Kimberly Dawn is a country singer and songwriter born and raised in a small farming community in Alberta, Canada and now living in California with her family. As a mother of four, Dawn’s personal journey toward creating inner strength and balance on the road to living out her passion is one to which many women can relate, and one that she feels particularly suited to tell. Like many mothers, Kimberly put her passion for music on hold to be a stay-at-home mom. She began taking piano and guitar lessons after the birth of her fourth child. Still, in the throes of raising children, Kimberly is busy balancing it all, including many, co-writes with amazing artists. She released a couple of singles last year including, Slow Dancin’ in the Dark and Cadillac Lovers. Kimberly also showcases her love for writing in her weekly blog where she shares empowerment, struggles of life as a mother and pursuing her passion for music.
Before I became a singer-song-writer I…. actually was pursuing acting.
I decided to follow my passion and become a musician because… I always loved music and music makes me happy.
My proudest accomplishment is…being a mom of 4 amazing kids.
My boldest move to date was… at 18 I packed up my things and moved from the farm to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams.
I surprise people when I tell them …I was raised on a farm in Canada and I actually worked on the farm moving irrigation pipes as well as pulling weeds out of the sugar beet fields.
My biggest professional influences have been…Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Reba McEntire, Elton John, Shania Twain.
My best advice from a mentor was… When you’re writing a song, there’s no right or wrong way to do it.
I would tell my 21-year old self… Trust your instincts cause your gut is God.
My song “Nashville” is special to me because… I love that city. It has become a second home to me because I spend so much time there. When the tornados hit Nashville & then the Coronavirus hit all at once, my single Nashville had just been released. I feel like even in the darkest days this song has brought smiles and happiness to people when they listen to it. For that, I am so thankful.
My biggest setback was… about 8 years ago I let too many people get in my head and I was literally done with the music business. I just woke up one morning and said “I quit. I’m not good enough. I don’t know why I ever thought I could make it.” I was one of the lowest points in my life. This tore me to the core.
“I feel like women are finally being recognized and getting the respect that we so well deserve. There are so many amazing entrepreneurs, women in the medical field, actress’s, musicians and the list goes on and on.”
I overcame it by… For about 6 months I truly went into a depression. It was really hard. I had to do a lot of soul-searching during this time. In my heart, I was sad that I wasn’t making music but I also felt so defeated. My sweet husband finally said to me, “you don’t need to quit making music just because this person or that person says your not good enough. There is always going to be someone who doesn’t like you or your music. Make music because you love to do it and who cares what anyone else thinks.” He was right. Moving forward I remind myself that I make music because I love it and if someone doesn’t like it or I’m not their cup of tea, oh well. You can’t worry about what everyone thinks. Everyone has an opinion and there are going to be those people that want to tear you down no matter what.
The best part of what I do is… When someone tells me that one of my songs helped them through a difficult time or that a song put a smile on their face when they heard it. That’s the best feeling ever and I am so thankful for those moments.
If you googled me, you still wouldn’t know… That I love to do laundry. It’s actually therapeutic for me. Just washing the clothes though. I don’t like having to put the clothes away.
The future excites me… because I feel like women are finally being recognized and getting the respect that we so well deserve. There are so many amazing entrepreneurs, women in the medical field, actress’s, musicians and the list goes on and on. I see there’s a lot more opportunity and that excites me.
My next step is… to finish up my EP and share new music with the world.