Love, Life & Strings

Diane Shaw - Love, Life & Strings
6th June 2015
Diane Shaw
Mecca Records - MCR1402LP, MCR1402CD
Producer: Andy Birkinshaw

1  Leave A Little Love  3:41
2  Never Been Hurt  3:05
3  These Tears Are Real  3:26
4  Good Lovin’ Man  3:29
5  Don’t Promise Me Sunshine  4:59
That Thing You Do  5:13
7  You Let Him Get Away  3:24
8  I Go To Pieces  3:38
9  Today I Started Loving You  3:30
10  No More Love To Give  3:56
11  Say A Little Prayer (String Mix)  3:43
12  I Go To Pieces (String Mix)  3:39
13  That Thing You Do (Radio Edit)  3:49


Best Soul Album of the 21st Century”  Tower Records, Tokyo, Japan ✭✭✭✭✭

The vocals sublime, the production exquisite  Craig Charles, BBC Radio 2 ✭✭✭✭✭

Debut Album of the Year.…truly intoxicating  Lois Wilson, MOJO Magazine ✭✭✭✭ 

(MCR1402CD) CD   Sorry..SOLD OUT
(MCR1402LP) Vinyl LP   Sorry..SOLD OUT
Digital Download Available HERE

NO.1 in UK Soul Charts for 2 weeks
NO.1 Amazon R&B/Soul New Release Chart
TOP 30 Soul Album releases in the US in 2015

CD Foreword:

After 20 years performing on stage alongside Soul Legends such as Tito Jackson, The Stylistics, Martha Reeves, Sister Sledge, Eddie Holman, George McCrae, Alexander O’Neal and many more, in 2015 Diane Shaw finally took her turn in the spotlight and brought her own debut album set, encompassing everything she has learned from the masters, keeping that old school soul sound alive and delivering it to a new generation. Recorded as it was back in the old days, to analogue tape and with full orchestration of over thirty musicians, producing future classic soul songs with a sound that appears as fresh in an old soul playlist as it does on modern day commercial radio. The album went on to receive rave reviews worldwide including Tower Records in Tokyo Japan calling it ‘The Best Soul Album of the 21st Century’. Further accolades followed:

“A contender for Debut Album of the Year…a set of beautifully crafted ballads and dancers…delicious Motown styled horns and strings… Shaw’s sweet but strong vocal delivery, think Brenda Holloway, is truly intoxicating ”   Lois Wilson,  Record Collector/ MOJO Magazine ✭✭✭✭✰

 “..the ease with which she soars and dips, shimmers and explodes….a voice that’s strong pure, gutsy and mellow…. sweet, smooth and unpretentious..the song left me absolute gem in construction and delivery”  Sharon Davis (Motown UK, Blues & Soul, ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✰

 “…sounds like a lost artefact that’s been languishing in Motown’s vaults for 45 years……Destined to be one of the best Soul LPs of 2015″  Charles Waring, Soul&Jazz& ✭✭✭✭✭



Read the BLOG post ‘Debut Album hits #1 Spot


Reviews (110)


Four Tops - Broadway Theatre 8/16/19

Andy Coulson
Hi Diane, Came to see you at the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough last night with the Four Tops. I thought you were fantastic and wish you had of been given more time. Will definitely be coming to see you again. Thank you

Seen Diane twice May 29, 2017 

Carol Durrant
Seen Diane twice Love ❤️ her voice, she gives more than 100% . First time just wow dressed in her Red outfit (then later shoes off lol) amazing . Have to wait for October now will truly be worth it x x ?

Rick & Cath's Wedding Anniversary 27th November 2017

Gavin Hutchinson
Hi Andy Thanks for a great night on Friday the party was a great success and was enjoyed by all especially Rick & Cath who's Golden Wedding party it was.  I have spoke to and seen many of the party goers since Friday & their first comment is "what a great band".  Please pass on my thanks to Diane & the Band for the superb and very professional performance which I have no doubt made it a night to remember for all. Hope to see you again soon as I have had a couple of inquiries about the band in respect of up & coming wedding parties. Kind Regards Gavin Hutchinson

Wedding of Lottie & Alex 26/09/2016

Lottie & Alex Hunter
Dear Andy and Diane, We truly cannot thank you enough for absolutely taking the evening part of our wedding by storm on 10th September. It was one hell of an awesome show you guys put on and we loved every single second of your set. The dance floor was over-flowing from start to finish which very rarely happens at weddings! I for one couldn't stop dancing away. We also really appreciate you learning and singing some of our favourite tracks over and above what you had already planned. We had so many people come up to us, asking who were our incredible band.  So big thanks from us both for putting the icing on the cake to the best day of our lives. We haven't stopped re-living every moment since, and now we are back from honeymoon, the reality of normal life seems rather dull! I have attached a photo from our photographer of us up on stage with you, doing our 'First Song' - which I think went surprisingly well?! Hope you enjoyed yourselves and would love to know when you're next playing in London. Very best and many thanks again Lottie & Alex xx

Butlns Skegness Northern Soul Weekender 9/26/16

Mark Holden
Dear Diane. Not long been home from Butlns Skegness. My 3rd year running. You guys are fantastic. And with all my heart. I would like to thank you and all your band. For everything you do for us and the music we love. You guys are a class act. The first time i came. I came to watch you perform in the afternoon. WOW. You blew me away. And i am not ashamed to admit. You actually brought a tear to my eye. When you play down near Milton Keynes. I definitely will come to watch you and your amazing band. My highlight this year. Anyway dont want to write a letter lol. Once again. Thank you Regards Mark Holden KTF

Wedding Branston Hall 8/6/16

Tracy Thomas
Hi Diane and Andy - hope you're both keeping well, I can't believe it's been over 5 years now since you performed at our wedding at Branston Hall in Lincolnshire, where does the time go ? Hope to see you again soon x bestest wishes and love from Tracy xx

BBC Radio Lancashire 05/01/2016

Dave Swanton
Hi, I am a BBC Radio Presenter and regularly play Diane’s music on my shows. Please could you send me a signed photo for my studio wall? Thanks for the CD you sent through last year it has had some serious plays! Thanks in hope, Dave

Hideaway Jazz Club London 3/6/16

Myrette MacIntyre
Diane so nice to see you and listen to your music tonite in the Hideaway Jazz Club in Streatham. I brought my sister in law June and her husband. Both musicians. My partner Charles loved it too. Best of everything to you. X

GER Club 6/5/16

Keith Evans
Thanks for a brilliant night at the GER Diane. You and the band for as awesome as ever. X Keith

Corporate Event CJam Group 23/05/2016

Trudi @ CJam Group Ltd
Hi Andy A big thank you to you and Diane for the show on Friday night.  All went really well and everyone loved Diane. Hope to work with you again soon Regards Trudi