Dawnn Lewis is a multitalented and multifaceted individual. Born in Brooklyn, New York, of Guyanese parents, Dawnn is an NAACP & Trumpet Award winner, a Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple BMI & ASCAP Award-winning songwriter, film actor and a Series TV creator/producer (BLACK JAQ) for ABC. She’s now recurring on the hit TV shows MAJOR CRIMES & BETTER CALL SAUL, and as the narrative voice for BET’s bio-series BEING.
Dawnn recently wrapped production on the feature film THE REVIVAL, written & produced by acclaimed actor Harry Lennix and guest starred in SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, a new series produced by NBA star, LeBron James & Tom Werner.
She stars in the recently released films: THE DIVORCE, MEGACHURCH MURDER, A LESSON IN ROMANCE & TWO IN. Dawnn can be heard giving voice to several characters: “LaBarbara” in FUTURAMA, “Mrs. Hanshaw” in SOPHIA THE FIRST, “Granny McStuffins” in DOC MCSTUFFINS, as well as a variety of characters in the series TURBO & Disney/Pixar’s mega hit films MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and INSIDE OUT.
She stars in the groundbreaking John Avnet/Rodrigo Garcia short film series WIGS, in JENNIFER, written and directed by Mykelti Williamson, and also composed and performed some of the film’s underscore music. Other film & TV credits include: LET IT SHINE, THE POOF POINT (also contributed to score), I’M GONNA GIT U SUCKA, DREAMGIRLS, DINO TIME, STRANGE FRAME, CASTLE, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, ONE TREE HILL, SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, ANY DAY NOW, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM, HANDY MANNY, KING OF THE HILL, THE BOONDOCKS, The X-MEN, SPIDERMAN, RICK & MORTY. Proudly on the hit TV shows A DIFFERENT WORLD (composer of shows theme song) & HANGIN’ WITH MR. COOPER (sang theme). Dawnn also starred in “NYC Encore’s” Broadway presentation of THE WIZ ; created the role of, and won best actress: FRED AWARD (Los Angeles) and nominated for the 2007 best actress: SUZI AWARD (Atlanta), for her “knock your socks off!” performance in the world premiere of the Broadway hit “SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL” as Deloris Van Cartier.
Her record label, Morning Jewel Music, released her successful solo CD WORTH WAITING FOR, & partnered with & performed on “Donny McCullough & Friends: CANDLES IN THE WINDOW.” Dawnn’s concert schedule includes sold out performances at H.O.M.E in Beverly Hills, the Hands For Hope Jazz Festival and a sold out concert in the Cayman Islands for The CAYMAN HEART FUND. She’s recorded with or composed for Everett Harp, Patrice Rushen, Vanessa Williams, Nancy Wilson, Take 6, Weyman Tisdale, Grover Washington Jr., Quincy Jones, Michael Ward & Tom Scott (to name a few).
She’s served the last seven and half years on the National Advisory Board of the NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM, & four terms on the SAG National Board of Directors, participating in its merger with AFTRA, while serving all our years as the National Co-Chair & Los Angeles Chair of the SAG now SAG-AFTRA Singers Committee.
Dawnn also teaches Master Classes, mentors youth across the country, gives motivational lectures and lends her support to: EMPOWHER, The United Negro College Fund; Los Angeles Urban League, American Cancer Society; The March of Dimes; Youth Entertainment Studios; the Hall of Fame Foundation; Habitat For Humanity; The United States Conference on AIDS; The K.I.S. Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease; Artists For A New South Africa; Campfire Boys and Girls; The NBA/WNBA and other important causes.
Look for more detailed information about Dawnn on her Web site www.DAWNNLEWIS.com FaceBook: Dawnn Lewis Official Fan Page Twitter: @dawnn_lewis