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Dawn Mitschele is at the top of a new generation of talented musicians thriving in the Southern California acoustic music scene. In January 2009, she was named by San Diego Magazine as one of “50 to Watch” in the new year, and her first album, “In the Moonlight” was praised by the San Diego Troubadour, describing Dawn as having “a firm grip on her artistic vision as well as the talent to bring it to fruition as she fearlessly explores folk, pop, jazz, Latin, and blues sounds.” It is Dawn's truly angelic voice and honest lyrics that grab and retain the listener's attention and keep her loyal fans hooked on her sound.Read More...
"In the Moonlight," produced by Jason Ford at StepsTone Studio in Poway, CA was released in May of 2009. She followed the release with a solo tour this fall up the West Coast with Austin singer/songwriter, Parker Ainsworth, hitting San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Victoria and many towns in between.
Over many years, Dawn has planted seeds of music, art and writing in her life as she was raised in New Jersey, attended college in New York City and lived two times overseas in Europe. In the summer of 1999 Dawn wrote her first song as a gift for her sister's birthday and from that point on continued to do so as a hobby until 2005, when she began to dedicate herself to music as a career.
Dawn is grateful to call Los Angeles her current home, though it was in San Diego where she first got started. She remembers the open mic at Twiggs' Green Room where she let her songs be heard for the first time. It was at this venue where she began to find her musical bearings and nurtured the need to share and express her music through monthly performances.
Her successes since that time have included receiving the San Diego HAT Award for Best New Acoustic Artist in 2007, being featured on CTN'S Java Jams show, as well as on the KUSI and NBC San Diego morning news programs. She is also featured on the Bushwalla song, "Mayhem is Beautiful," for the San Diego Fire Relief Compilation CD.
Dawn Mitschele is dedicated to producing honest music founded in the principles of love and gratitude, and she hopes to carry this message to her listeners, especially during live shows. After a recent performance, a local musician expressed that, "people were just hanging on to her every word. I think that's the difference between someone who sings a song and someone who truly believes what they are saying."