November 2, 12:30 - 1:30p.m.
Drew is a local singer/songwriter from Dixon, IL. She has been performing since the age of 9 and music has always been a deeply rooted passion of hers. Covering many pop songs with a soul punch, R&B vocals, and growing up with many soulful influences, she would classify herself as pop/soul artist.
Though still young, Drew has been singing and performing for as long as she can recall. “I remember dancing in circles singing Selena’s Bidi Bidi Bom Bom at the top of my lungs,” said the young vocalist about her childhood. “When I was 9 years old I performed I’ll Be There by the Jackson Five. I got a standing ovation and there were a few men and women that cried. That was it. That was the moment I thought, I want to do this forever.”
As she focused more on her singing she was unable to shake the feeling that something was missing. “I couldn’t listen to Billy Joel or Elton John without feeling like I was missing out on the piano. If there was a piano around, I wanted to touch it. If piano was in a song ever so slightly, I heard it. Something about it just made sense. We match like a Jedi and a light saber!”
In the summer of 2010, Drew stepped out and entered the local Quad City Idol competition. She took first place and won the chance to audition in front of the producers of American Idol.
“I used to have some doubts about my musical abilities. I used to wonder if others wanted it more than me. When I realized that I was the only one holding myself back, everything changed. I embraced my responsibility.” Drew Dawson has begun her journey to success and won’t stop till she finds it.