by Kemi Bennings
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Dawn McClain has emerged from the same rich soil of so many
great African American singers. Like so many powerhouses and trailblazers in music, Dawn began
singing in the church at a very early age. An 80′s baby with a splash of 60′s and 70′s influence, and a
sprinkle of gospel roots, she blends and bridges the generation gap with newly-coined music genre,
“classic soul groove gumbo”, which encompasses a variety, depth, scope and experimental musicstyle
Upon relocating to Atlanta in1998, Dawn became integrated into the arts and music scene; Atlanta,
being a major music hub and one of the most progressive for both major label and independent artists.
Embracing its southern hospitality amid her California-girl flair, Dawn began her quest as lead vocalist
of Sol Factor Band. During her tenure as lead vocalist, Sol Factor became one of the most sought
after bands around the city of Atlanta. Sol Factor featuring Dawn McClain has been featured on
102.5′s Art & Soul Summer Music Series, V-103′s Art and Jazz, and the highly acclaimed Michael
Baisden Show. Dawn has also appeared on Good Day Atlanta and other local networks.
Dawn has had the opportunity to share the stage with Roberta Flack, Jeane Carne, Ann Nesby, Kem,
Gordon Chambers and Malcolm Jamal Warner. She is also among the burgeoning Atlanta
Renaissance, sharing the stage with other emerging trailblazers to include Phillippia, Gaelle, Smoki
Brown, Joi Gilliam, The DollDaze, and Avery Sunshine, to name a few. She has performed at many
of Atlanta’s premiere events and venues such as Hard Rock Cafe, Sugarhill, Soul Sista’s Juke Joint™,
Centennial Olympic Park, Sambuca and the historically popular Apache Cafe, formally Ying Yang
To be within an earshot of a Dawn McClain performance is to be mesmerized and bathed in the
essence of song, clash and fusion; music with passion and force, sensuality and jazz, bluesy rocksteady
R&B, funk and futuristic soul…that is, “classic soul groove gumbo”.
©2010 Kemi Bennings
All rights reserved. Kemi Bennings and Dawn McClain