More About Dawn
Continuing to be seen on the Billy Graham Classics telecast (from her original appearance on the 1986 South Carolina Billy Graham Crusade), Dawn has also appeared on the ACTS Network, the 700 Club, In Touch Ministries, she performed with Pope John Paul II's SC appearance, Christian Cable Video networks and Contemporary Christian radio stations nationwide. She shared her testimony at the 2005 Southern Baptist Convention. Dawn was featured in 2006 on TLC 's "What Not to Wear with Stacie Lundon" and "Ms. Pageant Rewind," where she re-competed with two other women from the 1986 Miss South Carolina Pageant, and won again! It continues to air on TLC.
She has also had the privilege of opening for other Christian artists including Larnelle Harris, New Song, The Imperials, Phillips, Craig and Dean, First Call, Billy Crockett and Babbie Mason. She performed the duet, "I've Just Seen Jesus" live with Larnelle Harris, and the charting duet, "Promise of Love", with Jerome Olds on her 1996 album, "Canopy." The music video of the same aired nationally. Dawn has ministered for over thirty years throughout the United States, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.
Dawn continues to walk in the grace of which she sings and speaks. In 1997, due to circumstances not of her own choosing, Dawn became a single mother. From the pit of despair came a deeper trust in the Lord and a new ministry to those facing the same situation. Forgiveness, once again, played a vital role in Dawn's ability to find healing and hope.
As a vocalist/worship leader at women's ministry events, Dawn has shared the platform with many of today's leading speakers, including Beth Moore, Becky Tirabassi, Kay Arthur, Marge Caldwell, Jeannette Clift George, Dorie Van Stone, Anne Graham Lotz and Patsy Clairmont.
As a part of the promotion for the movie based on Dawn's life story, "Nightmare in Columbia County", Dawn appeared on the Maury Povich Show. The movie can now be seen on Netflix titled “Victim of Beauty.” Dawn shared her music ministry at the conclusion of the movie with a concert clip of the song she wrote in Shari's memory, "Sister." Her story also appeared in the February, 1989 issue of Reader's Digest, as well as numerous other Christian publications, and has reappeared on the 700 Club, and shared her story of forgiveness on American Journal. In October of 1999, her story was featured on "The FBI Files" on the Discovery Network.
Dawn appeared on "On the Case With Paula Zahn" - on the Investigation Discovery Network in January 2014, as the story of her sister's case, her family's faith and ultimate forgiveness of her murderer was featured. She has also published two articles in the January and February 2014 issues of Lifeway's Journey Magazine. In 2017 her family’s story was presented again on the Investigation Discovery channel on their shows “I, Witness” and “Murder Calls".
Her song, "How Far", came out of the work God did in Dawn's life, bringing her to the point of forgiving her sister's murderer. Through song and testimony, Dawn's story of the sufficiency of God's grace and forgiveness has been used by God to minister to thousands for over a decade.
Dawn is the mother of 2 grown children, Hannah and Ross, and son-in-law Clayton. As an empty-nester, she makes her home in Columbia, SC with her beloved dog and cat. She loves Jesus, family, friends, sushi, laughter, Hallmark movies and the beach.
Dawn is passionate about sharing a word of hope to the hopeless, encouragement to the weary, and an eternal perspective in it all. She considers it a great privilege to share her music and ministry out of the story God is weaving into her life.
Dawn's availability includes a concert ministry, but also sharing special music, leading worship for retreats or conferences, and/or speaking. As a keynote speaker/singer, she speaks with a solid Biblical foundation, and an honest transparency that is real. God has given her a unique ability to communicate His truth in a moving way, as a living, joyful testimony, even from the deepest of unexpected heartaches.
Dawn's life verses and commitment are found in Prov. 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."
Discography/Radio Air Play Chart
( Original 1991 - Re-released 2009-)
Songs for the Heart & Soul
(Urgent Records' Artists Compilation CD 1993)
(Urgent Records 1993-1994)
How Far - #7 Inspirational
Even If - #7 Inspirational (#41 of Top 50 Songs in 1993)
A Mother's Prayer - #9 Inspirational
What's a Heaven For? - #12 Inspirational
(Urgent Records 1996-1997)
Promise of Love (duet with Jerome Olds) - #15 Adult Contemporary Christian
Love That Changes Me - #21 Adult Contemporary Christian
Love That Leads to You - #22 Adult Contemporary Christian
A Moment Alone
(Urgent Records 2000)
(Urgent Records 2002)
Remember Christmas - with guitarist Jerry Sims
(Seven String Records 2006)
No One Like You - Christian Lullabies for Little Angels
(Kid Music 2009)
Christmas With You
(Urgent Records 2011)
(Urgent Records 2013)
Your Presence for Christmas
Timeless Hymns II
Previous recordings out of print
Dawn of a New Day - Miss South Carolina 1986 Sings For You (1987)
Hosanna Forever (1989)
Taking a Stand (Renaissance Records 1990)
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