In the Moonlight
Dawn Mitschele is at the top of a new generation of talented musicians thriving in the Southern California acoustic music scene. In January 2009, she was named by San Diego Magazine as one of 50 to Watch in the new year and her first EP was praised by San Diego Troubadour writer Tim Mudd as being "about as perfect a first step as a recording artist as one can give." It is Dawn's truly angelic voice and honest lyrics that grab and retain the listener's attention and keep her loyal fans hooked on her sound. Dawn released her first full length Album, "In the Moonlight," in May of 2009 and is continuously performing in and around San Diego and Los Angeles promoting her 2007 release, "Town of Trees EP." She has recently put a supporting band together with local musicians, Johnny Cicolella, Jeremiah Chmielewski and Jason Ford, though the list continues to grow as more guest musicians often add to the collaboration. Dawn sites piano pop/rock singers, the Dave Matthews Band and 60's/70's folk to be some of her eclectic influences, and she has been compared to singers such as Norah Jones, Edie Brickell and Corinne Bailey Rae. Over many years, Dawn has planted seeds of music, art and writing in her life as she was raised in New Jersey, attended college in New York City and lived two times overseas in Europe. In the summer of 1999 Dawn wrote her first song as a gift for her sister's birthday and from that point on continued to do so as a hobby until 2005, when she began to dedicate herself to music as a career. Dawn is grateful to call San Diego her current home and remembers the open mic at Twiggs' Green Room where she let her songs be heard for the first time. It was at this venue where she began to find her musical bearings and nurtured the need to share and express her music through monthly performances. Her successes since that time have included receiving the San Diego HAT Award for Best New Acoustic Artist in 2007, being featured on CTN'S Java Jams show, as well as on the KUSI and NBC San Diego morning news programs. She is also featured on the Bushwalla song, 'Mayhem is Beautiful,' for the San Diego Fire Relief Compilation CD. Dawn Mitschele is dedicated to producing meaningful, collaborative music founded in the principles of love and gratitude, and she hopes to carry this message to her listeners, especially during live shows. After a recent performance, a local musician expressed that, "people were just hanging on to her every word ...I think that's the difference between someone who sings a song and someone who truly believes what they are saying."