All photos by Tony Gibson.

Singer and songwriter Marisa Corvo (left). Songwriter and guitarist Anthony Krizan (middle).

Singer and songwriter Marisa Corvo (left). Songwriter and guitarist Anthony Krizan (middle).

Grammy award-winning songwriter Diane Warren received the Impact Award at this year’s festival. One of the more prolific and successful contemporary songwriters today, Warren was honored for her using the power of her pen to create songs that make people think and to raise awareness about critical social issues.

Left to right: Marisa Corvo, Sheila Johnson, Dianne Warren, Anthony Krizan.

Left to right: Marisa Corvo, Sheila Johnson, Dianne Warren, Anthony Krizan.

She has received nine Academy Award nominations for original songs such as “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now.” Musical Director Anthony Krizan, songwriter and former lead guitarist for the Spin Doctors, gathered a talented group of performers to rock the house for the Diane Warren Concert and Tribute on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The 2018 Impact Award winner Dianne Warren took the stage during the concert to perform with the band. Band members included Krizan as Musical Director, Guitar, Background Vocals; Marisa Corvo, Lead Vocals; Muddy Shews, Bass Guitar; Chuggy Carter, Percussion; Eitan Levine, Keyboards; Lou Petto, Drums; Julie Baldassare, Background Vocals; and Tracy Sousa, Background Vocals.

The 2018 Impact Award winner Dianne Warren took the stage during the concert to perform with the band. Band members included Krizan as Musical Director, Guitar, Background Vocals; Marisa Corvo, Lead Vocals; Muddy Shews, Bass Guitar; Chuggy Carter, Percussion; Eitan Levine, Keyboards; Lou Petto, Drums; Julie Baldassare, Background Vocals; and Tracy Sousa, Background Vocals.

Band members were working out the last minute details during the 1 a.m. rehearsal for Diane Warren Concert and Tribute on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of Pete Bonis.

Band members were working out the last minute details during the 1 a.m. rehearsal for Diane Warren Concert and Tribute on Oct. 20. Photo courtesy of Pete Bonis.

This article first appeared in the November 2018 issue of Middleburg Life.