Mike Dawson’s keyboards are his ticket to other musical galaxies – literally. The Dallas singer, songwriter, musician, producer and educator mixes rock, jazz, R&B, world music and classical.
The man who grew up in Michigan and New Mexico settled in Texas after earning his piano performance degree from Eastern New Mexico University. Dawson’s love for learning inspired him to earn an additional degree in applied science in electronics. After graduation he traveled from Malaysia to Singapore and worked to develop technologies during the birth of the modern communications revolution. After a decade of work as an engineer, music’s siren song called him back to songwriting and composing.
Dawson has produced eight studio albums released on his Texas World Music label. His latest project Roar Electra, co-helmed with Texas musician extraordinaire Taylor Tatsch, follows efforts with his former rock ‘n’ roll big band Dawson’s New Rage. His current band, Roar Electra, inspired the new album’s title.
As a music and science educator, Dawson is all-encompassing. He’s a staunch advocate of music education and science literacy. Dawson finds endless elation and inspiration by tapping into the no-fear zone of children, that moment when they aren’t afraid to experiment and make mistakes.
“Writing music is in my DNA,” says Dawson. “I can’t stop writing music. It’s like commanding my heart to stop beating. Not going to happen. Playing music on stage or teaching music is an honor beyond compare.”