I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, I will sing Praise to my God while I have my being"
Psalm 104: 31, 33
Dawn's warm, expressive singing shines through like never before in her new CD, Son of Mary: The Christmas Gift. Her pure voice is expressive and inspiring in the message that it brings through these songs. From the classic "O Holy Night" to the sparkling title track "Son of Mary" and the Polish carol "Lulajze Jezuniu" these songs reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. In a time when the world seems to encourage us to forget about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, this recording celebrates that holy night over 2000 years ago. Matthew Moore, a London composer, wrote and arranged nine of the twelve songs, as well as co-producing the album and providing background vocals with his wife, Katherine. Also included is "The Gentle Mother" by songwriter Rick Marcantonio. Recording was done by Gene Chmiel, Dawn's husband, at their studio, Act of Hope, while Matthew recorded at Chestnut Studios in London.
Son of Mary is dedicated in memory of Father Andrew Grzela, a friend of the Chmiel family who lived the spirit of Christmas every day.
Dawn lives in Webster, NY with her husband, Gene, and sons, Brian and Andrew. She has been involved in music ministry in the Church since the age of 11, starting as a church organist. She has worked with many different congregations and is currently Music Coordinator for the Chapel at St. Ann's Community as well as part-time organist and cantor for Church of the Annunciation and St. Charles Borromeo. Dawn also travels throughout the United States singing for charity benefits, weddings, and concerts. Her ministry is truly a family effort. Her husband, Gene, is the sound engineer at concerts and benefit events as well as the recording engineer in their home studio, Act of Hope Music. Brian and Andrew make up the road crew. Both of the boys are percussion students and will be featured on future CD projects.
God has greatly blessed Dawn with an angelic, ethereal voice that touches the soul. . She has been likened to Charlotte Church and Sarah Brightman. Her singing reaches out and evokes emotions that are in the listener's heart. In response to Dawn's first CD, "For His Glory", a listener wrote "I played your CD about 5 times, and it became the voice for the prayers trapped in my heart". Dawn gives all the credit to God - "My voice is a gift from God that I want to always be able to give back to Him. I feel His presence so strongly when I just let myself go with the music and focus on the words - speaking directly to Him. I can sense the presence of God so strongly when I'm singing - there's an almost unbelievable feeling that if I just reach out I'll feel His hand there guiding me through. Each time before I start singing at church, I have a simple prayer that I say. It helps me keep focused on why I'm there and doing what I'm doing. I just ask God to be with me and to let His honor and glory shine through the voice that He gave me." There is no other type of music that can hold the same joy and emotion for Dawn as does the sacred music she sings now. Her focus is to reach out to people with this gift and to bring them closer to Jesus. Dawn thanks God for the blessings of music and of the greatest blessing, her family.
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1. Son of Mary
2. Angels' Song
3. O Holy Night
4. Ding Dong
5. Lulajze Jezuniu (Lullaby, Sweet Jesus)
6. The Christmas Song
7. Ave Maria
8. What Does It Mean?
9. The Gentle Mother
10. One King
11. Our Savior's Birth
12. Love, Come Down