Pop, Jazz & Country - The Songs
Dawn's soulful songs have been recorded by some of the great pop, jazz and country artists, like Faith Hill, Anita Baker, James Ingram, Lorrie Morgan, and others.
Faith Hill recorded Dawn's most popular song, "If I'm Not In Love" on her seven time platinum selling album entitled, "BREATHE", released in 1999.
Earth, Wind & Fire released Dawn's song, Spend The Night, in the early 90's on their "MILLENIUM" album. Her song was a radio single, charting 26 on Billboard's Top 40 R&B charts.
"If I'm Not In Love", was included in the movie, "CHASING LIBERTY", starring Mandy Moore and Mark Harmon in 2004. See the video clip.
"If I'm Not In Love" was also recorded by Dawn and released on the INDECENT PROPOSAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK in 1993.
Lorrie Morgan, on her GREATER NEED album, released in 1996, recorded two of Dawn's songs, which are "By My Side" and "Greater Need". "By My Side", was a duet that Lorrie sang with Jon Randall. The song was a single release, and Lorrie and Jon won DUO OF EVENT OF THE YEAR at the CMT awards for the recording.
Jazz legend, Irma Thomas known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans", recorded Dawn's song, "Story of My Life" in 1997.
In the early 90's, Dawn was co-producing her songs with Scott Sheriff. The demos were so compelling, they caught the interest of a major record label and, thanks to Carla Berkowitz (Ondrasik), Dawn was signed to a record deal with Elektra Records in 1993.
While recording the album, she worked with some of the top producers, engineers, and performers in the business like, Tommy LiPuma, Bill Schnee, Al Schmidt, Vinnie Caiuta, Nathan East, Michael Brecker, David Pack of Ambrosia, Maurice White & Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire, and others.
After the project was complete, no one seemed to like the final mastered album as much as they did the demos. In fact, her demo version of the song, If I'm Not In Love, was chosen for the Indecent Proposal movie soundtrack, instead of the album version that Elektra produced. The Elektra album was never released.
Dawn was devastated by the Elektra project and felt emotionally unstable and alone in L.A. She decided to return to Nashville to settle and regroup.
In 1994 - 2003, she lived and worked between Nashville and Bristol, TN, with her friend and companion, Ann Rowell, but she was never able to thrive there like she had been used to. Despite writing and recording songs like, Almost Christmas Time, It Don't Matter, We Need Each Other, and others, her music was falling on deaf ears.
After returning from L.A. she wasn't considered a country singer, and not entirely welcomed into the Nashville country music community.
Needing emotional support and inspiration, in 2004 - 2005, she moved back to Pensacola, FL to be near her family. After much self discovery and improvement, Dawn returned to her fundamental beliefs. Still seeking the mystery that is God, she has chosen to accept the forgiveness and pardon of Jesus Christ. She also re-discovered her love for tennis and is passionately involved in the Pensacola tennis community, which has led her to a whole new world of friends.
Still in Pensacola as of 2018, she is thriving. She lives with and enjoys the companionship of her two best friends, Bill and Cherrie Rankin, and writes and records out of the house there in her beautiful studio. All of her recordings are released on her own label, A Timeless Company, Inc.