|Birth name||Dawn Sherrese Robinson|
November 24, 1965 |
New London, Connecticut, United States
|Genres||R&B, soul, dance-pop|
|Labels||Atlantic, eastwest, EMI, Aftermath|
|Associated acts||En Vogue, Lucy Pearl, Raphael Saadiq, Joi, R&B Divas: LA|
Robinson was born in New London, Connecticut. She was a member of En Vogue from 1989 to 1997. Following her departure from En Vogue, Robinson joined Lucy Pearl to record the only Lucy Pearl album released to date. After touring with Lucy Pearl, Dawn claimed she found out she was out of the group upon seeing the group's final video. The song featured Robinson's vocals but with new member Joi lip syncing Robinson's part. Robinson was then signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records, and gave guest vocals on The Firm's hit song "Firm Biz" which sampled Teena Marie's classic single "Square Biz". After appearing on a few soundtracks, Robinson released a solo album entitled Dawn, released by Atlantic Records on 29 January 2002. The single "Envious" received moderate airplay on radio and video outlets. According to Sister2Sister magazine, Robinson said the album "tanked" due to "poor promotion."[full citation needed]
In 2005, Robinson returned sporadically to En Vogue who toured nationally while attempting to negotiate a new recording contract with The Firm Management for the original En Vogue. 2009 Robinson recorded and released two new songs made available on her official MySpace page, "Johnny Walker Get Up Again" and "I Like Boyz." In 2010, all four members appeared on the cover of Jet magazine to promote their reunion tour, yet again failed to reach an agreement, and Robinson decided not to record on the new En Vogue album due in the fall of 2011 following their successful tour.
On September 26, 2011, Ellis, Jones & Herron without Robinson, debuted their new single "I'll Cry Later" from their upcoming album that was planned for a December release. Negotiations for the album release resulted in Maxine Jones leaving En Vogue which was discussed with Robinson on Access Hollywood nearly a year later on October 17, 2012. Robinson and Jones talked about the contract issues, & poor management of En Vogue. Dawn has made it clear that she has not been a part of, or in any legal disputes with the other En Vogue band members, and that she wishes them well. Robinson is currently filming TV One's reality show R&B Diva's Los Angeles, a spin off of TV One's R&B Divas (Atlanta).
- 1990- "Lies"
- 1990- "Just Can't Stay Away"
- 1992- "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
- 1992- "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
- 1992- "Free Your Mind"
- 1993- "Whatta Man"
- 1993- "Runaway Love"
- 1996- "Don't Let Go (Love)"
With En Vogue
|Year||Album||US||US R&B||UK||US Sales||World Sales|
|1990||Born to Sing||21||3||23||1.0m||-|
|1991||Remix to Sing||-||-||57||150k||-|
|1993||Runaway Love EP||49||16||-||250k||-|
|1998||Best of En Vogue||-||-||39||200k||500k|
|2001||Very Best of En Vogue||-||-||-||-||-|
With Lucy Pearl
Only one album was released, the self-titled Lucy Pearl. Two singles, "Dance Tonight" and "Don't Mess with My Man" went top 40 and sold over 500,000 copies certifying the album gold. The last single released "YOU" and also featured on the soundtrack "Save The Last Dance" did feature Dawn Robinson's vocals but the video featured new Lucy Pearl member Joi, as Robinson was no longer in the group.
Heirs To The Throne
In October 2012, Dawn and Maxine Jones appeared on Access Hollywood to announce they are forming a new girl group. The duo launched their website, Twitter, and Facebook for the new group. Plans for an album and reality show are scheduled.
She has featured several songs in some successful soundtracks:
- Love & Basketball (2000) (writer: "Dance Tonight")
- Life (1999/I) (performer: "Drop Me Off in Harlem")
- The Rugrats Movie (1998) (performer: "This World is Something New to Me")
- Doctor Dolittle (1998) (performer: "Rock Steady")
- Bulworth (1998) (performer: "Firm Biz")
- Set It Off (1996) (performer: "Don't Let Go (Love)")
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions|
|"Better Without You"||2010||—||—||—|
- Official website[dead link]
- Dawn Robinson on Twitter
- Dawn Robinson at the Internet Movie Database
- John Farinella, David. Dawn Robinson Interview: "Rebel With A Cause", Yahoo! Music. February 4, 2002.