Dionne Warwick’s musical roots run deep.

Her father promoted gospel and her mother managed a gospel group comprised of her aunts and uncles.

At age 14 Warwick – with her sister and cousin – formed The Gospelaires, a trio that sang at local churches, college campuses and African American theatres.

They gained widespread recognition – winning an amateur contest at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York.

In 1959, Warwick received a music scholarship to the University of Hartford in Connecticut. It was here that the famed composer and music conductor, Burt Bacharach heard her sing.

Together the two produced and recorded hit after hit. The first one being – Don’t Make Me Over.