Dawn Shelton grew up as Dawn Joy Wilson in a very musical family. Her father began
singing in the 8th grade when he was asked to sing in the Messiah, and he regularly
sang solos in cantatas and itinerate ministries in various churches. Her mother had her
own radio program at age 17 and both of her parents were heard regularly on radio
broadcasts throughout the midwest and appeared on local television in Michigan.
Dawn's maternal grandmother played piano, studied music at Drake University
and, though urged by her educators to sing opera, traveled around the
country playing piano for evangelist
whom she later married. In addition,
all of Dawn's siblings and their children either sing, play musical instruments or
Born July 15,1970, the fifth and youngest child to Kyle and
always a "happy-go-lucky" kid, memorizing every commercial on TV, every Bible verse
song from Sunday School and many hymns from her childhood. She sang her first solo
at age 12 at summer camp and has performed in many choirs, competitions and musicals.
She studied voice privately in high school and college with Marian Hoffman
and won a Thursday Musical
scholarship for performing Giacomo Carissimi's "Vittoria, Mio Core"
and "I Hate Music" by Leonard Bernstein - the title of which suits Dawn's perspective
perfectly. (She enjoys singing far more than the thematics and dramatics of music itself.)
Dawn currently is adding venues for her jazz performances. She
resides with her husband, Lee, and three children in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota.