Actress/singer Dawnn Lewis is “coming home” to Los Angeles this Friday night for a showcase performance at Beverly Hills new music hotspot H.O.M.E.
Dawnn recently joined Pat Prescott in studio to talk about her latest album and bringing her spectacular show to the stage.
Fans may know Dawnn best from her TV roles like “Jaleesa Vinson-Taylor” on A Different World and “Robin Dumars” on Hanging With Mr. Cooper, but Dawnn’s creative talent doesn’t end with acting.
“I love to perform. I love to create whether it’s in front of the camera, on stage, in concert, in the studio, posing, doing voice-overs, I consider myself really, really blessed,” said Dawnn.
After her releasing her latest album Worth Waiting For, Dawnn has proved to be an artist worth the wait to see live here in L.A. Though she’s been busy supporting her new project on the road, Dawnn comes back to Los Angeles on Friday (Oct. 18th) for an intimate performance at H.O.M.E., which is proving to be a favorite spot with new artists.
“I have for a long time been doing festivals and concerts all across the country and a number of people have asked me ‘when are you going to do a show [in L.A.]?'” said Dawnn. “So it was suggested to me by the owner…he approached me about coming in – would I be interested in doing night, and just like that, that was just a few days ago.”
Backed by a stellar band that includes Scott “Bugs” Allen of 3rd Scenario (bass/trumpet), Kat Dyson (Shelia E./Prince), Curtis Dowd (keyboard), Anthony Graham (piano), Eric Anthony (vocals) and Tafere Hazy (drums), Dawn is excited to show L.A. what they’re all about.
“I’m thrilled and blessed to be surrounded by such amazing talent,” said Dawnn. “We were rehearsing last night and I got to tell you, the cats are ready, we are ready to explode. We’re going to have a great time.”
Her showcase at H.O.M.E. will include a mix of her originals, plus an array of covers that Dawnn and her band will “put our own stamp on.”
Because of her background as an actress, Dawnn’s stage presence on stage is reminiscent of some of the classic vocal performers back in the day.
“I came up watching people like Phyllis Hyman, Gladys Knight…all these people who knew that it was about your voice and your presence,” she said. “When you think about the people whose music you were singing then that you’re still singing now, it wasn’t because of the video you saw, it was because of how their voice and their story and their presentation moved you. At that’s all I try to do…just feeling the music and enjoying the surroundings.”
Don’t miss this intimate show with Dawnn Lewis at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills this Friday, Oct. 18th! For reservations visit http://home90210.com or call (310) 271-4663.
Part one: Dawnn talks about her album Worth Waiting For and coming back to L.A. for a showcase.