Kimberley Dawn's soulful voice and engaging lyrics garnered a faithful following with the release of her first album "Lily" in 2000, inspired by her late Grandma.
Kimberley's infectious personality allows her to uniquely connect with each individual audience member when she performs, touching teens, adults, women and men alike...of all ages. Her uplifting, pop-country style and love for performing comes across at diverse engagements, from community events, festivals, healing conferences to Skydome-size spectacles.
"This vivacious voluptuous versatile vixen has one of the most heart rending vocalizations in the music industry today", said the Thunder Voice News of this rising talent.
Based in Winnipeg and the eldest of three from a Metis family, Kimberley's passion for singing has been evident since childhood. (She first graced the stage at age four at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.) The success of "Lily" reinforced her gift, and she proceeded to record "I'm Going Home", her second album, written by Billy Simard and produced by Craig Fotheringham. "I'm Going Home" was honored with the prestigious CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award at the 2003 Aboriginal Music Awards.
The Winnipeg Sun said of "I'm Going Home," "Home is where the heart break is for singer Kimberley Dawn. With a big voice equally capable of belting out gritty blues or selling melancholy melodies Dawn delivers 10 slices of twangy roots rockers last call balladry and heartfelt passion in the vein of early Jan Arden."
"Healing Jane" her third album, produced with dear friend Jane Chartrand won "Best Produced Album" at the 2004 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and was selected as a finalist for "Best Aboriginal Album" at the 2005 Indian Summer Music Awards which takes place in Milwaukee. She also won Song Single of the Year at the 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. In addition, "Healing Jane" was selected as a Finalist for Best Aboriginal Album at the 2005 Western Canadian Music Awards.
In 2006, "I'm Going Home" won for Best Country Album at the Indian Summer Music Awards, and her unforgettable Video "One by One" was honoured with a Best Video nomination at the Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Awards in November 2006.
Kimberley's singles have ranked as #1 Hits on the Country 100 Charts, including "My Spirit Flies", "Saying Good By to the Blues", "Sorry Won't Do" and "Return to Madawaska".
She has headlined performances along with the likes of music legend, Randy Bachman, Ray St. Germain (she joined him on the Metis Express, one of her career highlights to date), Doc Walker, The Waking Eyes, C-Weed, and Wayne Lavalee. Her diverse artistic influences include: The Beatles, Elvis, ABBA, Jan Arden, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Stevie Nicks and Cher.
She is currently recording her fourth album, in between touring dates, which will be released internationally. Song single of the year"Spirit of our People" is right ranked # 1 on the National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown heard throughout Western Canada , The Yukon and the Northwest Territories on NCI FM.
Beyond her impressive recording and performing career, Kimberley has provided the voice for the character "Turtle" since 2004 (a 400 year-old turtle who represents truth) on the hit children’s television show "Tipi Tales" broadcast nationally on APTN and YTV.
Kimberley can also be heard around the world on the airwaves of QX 104 Fm. She hosts your weekends. Check it out at www.qx104fm.com.
Kimberley is an approachable yet seasoned performer, who has honed her skills alongside some of Canada's best and is destined to hit it big in the International spotlight.
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Manitoba Artists Earn Nods from Native American Music Awards, Indian Summer Music Awards
[Billy Joe Green]
Five Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba have landed nominations from the Native American Music Awards (NAMA) and Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA).
The nominations for 16th annual NAMA gala, which takes place September 17 in New York State, includes four local artists. Country singer/songwriter Kimberley Dawn is a double nominee for Til The Cowboys Come Home, which earned her nominations for Best Female Vocalist and Best Country Recording. Classical singer Rhonda Head added another to her growing list of accolades with a nod for Best Historical/Linguistic Recording for 500 Years. Legendary country/rock act C-Weed picked up a nod for Best Country Recording for Last Ride. Renowned bluesman Billy Joe Green landed a nomination for Best Blue Recording for his latest, Swingin’ Tomahawk.
Nominations for the ISMA were also recently announced, including three nods for Indian City for its song “One Day”. Kimberley Dawn and Rhonda Head also picked up ISMA nominations in the country and spiritual categories, respectively. Indian City and Rhonda Head are set to perform at the ISMA awards show, which takes place during Milwaukee’s popular Indian Summer Festival on September 10.
“The country music of today has evolved into a new sound, and NOW Country 104.7 will be committed to presenting and supporting modern country music,”
Kimberley Dawn will launch the station’s new morning show on Monday, July 25, airing weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Popular NCI-FM personality Brian Cook, from NOW’s sister station, will host the afternoon show from 1-6 p.m.
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Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year
at the 2015 Manitoba Country Music Awards
Kimberley Dawn is a powerful voice. To her friends, her powerful voice is known for speaking out for people or communities in need. To Manitoba radio listeners, that same powerful voice is known for her on air antics – sharing both informative and “always entertaining” information in current community and music news as a radio DJ at both NCI FM and QX104 throughout the years. But most of all, to her music family and fan base – she is known for her powerhouse vocals as the incredible artist that she is!
This multi award winning Aboriginal singer has been a fighter and a survivor in this ever changing music industry. Relentlessly pursuing her dream of singing on stage with a band that is more like family, and for an audience full of amazing and supportive fans, this dream has driven her to get back up and dust herself off whenever this uncharted path knocked her down. And her determination has paid off!
With 5 albums under her belt, she is about to hit the road once again to promote her latest album project “’Til The Cowboys Come Home”. Her first single of the same name, has already hit national radio! And her video for this single has been a popular view on YouTube, gaining more fans every day!
Kimberley Dawn can draw you in with her heartfelt ballads, or inspire you as her music speaks of her aboriginal roots. Before the night is through, she’ll have you dancing and singing along as she sings a sassy – tongue in cheek – cowgirl party song! From aboriginal, to country, and a touch of rock – she’s got it covered! Kimberley Dawn can deliver an entertainment packed evening with her relatable banter of love and life stories as she introduces her songs, followed by a powerful vocal performance night after night. Kimberley Dawn is...a powerful voice.