You Don't Have to Wait Until Heaven
- Artist: Dawn Humphrey
- Format: CD
- Release Date:3/5/2002
Combine big, bluesy, sometimes sweet vocals, deeply felt songwriting, and soild guitar work with action oriented social conscience, and you get a sense of the powerful music of Dawn Humphrey. In 1996, while employed as a social worker, Dawn picked up a guitar, and began writing songs. She first thought of songwriting as a means to express her personal and professional experiences, but soon realized that she had found her true life's calling, and left the world of social services to persue a career in music. Wanting to use her music to create social change, Dawn has organized and performed at many successful benefit events in the Asheville, NC area. She has been performing for a few years at clubs, coffeehouses, parties, and festivals around the Southeast. In the summer of 2002, Humphrey released her debut CD, 'You Don't Have To Wait Until Heaven'. The songs on this disc reflect Dawn's sense of social justice,family ties, and enviromental concerns, and cover a wide stylistic range, including blues, rock, country, world beat, and folk. Dawn currently spends her days raising her two year old son, and her evenings performing at public and private events with her acoustic Celtic-Blues trio, Sidhe. Sidhe vocalists are featured on the title track of Humphrey's CD. Their name is pronounced 'She', and refers to fairies of Celtic folklore. The group performs original, traditional,spiritual, and popular music with guitar, assorted percussion, flutes and penny whistles, and dynamic vocal harmonies. Humphrey plans to release a Sidhe disc in the not too distant future. Humphrey's CD has been well received, is selling well at shows, and has recently recieved much local airplay. Whether performing solo, with Sidhe, or with the quartet she occasionally forms for certain events, Humphrey puts in a passionate performance of fresh, deeply-felt songs. 'Soul is something that bleeds through all of Sidhe's songs, from their Irish folk tunes to their African chants to Humphrey's own socially conscious originals' -The Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC 'Bluesy, soulful mountain folk, with a twinge of political unrest' -Drips Coffeehouse, Hickory, NC Contact info.: Dawn Humphrey, email@example.com; 828-258-8432.