Official Biography (courtesy of Roxanne Dawson)
Roxanne Dawson has always been awed by the unifying effect of music. No matter where you live, or under what circumstances, music has the power to unify. "Bright Eyes" (as her grandfather called her and "Roxy" by family) always seemed to shine. At an early age Roxanne found joy singing with her brother or performing the latest songs in her backyard and having shows for her friends.
After graduation from high school she went on to college, which in some ways proved to be a catalyst for her singing career. She began to sing gospel in school and soon joined the gospel group "Annointed", performing with the prince of praise "Byron Cage". The group traveled all over Michigan leaving a lasting impression on Roxanne. Soon she began to take advantage of opportunities to perform and travel the world with Maloney Productions. She soon became one of the most requested vocalists in the metropolitan area. Roxanne later joined the group "Intrigue" and continued to travel and refine her vocal skills. The group opened for Richard Marx, Aaron Neville, KC and the Sunshine Band and countless others.
While singing with Intrigue, she began doing commercials, as well as joining up with a new production team, Moore Newz Productions, who were at the time, staff writers at United Sound Studios in Detroit. That friendship and later business relationship proved to be a musical stabilizing force in Roxanne's life. Roxanne has performed at many prestigious events; which included singing the National Anthem at one of the Detroit Tiger's home games. In 1992, Roxanne recorded "I'm So Into You" (originally recorded by Peabo Bryson) with Kevin McCord and Billy Meadows. Roxanne began lending her vocal talents to the Under Ground House Music producers such as D. Wynn with the song "Use Me", which became a #1 dance song in the UK.
In 1996, Roxanne began coming into her own as part of B&B Music performing songs that crossed a number of musical genres, including jazz, pop, and R&B. Roxanne credits her musical influence to such artists as Phyllis Hyman, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, and Natalie Cole; as well as Will Downing and BeBe & CeCe Winans. However the musical harmony of groups like Take 6, and Manhattan Transfer helped her develop a keener ear.
With the debut release of her CD entitled "Are You Ready" Roxanne is once again realizing her dream of unifying others through her music. This new CD sends her audience on a musical journey, crossing musical genres, from the Adult Contemporary smooth sounds of "Love Story" to the gospel/hip hop flow of Step Over".
The late, great songstress, Minnie Riperton has always held a special place in Roxanne's heart. It seemed only fitting that she sing one of Minnie's most memorable hits. The jazzy soul elements of "Memory Lane" will prove to be a keepsake of yours. Although she loves recording new music, the pulse of Roxanne's heart and soul beats loudly when she is performing in front of a live audience; which is next on Roxanne's agenda since the release of her CD. "Are You Ready" will engage, inspire, and compel audiences worldwide to listen to Roxanne's message and have their souls uplifted. It will take you to places of familiarity, joy & pain, but ALWAYS ... leave you wanting more.