Mike Dawson heard Ray Charles in Detroit’s Fisher Theatre when he was seven years old and his piano lessons were fueled by 1960’s Motown and Vietnam era rock. In 1974 Dawson’s family relocated to New Mexico where he picked up the electric guitar, and starting writing his own tunes. He played his first gigs with Tejano bands, Navajo musicians, and sheriff deputies. In 1985 Dawson earned his classical piano performance degree, studying with Julliard graduate Thomas Uchtmann, composer Robert Kehrberg, jazz legend Dan Haerle , and guitarist Steve Erquiaga. He played synthesizer and piano for the Mitch Paliga jazz group Sidestep winning Third place in the 1985 American Collegiate College Showcase (college version of the Star Search TV show). Soon afterwards Dawson earned his electronics engineering degree and worked in Texas, Malaysia, and Singapore. Always writing and performing music, an exhausted Dawson quit his engineering job and formed his 12 piece rock n’ roll big band Dawson’s New Rage. He ultimately produced six original music CD’s between 1999 and 2009 for New Rage. He has never looked back since his plunge back into the music life full time.
His latest music collaborations, Dawson & Lazo – The Hive Sessions and Dawson & Lazo features Texas singer/songwriter/composer Lisa Lazo. He also produces Texas World Music concerts that present music, arts, and science education events. In 2009 Dawson formed his new group Still Flame and performs music from his eight album releases. He considers “Dawson & Lazo” the best music he has written, produced, and performed.
In 2011 Dawson started his new media products company Assignment Universe to produce multi-media films and broadcasts inspired by Carl Sagan and the space program. Indeed, his new band Still Flame reflects a lifelong passion of fusing arts and sciences to inspire and educate humankind.
Lisa Lazo is an emerging singer-songwriter based in Dallas, TX and currently in the studio working on her debut solo EP Son and Moon. After performing and recording with various musicians, DJs, and composers in the genres of dance, electronica, alternative, indie rock, jazz and film scores, she is now cultivating some of the best music from her life’s experience. Son and Moon will consist of moody electronics, driving guitars with a hint of middle eastern tones, and down-tempo, trippy love songs. The first track scheduled for release is Silk of Love, a haunting, tribal dance track feauturing twangy guitar riffs and a steady dance groove coupled with her silky, sultry spiritualized vocal melodies.
All of her music reflects personal trials, tribulations and breakthroughs within the human condition, however her journey in the realms of metaphysics and her experience as a massage therapist/energy healer is influencing her music in a most powerful way now. “I had no idea how much my massage therapy/energywork career would influence, add to, alter, transform, heal myself as a singer/songwriter! I am so blessed to have 2 passions in my life.” Some of her influences for this EP are Bjork, Portishead, Garbage, Lisa Gerrard, and Madonna to name a few. Lisa will be releasing her first single Silk of Love from the Son and Moon EP in Spring 2012.
“Dawson & Lazo” is a six song CD release with co-writer and producer Mike Dawson of Texas World Music. If you are a music lover or musician you will certainly enjoy this music…there is something for everyone in the variety of styles and energy that are expressed in this CD. From jazz influenced rock, reggae rock to an ambient world beat sound it is a cool mix of music!