Dawn Sears (December 7, 1961 – December 11, 2014) was an American country music artist.
In addition to her work as a backing vocalist in Vince Gill’s band, she recorded three solo studio albums, of which two were released on major labels.
She charted one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
Sears was born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
She began her career in 1990 with the album What a Woman Wants to Hear on Warner Bros. Records. The album produced three minor singles.
Because of her debut album’s poor performance, Sears had decided to leave the country music scene. However, she later received a call from Vince Gill, who had asked her to join his road band as a harmony vocalist.
In addition to singing harmony on Gill’s 1993 album I Still Believe in You, Sears provided duet vocals on the track “An Out of Control Raging Fire” on Tracy Byrd’s 1994 debut album.
In 1994, she was signed as the first act on Decca Records’ newly revived country music branch. Her second album, 1994’s Nothin’ But Good, was issued on Decca, and its lead-off single, “Runaway Train”, entered the country music charts.
Other singles from the album were unsuccessful, and Dawn exited Decca’s roster not long afterward. A self-titled album was released independently in 2002.
Sears returned to her work as a backup vocalist for Gill. She made appearances on several of Gill’s albums, including his 2003 album Next Big Thing. Sears also performed in The Time Jumpers.
In February 2012, Sears was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was diagnosed as Stage 3B in March 2013.
She died in Gallatin, Tennessee on December 11, 2014, aged 53.
Sears was married to Kenny Sears (a Time Jumpers bandmate), and had a daughter, Tess.