Dawn Sears

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Dawn Sears
Born(1961-12-07)December 7, 1961
East Grand Forks, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedDecember 11, 2014(2014-12-11) (aged 53)
Gallatin, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresAmeripolitan, Country
Years active1991-2014
LabelsWarner Bros., Decca Nashville
Associated actsThe Time Jumpers, Tracy Byrd, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless

Dawn Sears (December 7, 1961 – December 11, 2014) was an American country music artist. In addition to her work as a backing vocalist in Vince Gill's band, she recorded four solo studio albums, of which two were released on major labels. She had one single that charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.


Sears was born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.[1] She began her career in 1990 with the album What a Woman Wants to Hear on Warner Bros. Records. The album produced two minor singles. Because of her debut album's poor performance, Sears had decided to leave the country music scene. However, she later received a call from Vince Gill, who had asked her to join his road band as a harmony vocalist. According to information provided by Thomas "Duke" Miller, a TV/movie/celebrity expert, Sears was also known for her song "Another Dream Away", which became a theme song for the newer "Bandit" movies starring Brian Bloom. The movies were a reissue to cash in on the "Smokey And The Bandit" franchise.[2][3]

In addition to singing harmony on Gill's 1992 album I Still Believe in You, Sears provided duet vocals on the track "An Out of Control Raging Fire" on Tracy Byrd's 1994 debut album. In 1994, she was signed as the first act on Decca Records' newly revived country music branch.[2] Her second album, 1994's Nothin' But Good, was issued on Decca,[4] and its lead-off single, "Runaway Train", entered the country music charts. Other singles from the album were unsuccessful, and Dawn exited Decca's roster not long afterward. A self-titled album was released independently in 2002, followed by her first Christmas album. Sears returned to her work as a backup vocalist for Gill.[4] She made appearances on several of Gill's albums, including his 2003 album Next Big Thing.[5] Sears also performed in The Time Jumpers.

In February 2012, Sears was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was diagnosed as Stage 3B in March 2013.[6] She died in Gallatin, Tennessee on December 11, 2014, aged 53. Sears was married to Kenny Sears (a Time Jumpers bandmate), and had a daughter, Tess.[7]



Title Album details
What a Woman Wants to Hear
Nothin' but Good
Dawn Sears
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: self-released
A Christmas Dawn
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: self-released


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
CAN Country
1990 "San Antone" N/A
"Till You Come Back to Me" What a Woman Wants to Hear
1991 "Good Goodbye" 77
1992 "Tell Me I'm Crazy"[8]
1994 "Runaway Train" 62 71 Nothin' but Good
"Nothin' but Good"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1990 "San Antone"
1991 "Good Goodbye" Jim May
1994 "Runaway Train"[9] Steven Goldmann
"Nothin' but Good"[10] Michael Salomon


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 373. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b "This Month's Music: Dawn Sears: "Runaway Train"". New Country. 1 (5): 6. July 1994. ISSN 1074-536X.
  3. ^ "Dawn Sears biography". Dawn Sears.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  4. ^ a b McCall, Michael. "Dawn Sears biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  5. ^ "Next Big Thing - Vince Gill". Capital News. March 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
  6. ^ "Dawn Sears Cancer Diagnosis: Time Jumpers Member Undergoing Treatment". Theboot.com. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2013-07-02.
  7. ^ "Dawn Sears of Time Jumpers dies at 53". The Tennesseean. December 12, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. February 22, 1992.
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Dawn Sears : Runaway Train". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : Dawn Sears : Nothin' But Good". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.

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