Diane Hinds: A Journey of Passion and Empowerment
Diane Hinds is a dynamic and flamboyant PR Director known for her exceptional talents in supporting a diverse range of domestic and international talents. Her career has been defined by her unwavering commitment to empowering independent writers and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the art of Public Relations. With a background deeply rooted in music PR, Diane’s expertise has transcended boundaries, benefiting clients in the operatic, literary, and mainstream realms.
Over the years, Diane has showcased her prowess in various arenas, but it was her rediscovery of her first passion during the Covid-19 pandemic that truly highlighted her multifaceted abilities. Amid the challenging times, Diane found solace and inspiration in radio, a medium she had initially embraced earlier in her journey. Fueling her passion, she embarked on a remarkable journey, interviewing a plethora of prominent individuals who have left an indelible mark on various industries.
As a testament to her dedication to continuous growth, Diane achieved a remarkable milestone at the age of 51 by earning her first degree, a Masters, in 2014. This achievement opened doors to new opportunities, including an invitation to join the esteemed University of Westminster as a Visiting Lecturer. In this capacity, she took on the responsibility of co-teaching the Campaigning & Persuasive Skills module within the BA: Public Relations & Advertising course. Her contributions played a pivotal role in upholding the course’s reputation as the UK’s premier PR program, as recognised by the Guardian League table in both 2015 and 2016.
Between 2014 and 2018, Diane’s expertise extended beyond the classroom. She became a Guest Visitor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she imparted her invaluable knowledge in PR Skills to aspiring writers. Her presence in the course “Personal Essay (Writing and Getting Published),” led by Victoria Zackheim, left an enduring impact on students.
Diane’s commitment to aiding authors extended beyond the realms of PR. She conceived and produced a series of instructional writing films for her client Anne Perry. The first of this series, “Put Your Heart On The Page: An Introduction To Writing,” found its place on platforms like Amazon. Its success led to the creation of subsequent films, such as “Plotting To Enrich Your Back Story.” These films not only garnered praise from industry experts but also earned recognition from institutions like the National Council of Libraries in the US, which lauded their value in creative writing curricula.
Furthermore, Diane’s enterprising spirit led her to craft her own short film, titled “How To Promote Your Book.” The film made its debut at Love Is Murder, 2015, in Chicago, marking the beginning of an exciting journey. Her engaging presentations and talks captivated audiences at libraries, literary festivals, and writer’s groups across the UK, as well as events across Southern Nevada and California.
Diane Hinds stands as a shining example of a passionate and empowered individual who has dedicated her life to fostering talent, promoting literature, and sharing her wealth of knowledge in the world of Public Relations. Her journey continues to inspire countless individuals to harness their potential and make their mark on the world.
Diane is mother to two adult children and lives with the condition Sickle Cell Disease.
Favourite film: Some Like It Hot
Favourite TV show: The Boys The actors that play Butcher (Karl Urban) and Homelander (Anthony Starr) are brilliant and believable. The show is all about Public Relations so that’s why I’m hooked.
Currently reading: Researching West Indian history so many books on Pirates, the Royal Navy and the Slave Trade.
Favourite Destination: Italy
Favourite Opera: Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Worst trait: I’m impatient and a chocoholic
Best trait: Empathy.
Favourite maxim: Anne Perry taught me this one “Wait until you learn that one thing more”.
The Soundtrack Chronicles – Diane Hinds in conversation with Barb Jungr
Welcome, music enthusiasts, to another captivating episode of Solar Radio’s “The Soundtrack Chronicles” series, where we delve into the musical journeys that have shaped the lives and careers of extraordinary artists. Today, we are honoured to feature Barb Jungr, a true luminary in the world of music. With a remarkable 45-year recording career, Barb stands as a multifaceted artist, celebrated for her prowess as a performer, writer, composer, and lyricist.
Renowned for her exceptional talents, Barb Jungr’s profound and passionate interpretive style has garnered critical acclaim, with the New York Times hailing her performances as “revelatory.” Boasting 18 solo albums, many released through Linn Records, her work has not only received exceptional reviews but has also earned her numerous awards worldwide.
In 2011, Barb’s achievements were recognized with the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best International Artist, and Time Out New York’s prestigious acknowledgment as the #1 Top Live Cabaret Act. Her distinctive singing style defies easy categorization, earning her comparisons like “It’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave had a lovechild who was adopted by Carmen McCrae,” as aptly put by Glam Adelaide.
Her latest album, “My Marquee,” released in June 2023, adds another chapter to her illustrious career, preceded by a live EP of Leonard Cohen songs titled “Bob, Brel, and Me” in November 2022. Jungr’s unique talent extends to reinterpreting the songbooks of legendary artists like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, and Jacques Brel, shaping what has come to be known as the New American Songbook.
Barb Jungr’s career is marked by the deconstruction and reconstruction of popular songs, as well as her unique musical arrangements that provide fresh insights into familiar music. Collaborating with musicians such as John McDaniel, she consistently pushes the boundaries of her art.
Beyond her role as a performer, Barb shines as a lyricist and composer, showcasing her creative prowess in Christmas shows like “Charlie Cook and His Favourite Book,” “The Smartest Giant in Town,” and “The Pixie and the Pudding,” all scheduled for December 2023. Her versatility and creative spirit are further underscored by her contributions to children’s theatre productions and adaptations.
Hailing from Rochdale with Czech and German heritage, Barb Jungr’s musical journey began early with the violin and mandolin, eventually leading to her recording career with CBS in the late 1970s. Having toured the world, collaborated with renowned musicians, and graced radio and television, her eclectic vocal style seamlessly blends jazz, blues, soul, and more, influenced by a diverse range of musical traditions.
In the world of music, Barb Jungr’s impact as an artist and interpreter of iconic songs cannot be overstated. Her transformative and genre-defying performances continue to captivate audiences, and her artistry remains a beacon of critical acclaim. Join us as we uncover the soundtrack of Barb Jungr’s extraordinary life and career.
The Soundtrack Chronicles – Diane Hinds in conversation with Patrice Isley’s Women In Music
“Patrice Isley’s Women in Music.”
In this podcast Patrice Isley and Diane HInds embark on a captivating journey through the annals of music history, celebrating the trailblazing women who have left an indelible mark on the industry. This show is not just a tribute; it’s a heartfelt homage to the voices and stories that have often been overlooked but are essential to understanding the rich tapestry of music.
In the spotlight are extraordinary women like Maime Smith, whose powerful vocals resonated with audiences of her time, yet who, like so many early recording artists, never received the royalties they deserved, often facing lives of hardship and obscurity. We pay tribute to the soul-stirring Mahalia Jackson, the iconic Lena Horne, the formidable Big Momma Thornton, the incomparable Nina Simone, and the angelic Minnie Riperton. Their voices transcended eras, inspiring generations to come.
But this show is more than just a tribute; it’s a reminder of the struggles these women faced, the challenges they overcame, and the paths they paved for future stars like Beyoncé, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, and Rihanna. Their resilience and talent have shaped the music industry into what it is today.
As we celebrate Black History Month, “Patrice Isley’s Women in Music” invites you to join us on a poignant and inspiring journey, where we honor the past, acknowledge the present, and look forward to the future. It’s a musical voyage that underscores the enduring strength, creativity, and legacy of these extraordinary women. So, sit back, relax, and let the melodies and stories of these incredible artists wash over you. Thank you for joining us on this musical odyssey tonight.
The Soundtrack Chronicles – Diane Hinds in conversation with Lauraine McIntosh
Join us for an exclusive chat with the music industry luminary, Lauraine McIntosh! Former lead singer of The Cool Notes, she’s lent her incredible talent to chart-toppers like Jamiroquai and the UK top five hit, “Don’t Make Me Wait” with Bomb The Bass.
From “Spend The Night” to “Love Is a Freaky Thing,” Lauraine’s musical journey is an incredible tale of hits and collaborations.
Her vocals have graced the stage and studio with legends like Rod Stewart, Jamiroquai, Mary J Blige, and more.
Stay tuned for insights into her remarkable career! #MusicLegend #LauraineMcIntosh #ExclusiveInterview