It didn't take a psychic to tell ITK that Dionne Warwick would appear on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Just a press release.
The Grammy-winning artist and host of the popular "Psychic Friends Network" infomercials in the 1990s will be lobbying in support of the Performance Rights Act (PRA), which seeks to guarantee that musicians get paid when their songs are played on the radio.
The issue is understandably important to Warwick, who recorded dozens of Billboard chart hits during a musical career that spanned more than three decades, including classics like "Walk on By," which still gets plenty of radio airplay today.
This is Warwick's second visit to Capitol Hill on behalf of the PRA, and she'll help kick-off the performers' rights group MusicFIRST's 2010 campaign.
"Dionne has been involved with MusicFIRST since the beginning, and she came to Washington more than a year ago to raise awareness [of the issue]," a MusicFIRST spokesman told ITK. "Now that we've moved the Performance Rights Act through both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, we're gearing up to take things to the next level."
MusicFIRST will also launch a new TV ad at the event, but the details are hush-hush. There were, unfortunately, no psychics available at press time.