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A Different Side of Dawn
Posted May 22, 2019
By CaitlinLassiter_NRT, Staff Reviewer

What You Need To Know
As the lead singer for Grammy-nominated band Fireflight, Dawn Michele is no stranger to creating projects full of passion and grit. Now preparing to release her first full-length solo worship album, Dawn looked to fan support through crowd-funding website PledgeMusic to make Surrender a reality. Called an "organic extension of her creative ministry," the debut release seeks to display the artistic reach of the highly-celebrated rock vocalist. 

What It Sounds Like
Quite the shift from what fans are used to hearing from Michele, Surrender offers worship tunes with a pop flair. Featuring EDM elements on songs like "Overcome" and "Kingdom Come," the album covers a range of styles, all executed well by Dawn's powerhouse vocal. Taking on popular worship tracks "Is He Worthy" (Andrew Peterson), "Great I Am" (Phillips, Craig & Dean), and the classic hymn "How Great Thou Art," Dawn breathes new life into some of the genre's most moving songs. 

Spiritual Highlights
The whole of Surrender is crafted around a foundation of praise, finding roots of worship in every song. Bringing in themes of surrender ("I Surrender All [feat. Tim Timmons]), the holiness of God ("Holy One"), God's sovereignty ("God and God Alone") and His eternal glory ("Now and Forevermore"), this album houses a spirit of reverence from beginning to end.

Best Song on the Album
Dawn adds her own pop stylings to every song on the record, but the sound really pops on her take of the classic hymn "How Great Thou Art." The song is beautifully redone, bringing a modern and fresh feel to a song that stands among the greats. 

For Fans Of
Fireflight, Holly Starr, Sarah Reeves 

Final Word
Dawn Michele has long proved her status as one of the best vocalists in Christian music, but with the release of her debut solo record, she reinvents herself to show a different side of her growing artistry--a side that thrives in the worship realm. While we all are glad to see Dawn continue in the rock world, with Surrender, she moves into a new sound all her own that is sure to be a hit with fans.

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