Diana Ross might be tapping top pop producer Mark Ronson to head up her next album. Billboard reported that on Monday night (June 24th) during the Q&A portion of her TD Toronto Jazz Festival concert, the former-Supreme told the crowd: "I'm getting ready to go in the studio and do another album and I want to do songs from where I am at, at this point in time in my life because I feel so incredibly grateful and appreciative of you. . . I don't want to sing the blues. I want to sing songs that really speak to. . . my life, and optimism, and positive (sic)."
She went on to say, "So I met with this really incredible producer. His name is Mark Ronson. And he is such a doll. He's so humble. I said, 'How do you feel after winning an Academy Award?' And he went, 'Next.' He's ready to go to work. He's lovely, lovely."
Mark Ronson won the best original song Oscar for "Shallow," which he co-wrote with Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, and Anthony Rossomando. Ronson — the stepson of Foreigner's Mick Jones — is best known for his work with Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Queens Of The Stones Age, Rufus Wainwright, and Paul McCartney, among many others.
Diana Ross told us that while on the road, she goes to great lengths to preserve her voice for each night's performance: ["If I have to do interviews all day and then think I'm going to get on the stage and do a two-hour show, it's hard. Y'know I try to steam my throat (and) y'know take care of my throat, but talking is just as hard as singing."] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . hard as singing)
Diana Ross performs tonight (June 26th) at Lancaster, Pennsylvania's American Music Theatre.