Dana Dawson

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Dana Dawson
Born(1974-08-07)August 7, 1974
Jamaica Queens, New York
DiedAugust 10, 2010(2010-08-10) (aged 36)
New York, New York
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1981–2010

Dana Dawson (August 7, 1974 – August 10, 2010) was an American actress and singer.

Early life and career[edit]

Dawson 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.[1]

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.[2][3]

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. 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, Dawson took a break of two years to give her career more international impact; even though she had a lot of success in France, her records were not really available in other countries. So Dawson signed a recording contract 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 Singles 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.[4] The album was available all over Europe and also in Japan. "3 is Family" was the major hit of the album and Dawson promoted it all over Europe. In 1996, she released the single "How I Wanna Be Loved" but it missed the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart. It was eventually included on a UK re-issue of the Black Butterfly album.

In 1997, Dawson collaborated on the Dolce & Gabbana single "More, More, More", and provided the vocals on this dance cover version of the Andrea True Connection hit single.

The Disney Channel show Lizzie McGuire featured her 2001 single, "Nice Life" which was only released as a single in France.[1]

Several multi-track "singles" of Dawson's music have been released in the United Kingdom, including "3 Is Family", "Got to Give Me Love", and "How I Wanna Be Loved".[5]

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;[6] she also performed on the Michael W. Smith 1989 Gospel album I 2 Eye.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dawson married the New York jazz artist and musician, Jason Curry, on July 7, 2007, in Hamilton, Bermuda. She died at 4:37 am on August 10, 2010, from colon cancer after battling the disease for 10 months. She was 36 years old at the time of her death, three days after her birthday.[8]



  • 1991: Paris, New York and Me
  1. "Romantic World" (4:44)
  2. "Tell Me Bonita" (5:02)
  3. "Survival" (3:45)
  4. "I'm a Singer" (4:04)
  5. "Every Time" (4:44)
  6. "Number One in Your Heart" (4:05)
  7. "Moving On" (4:13)
  8. "That Boy's No Good For You" (5:05)
  9. "I Want My Chance (To Know Love)" (4:02)
  10. "Ready To Follow You" (3:31)
  11. "Open Hearts" (3:55)
  12. "Petite Chanson d'Amour" (0:40)
  13. "Tell Me Bonita" (single mix) (3:58)
  • 1995: Black Butterfly (re-released in the UK in 1996 with one bonus track)
  1. "Black Butterfly" interlude
  2. "3 Is Family"
  3. "Got to Give Me Love"
  4. "Show Me"
  5. "Dignified"
  6. "Visions" interlude
  7. "You Are My Baby"
  8. "So Good Together"
  9. "How I Wanna Be Loved"
  10. "All of These Things"
  11. "Nothing in This World"
  12. "Love Me" interlude
  13. "Baby Do Right by Me"
  14. "Stop Yourself"
  15. "Intentions"
  16. "Touch Me"
  17. "Proverbs" interlude
  18. "Sad Sad Songs"
  19. "Home" interlude
  20. "Salvation"
  21. "Angel" interlude


Year Single Peak positions Album

1988 "Ready To Follow You" 33 15 single only
1990 "Romantic World" 113 33 4 33 Paris New-York And Me
1991 "Tell Me Bonita" 4
"Open Hearts" 24
1992 "Moving On"
1995 "3 Is Family" 54 59 9 Black Butterfly
"Got to Give Me Love" 68 27
1996 "Show Me" 28
"How I Wanna Be Loved" 42
1997 "More More More" (by Dolce & Gabbana) singles only
2001 "Nice Life" (France only)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ a b Harris, Craig. "Biography". allmusic.com: Dana Dawson. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  2. ^ Johnson, Sharon (2001-02-11). "'Rent' performers trod unusual paths". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 2006-12-08. (access to full article requires payment)
  3. ^ Johnson, Sharon (2001-02-11). "'Rent' performers trod unusual paths". The Patriot-News. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2006-12-08. (Full reprint of article at Dana Dawson's website)
  4. ^ "Search the UK Top 40 Hit Database". UK Top 40 Hit Database. everyHit.com. Retrieved 2006-12-08. (requires search on "Dana Dawson" to retrieve results)
  5. ^ "Dana Dawson". Matt's CD Singles. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  6. ^ "Credits". allmusic.com: Dana Dawson. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  7. ^ Harris, Craig. "I 2 Eye". allmusic.com: Dana Dawson. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 2006-12-08.
  8. ^ "Actress Dana Dawson Passes Away At Age 36". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  9. ^ Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  10. ^ "Dana Dawson - Belgian Chart". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  11. ^ "Dana Dawson - French Chart". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  12. ^ "Dana Dawson - 3 Is Family (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  13. ^ "Dana Dawson - Swedish Chart". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  14. ^ "Official Charts > Dana Dawson". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-03-21.

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