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Dawn Wilder
Dawn Wilder
2 Top 100
5 Tracks
Alternative, country, rock, pop,
What can I say. Listen to my music and you will know a lot about who I am.
Band/artist history
Dawn Wilder was born in Manhattan. She began acting and singing lessons at the age of 6, and at 14 she appeared in the Off Broadway productions of Runaways and The Me Nobody Knows. After graduating high school at 16, Dawn attended The American Musical And Dramatic Academy in Manhattan where she was discovered by Rob Freeman. The producer of Blondie and The Go Gos was highly impressed with her singing ability and went on to record several songs with her, Sweet Sweet Love being Dawns debut single age 17. The chance to study in England came when Dawn was 18 and while attending The British Theatre Association in London, she was picked to perform at such prominent venues, as Xenons and The London Palladium. Upon returning to New York in 1987, Dawn began working in film and television and after landing a role as a Nurse on One Life To Live, she joined AFTRA, SAG and The Actors Equity Association. Since then, Dawn has appeared in numerous films as well as the television series Dreamstreet. In addition, due to her striking resemblance to Susan Sarandon, Dawn was featured in Ladies Home Journal among other magazines as a photo double for the Award winning, doe eyed actress. In 1988 Dawn toured with "The Boxtops" and played The Palace Station in Las Vegas. Dawns talent for entertaining led her to try her hand at stand-up comedy and she proved to be a natural! Throughout 1989 she kept audiences laughing at Catch a Rising Star, Stand Up New York, and The Improv in both New York and LA. In 1995, this multi-talented performer was drawn back to her first love, music. Following her heart, she sat down and wrote 3 country songs, which she then recorded and produced and sent off to RCA Records. Joe Galante, President of RCA, called her at home a week later and suggested that with her beautiful, fresh sound and obvious writing skills, she should head to Nashville. Dawn moved to Nashville in 1995 and was immediately offered a contract to record five songs with Poppin John Music. Arista recording artist, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, sang harmonies on the recordings, all five of which were very well received in the industry. It was from this success, that Dawn began co-writing with many of the A list songwriters such as Jane Bach(The Last One To Know) Tony Stampley(Houston We Have A Problem) Tommy Barnes(Indian Outlaw). Within a year , she had produced four more songs with Polygram Publishing. In 1997 Dawn landed a lead role at Chaffins Theatre, Nashville in a pre-Broadway trial production of the new musical Clue. The Tenneseean said I dont know which is sexier, Dawnor her voice. In 1998 Dawn moved to Key West where she continued to write and perform and in 2002 she was inspired to write a one woman show titled Double Standards. Costume Designer, Sushi (featured in The New York Times) was called upon to help create the costumes and the show ran for several months playing to sold out crowds. Dawn has used her phenomenal musical talents to raise money and awareness for causes close to her heart. She has headlined at Bourbon Street for Womenfest, 2 years in a row and in 2003, Dawn opened for Kansas at Freedom Fest in Windsor, Canada. For the last 2 years she has been the headliner in Reno at the El Dorado Hotel for The Ronald McDonald House Annual Fundraiser and in May of 2005 Dawn performed her original song Cry of The Sea for the international organization Reef Relief at The Southernmost Mansion in Key West. Dawn Wilder has spent her whole life entertaining, whether with her unique vocal talents, her distinctive song writing skills, her exceptional acting ability or her hilarious comic gift. A versatile performer who is as much at home on the London stage performing serious drama as she is in her neighborhood bar in Key West singing pop classics and originals to the locals and 3 million tourist alike. A true all rounder, whose undeniable talents have been proven by her accomplishments over the last 15 years as a professional entertainer. The Key West Citizen says She has the voice of an angel...The crowds just love her...shes great on stage, and even better when she comes out into the audience. Dawn says, When you do what you love to do, you just cant go wrong.
Your musical influences
James Taylor, The Beatles, Patsy Cline, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Suzy Bogguss, The Judds, Trisha Yearwood, The Indigo Girls, The Pretenders, Sarah Mclachlan, Patty Loveless Dolly PArton
Anything else?
Now a bit of non music info!! I have had tons of jobs in mylife before the universe blessed me with a chance to earn my living as a singer. Aside from the usual table waiting (which I am NO good at! It is really hard!), bartending, etc, I was a flight attendant for American Airlines for 9 years, I have been a dive mate, sold artwork, and lots of other strange jobs. The best job that I ever had, was as a dolphin trainer for 2 years at The Dolphin Research Center. Sadly I have only one phot of me taken for a christmas picture. If I can find it Iwillpost it here. The job was incredible, but it eventually became difficult for me to be around these amazing creatures in captivity. I was divorced in 2002 after 14 years with the same man. It was harder than hell, and the pain brought about some great songs and changed my life. More on that soon.
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