FAVOURITE QUOTE “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” - Joy J. Golliver
It’s long been understood that both music and exercise are mood elevators. And, in recent years, scientists have discovered a distinct correlation between listening to music and athletic performance. This comes as no surprise to Vernon’s Dawn King, who excels at both. Dawn and husband, Bob have been mainstays on the Okanagan music scene for more than fifteen years, performing as “The Kings.”
The couple met at a kinesiology course in Kamloops where they became study partners. “Robert and I were friends for quite some time before we became a couple. Our dates consisted of intense racquetball games, riding our motorcyles, running, and of course fine food and wine! Robert’s still says “You’re my favorite cook.”
After all these years and with all the challenges and triumphs that go along with 20 years of marriage and family, we are still very much in love.
”Already passionate about sports, Dawn got hooked on triathlons about three years ago. This past October, King joined a contingent of athletes to represent Canada at the 2012 International Triathlon Union’s Age-Group World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.
For Dawn, the race was not about competing, but about personal best and following her dream. During the week of training before the race, a brutal weather front hit New Zealand. Torrential downpours created potentially dangerous conditions on the steep cycling hills. The elite athletes were challenged by 40 to 50 kilometer headwinds / sidewinds. The ocean offered up 1 ½ meter waves for the practice swims. The grueling physicality of the training might have dampened the spirits of those less determined.
But Dawn King has an incredible positive attitude on her side. She trained with the Robbins Research Institute for 10 years and earned the Anthony Robbins Life Mastery Award. She is a woman who undeniably ‘walks the talk.’
Then there’s the music. The same characteristics required to be successful in music – time and dedication – are required to be successful in sports and Dawn does both at an elite level. In Auckland, her music helped her stay focused and motivated despite the challenging conditions. While she trained, she sang. Her “race” song, written by Bob, is titled The Real Me and is a very powerful song about rising to a challenge, breaking free and liberating yourself from limitations.
The Real Me also happens to be her first single – to be released January 1st, 2013 - from her upcoming album, titled, It’s Time to Shine. Eight of the album’s nine songs were written by Bob, while the ninth is a cover of a classic Captain and Tenille song.
Ace Vancouver producer Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, Andrew Allen) lent his touch to Dawn’s recording project, which features some of the west coast’s premier musicians. The album does offer some inspiring songs that celebrate the human spirit – and it also has some toe-tappers in a wide range of styles from ska to r & b to country.Dawn King has come a long way since performing her first song – Let’s go Fly a Kite – in an elementary school play.
She has been honing her craft her entire life. Since the age of 16, Dawn has taken vocal lessons on and off and is especially grateful for the time she studied with Renee Grant Williams, vocal coach to many Nashville and pop recording artists.
Dawn King: Music in Motion
As a teenager she loved Supertramp, Boston, April Wine, Styx and the Eagles and the mellower sounds of Carol King and James Taylor, but she admits that Canadian superstar Celine Dion served as her greatest inspiration.
“I always thought it would be awesome to build a career singing love songs and even broader than that - songs that really made a difference in people’s lives … Songs that reached your heart and soul … I appreciate a well-crafted song (melodically and lyrically) with a meaningful message. I also love music with a groove!”And there is no better description of Dawn’s debut album – It’s Time to Shine.
Shortly after returning from New Zealand, Dawn King received a notice in the mail … “Congratulations!! In one year’s time, you will be representing Canada at the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Championships in London England !Joined by the best triathletes in Canada, you will be racing against the top age group triathletes from around the world.
Dawn will be releasing the very first single from her debut album Jan. 1st, 2013. The song is titled the "Real Me" which is all about the REAL YOU creating and living an extraordinary new year!!
Dawn's award winning song writer Robert King wrote the song! LIKE her fan page and be eligible to win a private concert for you, your family and friends...yes...wherever you are in the world, she'll be there! Winner announced Jan.1st, 2013
Okanagan Woman readers may remember that we featured Dawn King in the print publication two years ago. That story is below. But exciting news for Dawn. She is now in the running for Canada's best new artist. She is a contestant in Searchlight, a nation-wide talent search from CBC Music and Radio One. Follow this link to hear Dawn's single, It's Time to Shine. Then VOTE FOR DAWN.
PLEASE VOTE DAILY- "It's Time To Shine" is not just a toe tappin' groovin' along song...it is an ANTHEM for the human spirit...it's Our Time to Shine!
VOTE FOR DAWN ON SEARCHLIGHT'S WEBSITE: