the Friends theme and arguably the biggest TV theme song of all time.
Called “the most interesting woman you’ve never heard of” (The Washington Post), Willis has collaborated with the likes of Bob Dylan, James Brown, and Herbie Hancock; she won Best Soundtrack GRAMMY for Beverly Hills Cop, co-authored the Oprah Winfrey-produced Tony and Grammy-winning Broadway musical The Color Purple, and was nominated for an Emmy for “I’ll Be There for You,” the Friends theme song.
Willis just finished up a massive project in her hometown of Detroit, where she debuted her magically funky, soulful, and inspiring new anthem for the city, “The D”, a song recorded over the course of five years with over 5,000 Detroit natives and celebrities. She premiered it, alongside an accompanying micro-documentary, before over 3,000 people at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Willis, has also received a “Spirit of Detroit” award and an official “Testimonial Resolution” from the City Council for her work on behalf of Detroit to date, and has worked closely with Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit for years.
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For more information on “The D” visit: http://www.alleewillislovesdetroit.com/
Video of Allee Willis parties — http://alleewillis.com/alleeparties/