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|Birth Name||Dawn Penn|
|Years active||1966–1970, 1987–present|
|Labels||Big Beat, Atlantic, Universal Music Group, Studio One|
Dawn Penn Biography
Dawn Penn is one of the original queens of reggae music. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, she grew up in a musical family, studying piano, classical violin and performing with her sisters Pat and Audrey in churches. Her first recording was “When I’m Gonna Be Free” was in 1966. She then recorded for the legendary Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and her first hit came in 1967 with the title “You Don’t Love Me – No, No, No”, one of the most famous reggae hits of all-time which has been covered by countless artists around the world including Beyonce, Rihanna, Sean Paul, Wu-Tang Clan, Eve, J Millz and Lily Allen.
Over the next several years several singles were released including three: “Blue Yes Blue”, “Here’s The Key” and Long Day Short Night” on Prince Buster’s Label. In 1970, Dawn Penn moved to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to explore her roots on her father’s side. She returned to Jamaica in 1987, re-recording her single You Don’t Love Me” with Steelie and Cleavie in 1991. Steelie & Cleavie’s version (which they recorded to commemorate Studio One’s 35th Anniversary) was a crossover hit in the mainstream pop charts and was picked up by Heartbeat in the U.S. King Jammy’s recording that was done the year before with Bounty Killer, Dennis Brown and Ken Boothe, under separate recording on the Greensleeves label became a dancehall smash.
In 1993, Big Beat (Atlantic Records) signed Dawn Penn to an 8-year album deal, and by the following year she was back on the charts with her re-recorded dancehall version of “You Don’t Love Me – No, No, No”. The single charted in 53 countries, was featured in advertisements for Nissan and Churchill and the album was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1995 she produced and recorded her original track “What Do You Do?”, followed up by Delroy Williams and herself producing the album called “Come Again” on Trojan Records which sold close to 110,000 copies. Her 2000 single “Never Ever” was released on Jet Star, becoming a smash hit on BBC Radio 1.
In 2001 she was honoured with the “Martin Luther King Award” by Caribbean Images in recognition of her contribution to Jamaican music. From 2002-2004 she collaborated with top U.S. hip hop artists including John Forte of the Fugees on (“What You Gonna Do” and “Mercy pon we”) culminating in the release of the R & B Album- “Never Hustle The Music”, touring extensively across Europe. In the US, Cocoa Brovaz (“Spit Again”) was a Project on Rawkus.
Dawn Penn toured Hawaii with Alpha Blondy in 2005, officially releasing “Growing Up” to wide acclaim. Since then, Penn has been thrilling vintage reggae lovers and crossover fans alike at festivals in the U.K., Sweden, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy. She has written her book “Story of my Life” available in the Kindle Format on Amazon and all ebook stores. She is selling the book in the hard copy plus all her merchandise including the 2013 Calendar on her website.
Ah-E-A-Oh Ahead In Life Alimony All About Love All Virgins Angel Back In The Days Bedroom Bounty Hunter Believer Big Up Body A Shake Bonafide Girl Boombastic Bow Wow Wow Broadway Bullet-Proof Buddy Can\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t Fight This Feeling Can\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t Hold Me Chica Bonita Chow Church Heathen Clothes Drop Criteria Dame Dame feat. Kat Deluna Dance & Shout Day Oh Diva Don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t Ask Her That End of the World (Drink Up\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’) Everything You Need Feel the Rush Feeling Alive Finger Smith Fired Up (F*ck the Rece$$ion!) Fly High 2012 Follow Me Forgive Them Father Freaky Girl Full Control Gal Roll Gal You A Pepper Gal Yu a Pepper Geenie Get Back My Baby Get Down To It Get My Party On Get Up, Stand Up Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Girls Just Want to Have Fun Give Thanks Give Thanks And Praise Glamity Gone With Angels Good Times Roll Heartbreak Suzie Hey Love Hey Sexy Lady Hold Me Holla At You Hookie Jookie Hope Hot Shot How Much More Hurting I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m Rebel I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m Sorry In The Summertime Intoxication Island Lover It Bun Me It Wasn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t Me Jenny John Doe Jump and Rock Just Another Girl Keep\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’n It Real Keep\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’n It to Me (Swingers mix) Kibbles and Bits Lately Leave It To Me Leave Me Alone Letter To My Kids Lonely Lover
Lost Love How Them Flex Lucky Day Lust Luv Me, Luv Me Luv Me Up Mad Mad World Mampie Man a Yard Me Julie Midnite Lover Mission More Woman Move Hype Mr. Boombastic My Dream Needle Eye Nice And Lovely Not Fair Oh Carolina One Burner Out Of Control P.h.a.t. Perfect Song Piece Of My Heart Ready Fi Di Ride Reggae Vibes Repent Rise Road Block Sexy Body Girl Sexy Body Girls Sexy Lady Shaggy & Rayvon Show Shake Shake Shake She Gives Me Love Shut Up And Dance Soldering Soldiers Story Something Different Soon Be Done Special Request (Rough Cut Demo) Stand Up Strange Love Strength Of A Woman Sugarcane Supa Hypnotic Tek Set Tender Love Thank You Thank You Lord That Girl The Only One (Lie to Me) The Only One (Lie to Me) (feat. Jaiden) The Rain is Coming The Train is Coming The Voices Of Sweet Jamaica – All Star Remix These Are The Lips Think Ah So It Go This Could Be Your Day Those Days Too Cute Too Hot To Handle Train Is Coming Ultimatum Version Walking In My Shoes Way Back Home We Are The Ones We Never Danced To The Rub-A-Dub Sound Wear Di Crown What\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Love Why Me Lord? Why You Mad At Me? Why You Treat Me So Bad Wild 2Nite Wildfire Woman a Pressure Me Woman Scorn WorldCitizen (Radio Edit) [feat. Shaggy] Jahcoustix Would You Be Wrong Move You See Him Face