Tuesday, July 24, 2007

DAWN SEARS - Country Royalty

I spent alot of time today listening to one of my favorite country female vocalists... DAWN SEARS.
While not a household name yet, she sure should be!
Dawn began her career with Warner Brothers Records with the single "San Antone", followed by her debut album, "What A Woman Wants To Hear". Released in 1991 this was an awesome debut for the country girl from Minnesota. Every track is pure country. Sadly, "San Antone" didn't fair well at radio so it was not included on the album. The next single "Good Goodbye" made a splash with a fun video. "He's In Dallas" is a stellar performance of a classic song that was later covered by Reba McEntire & Linda Davis. Other standout tracks include "Old-Fashioned Broken Heart", "Odds and Ends", and the title track. Dawn left Warner Brothers after only one album.
Dawn was the first signing to the newly resurrected Decca Nashville label in 1994. The liner notes she writes for "Nothin' But Good" say it all... "What you hear is straight from my heart, What you see is nothin' fancy.. well, except for my hair. I dye it to color the gray! Thank God for Clairol! Other than that, I'm just like anyone else. The folks at DECCA have let me be me on this album and I thank them for that. I'm really proud of it." With the release of this album I first had the chance to meet Dawn. What a super lady! Her years between Warners & Decca were spent touring with Nashville legend Vince Gill. She continued to tour with Vince and had a featured spot in his show to showcase her album. Again this album is pure country. She really didn't sound like the other cookie cutter females emerging from Nashville. "Runaway Train" was the 1st single and was accompanied by a rockin' video. Decca next chose "Nothin' But Good" to release for a follow up single. Neither single charted very high and another excellent album was overlooked. "Little Orphan Annie" will break your heart, a self penned track about the loss of her parents.
Once again Dawn was without a label but she continued to tour with Vince Gill. She was signed to a off shoot of A&M Records Nashville but the label closed before she released any material. It seemed like the world would never get to know just what they were missing by not hearing Dawn Sears sing. Dawn & husband Kenny also became parents and began working together with the group The Time Jumpers.
Then out of nowhere.... Dawn launched a website and released a new CD on her own! Simply tiltled "Dawn Sears", this is her BEST project yet! Highlights include a duet with Country Legend Connie Smith, "Unmitigated Gall", "My Ears Should Burn(When Fools Are Talked About)", "No Place To Fall" and "The Lonely In Me".
Dawn's first 2 albums are out of print but can often be found on e-Bay. "Dawn Sears" is available on cdbaby and can also be downloaded on iTunes. If you enjoy good country music, check these albums out.


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halieoliver@yahoo.com said...

I lOoOoOove her! Is there some way to hear her single "San Antone"?