The DeSoto Arts Commission and Reunion Capital of Texas invite you to join us for a free outdoor concert featuring vocalist Andrea Dawson and the trumpet stylings of Freddie Jones along with great spoken word poetry at intermission.
Each and every performance conveys Andrea’s professionalism. Dawson brings down the house, leaving fans clamoring for more, wondering, “How did this Diva master such an impressive range of musical styles?”
Nothing, not even extreme stage fright or shyness could keep Austin’s Andrea Dawson from getting up on stage to sing in front of a live audience. The path from her first paid gig on a rooftop in Dallas to being crowned ‘The Sassy Soulstress of Blues’ is testament to this songstress’ dedication to her craft.
As a child growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, Dawson always sang with others: in her church choir, with different chorale groups and even a four-part harmony barbershop quartet. Throughout her high school years and beyond, Dawson worked to pursue her dream, enlisting the help of vocal coaches.
Life interrupted Dawson’s path to a singing career as she entered the workforce, which ultimately brought her to Dallas, Texas. “I was working with Geico Insurance Company doing customer service way before Geico became the gecko and a big deal,” said Dawson. “It was a one year assignment, and I just never left.”
It was around the time Dawson turned thirty that she knew singing was more than just something she loved. “Singing was something I had to do,” Dawson stated, “I told myself if I don’t do it now, I might never do it.”
She knew she had to get past the obstacles of stage fright and of being extremely shy. “First, I started off doing public speaking with Toastmasters,” she explained, “just to be able to get in front of people.” To get used to singing on her own in pubic, Dawson performed at karaoke bars and sat in with different bands at Blues jams. “Finally,” she remembers, “I hooked up with a band that wanted me to perform with them.”
Dawson’s crossover point from wanting to be a singer to actually being a singer happened in Dallas at a place called The Bone. She was hired to sing a couple of sets on the rooftop. “At the end of the night, the guy who hired me handed me one hundred dollars. I didn’t think he was actually going to pay me,” recalls Dawson.
Jones, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, a city rooted in a vibrant history of rhythm and blues, has been playing trumpet at a professional level since the age of 15. The band he started at the age of 13 stayed together throughout high school, playing Catholic jazz mass at church on Sundays, and whatever they could get their hands on over the weekends. Freddie is an accomplished trumpet player and performs all over the Dallas area. He also opens all the Dallas Cowboys football games at AT&T Stadium with the National Anthem.
The event is free. Bring your lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, please call 972-230-9648