KELSEY KLASSEN

EDITOR | JOURNALIST | MUSICIAN
My interview with Grammy and Academy award-winning singer Jennifer Warnes, from touring the world with Leonard Cohen twice, to discovering Youtube for the first time.
As Johnny pulled Baby into his embrace, chest heaving, his eyes dropping to linger on her lips, Jennifer Warnes was standing in a recording room, surrounded by a bowing, plucking, rasping orchestra. She sang “I’ve had the time of my life” as the famous dirty dance silently unfolded on a towering two-storey screen before her. The scene-defining duet with Bill Medley went on to win the 1987 Academy Award for best original song. While neither the movie (she doesn’t watch them), nor the awards (she doesn’t know where to put them), have ever moved Warnes much, the music has. Or rather, the connection it brings.
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My interview with Grammy and Academy award-winning singer Jennifer Warnes, from touring the world with Leonard Cohen twice, to discovering Youtube for the first time.

As Johnny pulled Baby into his embrace, chest heaving, his eyes dropping to linger on her lips, Jennifer Warnes was standing in a recording room, surrounded by a bowing, plucking, rasping orchestra. She sang “I’ve had the time of my life” as the famous dirty dance silently unfolded on a towering two-storey screen before her. The scene-defining duet with Bill Medley went on to win the 1987 Academy Award for best original song. While neither the movie (she doesn’t watch them), nor the awards (she doesn’t know where to put them), have ever moved Warnes much, the music has. Or rather, the connection it brings.

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