Photo by Jeremy Pollard
Born and reared in rural
After the unexpected death of Dava while working on their second album in June 2000, Dawn took a respite from music. In the years that followed, she began concentrating on songwriting and finding her own voice. Then in 2003, she stepped back on the stage, sharing her original material as well as audience favorites from Country, Folk, and Popular music. Once high harmony, Dawn has come forth with a voice that is earthy, yet clear and versatile, finding favor in songs that highlight minor variations. Not surprisingly, Dawn’s repertoire now includes original and cover tunes with a decidedly Bluesy flavor.
Notable Performances Through the Years
Dawn made her public singing debut with Dava at an old-fashioned gospel tent meeting when the two
were a mere eleven years old. At age
seventeen, the pair began singing professionally, touring numerous venues
Dave Shuffett Special (WLEX TV
Show (WKYT TV 27,
Fox 56 (
Fox 34 (
The Morning Show (WLKY TV 32,
Joe’s Folks (WLKY TV 32,
1996 Kentucky State Fair debut.
The WHAS Crusade for Children (WHAS TV 11,
Dawn is especially proud of what was to be her and her
sister’s final television performance.
In 1999, the due performed on the BBC special documentary, “Old New
World,” hosted by Lady Lucinda Lambton.
Penn’s Store was featured as a representation of
Over the years, Dawn has shared the stage with many talented performers, most recognizably guitar legend Chet Atkins, songwriter/playwright Billy Edd Wheeler, Bluegrass great Homer Ledford, the late Walter Hyatt, Kentucky’s Michael Jonathan, and Action Unlimited of Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars fame.
Dawn and her twin sister, Dava, released their first album, Songs of Love, in 1997, a collection of some of their favorite love songs from Broadway to gospel. This recording is available as an audio cassette at Historic Penn’s Store, or by ordering online at www.PennsStore.com.
“Dawn and Dava have a great sound…each has her own style – together, really good.”
“I have known Dawn Lane Osborn for a long time. She is a fine singer and entertainer. Music to Dawn is a necessity, like having to breathe to stay alive. What I like about Dawn is she loves it. It’s obvious. Her singing makes you feel good because of that love, and heaven knows we can all use a shot of “feel-good” now and then in this often cynical world.”
“Dawn and Dava’s DNA had all the right musical ingredients – from both sides: Talent for singing, performing, writing, and perhaps most important, a gift for connecting with others on a heart-to-heart level.”
Dawn performs as a solo artist with guitar, as well as with combo appropriate for the occasion, comprised of guitar, piano, bass, and/or percussion. Bookings can be secured through Dawn directly, or through Jeanne Penn Lane at Penn’s Store (www.PennsStore.com) (859)332-7706 or (859)332-7715, email PennsStore@aol.com.
Photo by John Gentry