Dawn Kenney / Bio

*April 2015 - Merlefest Chris Austin Song Contest Winner - Bluegrass - for "Something About A Train" with cowriters David Morris and Mitch Matthews.

*Jan 2015 - KTRU DJ David John has named the Pete Seeger tribute CD the No. 1 album of the year in its category (Various Artists/Tribute Albums). Dawn' s version of "If I had a hammer" charts on the Folk DJ List.

*September 2014 - Selected for the IBMA World Of Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase for "Something About A Train"

*March 27, 2013 - Top 5 winner of the 15th Annual Great American Song Contest, in the Special Music Category for "Candy Cane Sweetheart"

*March 30,2013 - First Place winner of the 14th Annual Great American Song Contest, in the Christian/Gospel category for "Sing Me Home"

*November 30, 2012 - Performing at Carnegie Hall, NYC: 'Tim Janis The American Christmas Carol'. Benefit Concert for Kate Winslet's Golden Hat Foundation with: Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt, Andrea Corr & Hayley Westenra.

*September 24, 2012 - IBMA 'World of Bluegrass', Nashville, TN - BBU Showcase Performance. (http://bluegrasstoday.com/from-song-circle-to-carnegie-hall/)

Raised on the traditional country greats, Dawn Kenney has been making music since before she could walk. Her music resonates with echos of the Grand Old Opry. She brings her love of bluegrass, country, folk and gospel music woven together to create her own unique genre defying sound. With a voice that can soar to the rafters one moment and then bathe you in a soft warmth the next, Dawn's performances create intimate connections with her audiences that keep them coming back. Her voice is expressive and dynamic, conveying the full range of emotion that she delivers in her songs. With messages that are positive and uplifting, her songs speak of life; relationships, family, faith and those things common to the human experience that are true to all of us.

Threaded through the fabric of a Dawn Kenney show are superbly crafted original songs, with hints of the the traditional music she loves, written from a contemporary perspective. From energetic hard driving tunes to hauntingly beautiful ballads, Dawn brings a range of music highlighted by upright bass, tasteful banjo, sweet fiddle and her own acoustic guitar. Even at an outdoor festival she is able to create a down home living room atmosphere that leave those there feeling like they have spent an evening with an old friend.

2010 - Dawn's songs selected for the final round of consideration in the first Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriters Competition, Hardford, CT

2008 Winner - North American Country Music Organization, International, Bluegrass Band of the Year

2008 Winner - North American Country Music Organization, International, Most Promising Songwriter Of the Year for "That's God Talking"

*Selected for the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase, Friday, July 27th, 2007, Hillsdale, NY
2007 New England Country Music Organization Band Of The Year, Bluegrass

2007 New England Country Music Organization Songwriter Of The Year, Bluegrass, for "Who Shot John Cyrus?"

2007 New England Country Music Organization Most Promising Songwriter Of The Year, Bluegrass, for "That's God Talking"

American Songwriter Magazine, issue July/August 2007, Lyric Award for "Who Shot John Cyrus?".

General Info

Band Members
Dawn Kenney - Vocals and Guitar, Don Barry - Upright Bass, Glenn Nelson - Banjo, Brandon Godman - Fiddle (guest).
Artist Name
Dawn Kenney
Profile Page
Bluegrass / Americana / Country

Contact Info

Waltham, MA
Heart Roots Music, LLC, Artist Rep: Liz Disessa, liz@heartrootsmusic.com

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