|Origin||Brooklyn, New York|
|Genres||Folk, Rock, Pop|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, sound engineer, record producer|
|Labels||Cooking Vinyl, Fargo, Tummy Touch|
|Associated acts||The Bandana Splits, Hem|
Dawn Landes (born December 5, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and musician originally from Louisville, Kentucky. As a recording artist she has released five full-length albums: Dawn's Music (2005), Fireproof (2008), Sweetheart Rodeo (2010), and Mal Habillée (2012) and two EPs: Straight Lines (2006) and Mal Habillée (2012). In support of her releases, Landes has toured extensively in the US, Europe and around the world, often sharing the stage with artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Feist, Andrew Bird, José González, The Weakerthans, Midlake and Suzanne Vega.
A skilled producer and engineer, she has worked at Stratosphere Sound in New York City and at Philip Glass' own personal recording studio. In 2009 Landes helped found Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated with contemporaries like Justin Townes Earle, Will Oldham and Josh Ritter in the studio. Her songs have been featured in popular films and TV shows, including Bored to Death, Skins, House, Gossip Girl and United States of Tara. She composed original scores for two feature films Blackbird and Familiar Strangers and wrote the end credit song for Savage Grace starring Julianne Moore. Landes has appeared with The American Songbook Series, Boston Pops and in 2012 with the NYC Ballet at Lincoln Center for the new Benjamin Millepied ballet "Two Hearts" singing a balled entitled "The Brown Girl" as part of composer Nico Muhly's score.
Her latest release, Mal Habillée, a collection of original French songs in the style of Ye-Ye was released in June 2012. It features guest vocals by Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and an interactive ebook with illustrations by the artist Danica Novgorodoff to accompany the text. Landes is a member of all-girl trio The Bandana Splits. Landes was married to musician Josh Ritter, with whom she also toured.
- Straight Lines (2005)
- Mal Habillée (2012)
Songs in other media
- Two of her songs, "Kissing Song" and "You Alone", are featured in the 2005 film Winter Passing. "Kissing Song" was played during the ending credit.
- She also contributed a song (Lullaby for Tony) for the closing credits of the 2007 film Savage Grace.
- The song "Straight Lines" was used in an episode of the Showtime series United States of Tara. It was also used in a commercial for the Chrysler Town and Country.
- It was also used in a television advertisement for Transport for London in the UK.
- "Straight Lines" was also used at the end of the documental "When Harry Left Hogwarts" released as special feature in the Blu-ray version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
- The song "Drive" was used in the "Under My Skin" episode of the fifth season of the Fox series House M.D.
- The hidden track "Won't Back Down", a cover of Tom Petty, was used for a Human Rights Campaign video supporting the repeal of Proposition 8.
- The track "Toy Piano" from the album Fireproof was used in an episode of Californication and Bored to Death.
- The track "Twilight" from the album Fireproof was used as incidental music in an episode of Holby City.
- The track "Mud and Stars" was used in the fifth episode of the Australian mini-series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.
- "All Dressed in White" was used in the series four premiere of Skins.
- Dawn has scored two feature films, Blackbird (2007) and Familiar Strangers (2008).
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- Sulcas, Roslyn. "Two Heads Work Together for Multiple Feet". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
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- Murray, Robin. "Introducing... The Bandana Splits". Clash Music. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- "Literate songwriter Josh Ritter finds time for fans". Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- Rickman, James. "No Bull". ASCAP. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- "London Transport". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- HRCmedia on YouTube
- "BBC One - Holby City, Series 12, Episode 37 of 55". BBC One. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- "Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities". Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- "Skins Season 4 Episode 1: Thomas". Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- Dawn Landes' homepage
- Official MySpace page
- No Depression Town and Country Featured Artist
- The Bandana Splits Facebook Page