OLUFEMI "DAWN" ALVORADA GONSALVES
A creative visionary who is dedicated to enriching the lives of all people through Music, encouraging hope through diversity and promoting the gift of creative expression everywhere.
“Dawn Bishop, vocalist with Sergio Mendes, who played with me and pianist Gordon Webster, is a great singer and story-teller.” – Bassist John Geggie Fourth Stage National Arts Center Ottawa, Canada
“She is my favorite singer, period.” – Phil Upchurch, former guitarist for Donny Hathaway
One of Los Angeles’ most prominent vocalists; who has worked alongside the Music Industry’s most well-known musicians, artists, actors, choreographers, and record producers. History includes performances with Brian McKnight, Carl Anderson, Harvey Mason, Abraham Laboriel, Jimmy Branly, Otmaro Ruiz, Phil Upchurch, Michael Paulo, Bill Cunliffe, Ledisi, Shirley Caesar, John Legend, Englebert Humperdinck, Deniece Williams, Eddie Harris, Howard Hewett, Jorge Ben Jor, India.Arie, Don Grusin, Ray Brown Jr., the Black-Eyed Peas, and Sergio Mendes.
Tours and appearances as a solo artist include the National Arts Center (Ottawa, Canada), Playboy Jazz Festival 2002, CBC radio, and the Palm Spring Women’s Jazz Festival. Also, Ms. Bishop has provided vocals for film, television shows, and commercials. Born and raised in South Florida, Dawn grew up in a home parented by classical musicians and educators.
At age four, her talent as a singer was discovered and fostered by her mother. In response to this discovery, Ms. Bishop spent most of her youth studying piano, clarinet, and classical voice. Along with her classical studies, Dawn was exposed to Jazz, Gospel, Latin, and Caribbean music. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Ms. Bishop’s vocal and songwriting abilities cover the entire musical rainbow, in respect to style and genre. So, one may never be able to put her into any given box. Her recently released CD People and Places shows Ms. Bishop’s versatility as a singer, songwriter, and arranger.
“The music on People & Places reflects my personality and the way I love different cultures. I do not like to be confined in one genre so the ten songs tend to go everywhere.” Utilizing different personnel and instrumentation on each of the selections, six of them being the singer’s originals, she has created a musical world that reflects her diversity, versatility and wide interests. -Scott Yanow, Jazz Times magazine, Los Angeles
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