“Dawson Cowals is an independent Christian singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon and I've recently had the privilege to listen to his new single "Before You Sleep" from his upcoming release "The White Album." It has a great lullaby feel to the song. As a Christian father of three young daughters I love the inclusion of Scripture in the lyrics. The last stanza is very prayerful and biblical--"Blessed is the day that the Lord has made, We all rejoice and are glad in it, But though this day is gone, We know that His mercies are new, With the coming of the dawn." This is a great song to celebrate God's blessings and mercies daily. Amen. Dawson's folk musical style is great for fans of Bebo Norman and Jason Gray.”
"Turn Your Eyes" is possessed of a simple sound; brushed drums, subtle bass, and finger-picked guitar. Cowals' skills is solid and the arrangement is refreshing and inviting, offering a new look at an old classic. His voice is passionate but not overwhelming and fits into this gentle, jazz-influenced rendition well. Additionally, like Tomlin's "Amazing Grace" reinvention, Cowals' lyrical additions are light but powerful, keeping with the flow but offering just that little bit extra. Ultimately, Cowals' sound is classic coffeehouse singer/songwriter, with an independent vibe that stretches throughout each and every note, reminiscent of an act like The Cobalt Season. His talent is obvious without being overbearing and his heartbeat is worn right on his musical sleeve. "Turn Your Eyes" is a great listen for the worshipper looking for something other than what Top 40 CCM radio has to offer and one can only wait to see what the artist's planned full-length hymn project will deliver.
“Portland native Dawson Cowals has compiled seven years worth of songwriting onto the aptly titled Coffee Shop Songs. Cowals' tunes are full and captivating whether he is playing solo acoustic guitar or accompanied by a handful of other talented musicians. His voice is warm and dances from being straightforward to letting the vowels roll around in his oral cavity resulting more in a Darius Rucker sounding delivery. The multi-talented artist’s flute work and lackadaisical vocal octave jumps throughout certain songs also give these Biblical verse driven tunes a Dave Matthews feel. "Coffee Shop Songs" is a pleasurable album and Cowals' versatility is admirable. It is no surprise that residents of Portland can currently hear him play at local churches and coffee shops weekly.”
“Lead singer snarls like a male Natalie Merchant, curling his lips around upbeat social commentary with surprising ferocity. The band hangs tight behind him -- a neatly compressed pop package. Sounds Like: Dave Matthews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant”
“Dawson Cowals’ spiritual song “Before You Sleep” speaks about saying a prayer before drifting off to sleep. Cowals expresses his spiritual privilege in the following way: “Just drop your burdens and your cares/In the quiet arms of prayer.” Over a gentle acoustic arrangement, Cowals sings these words in an equally gentle manner. “For he never slumbers; but he sees all.” In other words, men and women can sleep peacefully at night because the God that loves them so much does not sleep. While we sleep, He stays on watch, making sure “no harm will fall.” Cowals sings about how He “awakes me softly when the new day has come.” It’s almost as though God is busy preparing a beautiful new day while humans rest comfortably in their beds. Cowals has created a delightful song. It’s one that is particularly aimed at insomniacs. If those that have trouble sleeping only knew how much God cares for them, watches over them and prepares new days for them, they might just rest a”
“Hailing from Oregon, Dawson Cowals is a strong, intense performer with well thought out music. Rhythmically intelligent, his pieces all reflect solid relationships between the melodic patterns and the background music. With a voice alternating between Natalie Merchant and Dave Matthews, there is a fearless sense to his vocals, and a level of commitment in his singing that is rare and quite a wonderful thing to hear. If you're into unique performers, solid music and lyrics with some substance to them, check out Dawson Cowals. Nice work from a fearless musician.”
“Dawson Cowals has a haunting voice that demands your ear. An artist who can indeed stand "unplugged", Cowals offers a beautiful array of acoustic scores with an unapologetic social conscience. It works. Faith meets fire and speaks to what is missing in the emptiness of many other works. A polished artist with a bright, shiny soul.”
“Dave Matthews sings Rich Mullins songs accompanied by James Taylor on the guitar.”