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"Winning Searchlight  really helped me realize that I am on the right path. It helped me drop the 'I'm not good enough comparisons,' all the things that I was doing before. And, once you get rid of some of that ... it cleared up space to let me be who I am." – Desiree Dawson
Canadian singer-songwriter Desirée Dawson is pleased to announce the release of her debut full length album “Wild Heart”, available everywhere February 24th via Vintage Currency Music. This is the first offering from Dawson, a 26-year-old Surrey, BC native who quickly garnered national attention when she was named the winner of CBC Music’s Searchlight Competition last May. Already released, the lead single and title-track from “Wild Heart” is currently climbing the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart.
STREAM the first single “WILD HEART” HERE
With a musicality so layered and complex, Dawson was chosen from over 2000 musical acts in CBC Music’s Searchlight Competition – an annual search for the best undiscovered voice in Canada. Strumming her faithful ukulele all the way to the top, Dawson amazed the judges and audience (in studio and at home) with a stunning performance of “Hide” during the finale – a national prime-time broadcast last spring.
A rich concoction self-penned by Dawson, “Wild Heart” is a strikingly beautiful album that combines honest lyricism, humble talent and an eclectic mix of musical instruments from Dawson’s signature ukulele to the piano and violin. An impassioned lyricist, Dawson deeply believes in the powerful impact music can have on connection and healing, and how it can shift and shape a person’s mood, day and interactions with themselves and others. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of artists and styles, her rundown of her most listened to artists is varied and diverse, and she credits Des’ree, Natalie Cole, Adele, Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé as just a few of her musical influences growing up.
WATCH a live performance of “Hide” on CBC q HERE
WATCH CBC Music’s First Play Live with Desiree Dawson HERE.
Following her Searchlight win, Dawson saw a ton of support from CBC, appearing on Canada’s leading arts and culture program “q” and performing at the annual CBC Music Festival in Toronto. Other live appearances included a stop at the Surrey Fusion Festival, as well as opening slots for blues legend Jim Byrnes and reggae sensation Jah9. Dawson has notably been featured in Canadian Musician magazine as well as the December issue of CBC Music magazine alongside some of Canada’s most prominent artists.
Thanks to RED UMBRELLA PR for the above announce.
Spring 2017 Tour Dates:
March 6th @ Moksha yoga, Saskatoon
March 7th @ Capitol Music Club, Saskatoon
March 13th @ Moksha yoga, Toronto
March 16th @ Relish Bar & Grill, Toronto
March 20th @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
March 26th @ My Yoga (teaching & singing), Sudbury
March 27th @ Fromagerie, Sudbury
March 30th @ Speakeasy, Sudbury
April 1st @ Allen Street Hardware Cafe, Buffalo, NY (USA)
April 7th @ Joe’s Place, Greenville, SC
April 10th @ Eddie’s Attic, Atlanta
April 15th @ Mansion’s, Sandy Springs, Atlanta
April 22nd @ Decatur yoga, Atlanta
1. Intro 2:23
2. Honeydew 4:31
3. Wild Heart 3:59
4. Hey Brother 4:45
5. Without Your Love 5:56
6. Haunted 4:47
7. Where Do We Go 4:11
8. Call You Up 5:23
9. Beautiful Life 5:02
10. Outro 4:39
11. Hide 3:46
12. !? 14:03
Production: Konrad Abramowicz pka Konrad OldMoney
Songwriters : Desirée Dawson/ Konrad Abramowicz
Composers : Desirée Dawson / Konrad Abramowicz
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