|Born||August 7, 1974|
Dana Dawson (born August 7, 1974) is an American singer and actress. She made her acting debut at the age of 7 in a national tour of Annie. She was an understudy of the character Mimi, in the national tour of Rent in 2000 and joined the Broadway cast in 2001 as an understudy/swing.
In an interview in The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Dawson said that she was given time to become secure in each of the two roles she understudied—Mimi and Joanne—before learning the other.
As a singer, Dawson released her first single in 1988 at the age of 14. The song "Ready To Follow You" was penned by French singer Jacqueline Taïeb and produced in France and reached the top 20 on the French single chart. Dana Dawson then worked with French producers on her debut album Paris New York And Me which includes her debut single and spawned four other singles which enjoyed success in France in the early 1990s especially "Romantic world" and "Tell me bonita" which both peaked at number 4 on the French single chart. Paris, New York And Me was also certified gold in France. In 1993, Dana took a break of two years to give her career a more international impact as though she had a lot of success in France, her records were not really available in other countries. So Dana signed a record deal with EMI and was now musically based in the UK. Her second album, Black Butterfly, was released in October 1995 and included three singles that made the UK Top 40 chart: "3 Is Family" reached number 9 in July 1995, "Got to Give Me Love" reached number 27 in October 1995, and "Show Me" reached number 28 in May 1996.. The album was available all over Europe and also in Japan. "3 is family" was the major hit of the album and Dana promoted it all over Europe. In 1996, she released the single "How I wanna be loved" but it missed the UK Top 40. It was eventually included on a UK re-issue of the Black Butterfly album.
In 1997, Dana Dawson collaborated on the Dolce & Gabbana single "More, more, more" provided the vocals on this dance remake of the Andrea True Connection hit single.
Dawson's songs are included on many other albums, including EMI's Music of the Twentieth Century: 1980–1999 and Virgin's Best Dance Album 1995; she also performed on the Michael W. Smith 1989 Gospel album I 2 Eye.