By Kurt Wolff
The Nashville country music community is today mourning the death of Dawn Sears, a beloved vocalist and recording artist as well as a member of both Vince Gill‘s band and GRAMMY-nominated all-star group the Time Jumpers.
“Dawn Sears sang so beautifully. And lived just as beautifully. She will be missed,” Brad Paisley tweeted today. “I will miss her & her beautiful voice,” echoed Sheryl Crow. “Rest in peace,” wrote Wade Bowen.
A native of Minnesota, Sears got her start, like so many country artists, playing regional clubs and contests. She released her debut album, What a Woman Wants to Hear, on Warner Bros. in 1991, followed by 1994’s Nothin’ but Good (on Decca) and a self-titled (and self-released) collection in 2002.
Sears released a handful of radio singles, and although they didn’t chart well, songs like “Runaway Train” and “Nothin’ but Good” still stand as brilliant showcases for her strong voice. “She’s sort of a modern Wanda Jackson with just a touch of polish, or Brenda Lee with more honky tonk feeling,” as writer Michael McCall colorfully describes her style in AllMusic.