Dawn Derow

MY SHIP: Songs from 1941

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Last Show: Saturday 11 th March 2023

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Tapping into the 1941 Hit Parade with songs like 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and 'The White Cliffs of Dover', Dawn Derow's 'My Ship' explores the emotional climate of America as it entered WWII and opens our minds and heart to the women of that era, whether they were a 'Rosie the Riveter', a housewife raising children alone, a USO entertainer, or a nightclub singer.  Derow revisits the music that comforted and uplifted a nation until there was peace 'At Last'.

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“Dawn is a performer that brings to the stage heart, fun, and sexuality"

Times Square Chronicles January 2022 Album Release!

In 2008, Dawn, having lived in New York City for several years, began to pursue a Cabaret career. Over the past 12 years, she has performed in prestigious venues, including the Weill Center at Carnegie Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don’t Tell Mama, The Friars Club, the Bitter End, The Cutting Room, Carroll Place, and most recently The Green Room 42.

Dawn used her songwriting and guitar abilities throughout her Cabaret performances, leading to high praise for her shows. Dawn soon after began reeling in the awards. Her CD Music 4 TWO with award-winning guitarist Sean Harkness earned her a 2014 nomination for “Best CD” from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).

In 2015, Dawn won her first MAC award for her work in the duo show REVOLUTION with Kathleen France. In 2016, Dawn employed her formidable opera singing skills in her solo show LEGIT: A Classical Cabaret. She received a Bistro Award for “Outstanding Vocalist” for her performance. Two years later, Dawn won the 2018 MAC Award for “Best Female Vocalist” for her critically acclaimed show, My Ship: Songs from 1941. Her director, Jeff Harner, also won “Best Director” from the Bistro and MAC awards. 

In Fall of 2018 Dawn sang in the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Convention at Rose Hall at Lincoln Center. You can view Dawn’s performance of “White Cliffs of Dover” on her YouTube Channel. Please subscribe and follow her.

Based on her love for her father’s vast record collection that Dawn grew up listening in 2019 she created a show called "The House that Built Me" with Matt Baker, Peter Calo and Steve Doyle, where she weaves a story of how the songs inspired and helped her blossom into the multi-faceted performer she is today. The show was nominated for 2020 for a Mac award and played to packed houses in NYC and Cape Cod.

During the pandemic she created a show with Peter Calo called "The Backyard Troubadours" since there weren't any venues opened and social distancing was a thing - they played this show literally in Dawn's backyard in North Salem, NY. Featuring music by Carly Simon, Jimmy Webb, Rickie Lee Jones, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, and much more…


In December 2021 a release of the corresponding album of My Ship: Songs from 1941 - on the ZOHO Music label received rave reviews and is currently playing on jazz radio stations around the US & Canada. In April 2022, Derow’s “My Ship” CD earned her a  third MAC Award, this time in the “Recording” category. Dawn has recently become a regular guest vocalist with the Cape Symphony conducted by Jung-Ho Pak. Dawn is currently performing around the country with three different productions: My Ship: Songs from 1941Dawn Derow Sings Eydie Gormé, which has played Birdland (2021) Theater and made its Feinsteins/54 Below Debut (March 2022), and the Folk Rock Group show Backyard Troubadours, celebrating the music and artists who debuted at Troubadour Club in West Hollywood from the 1960s until today. In July 2022, she returned to Carnegie Hall in a supporting role in the Dorothy Dandridge Musical (Concert version of select songs) portraying Marilyn Monroe. This show is currently working towards Broadway. She now spends her time in North Palm Beach, Florida newly married with their dog Maddie and continues to perform all around the US. 

Not only is Dawn an exceptionally versatile singer, but she is also an actress, dancer, and professional Health Fitness & Mobility Coach. She's been a personal trainer for more than 14 years and still teaches stretching and mobility to her clients weekly. 

Band Line Up

Dawn Derow (vocals)

Nathan Martin (piano)