Dawn Anita’s roots are deeply embedded in country music. She grew up in a musical family and has been singing since the age of 7. Her folks would host regular Saturday Night Music Fests, and folks would come from miles around to sing and play music, and she could hardly wait to get her turn to get up and sing. A real cowgirl, she was raised on a ranch in southern Oklahoma, and she and her husband currently live on a ranch near where she lived as a child. She is equally at home on horseback or on the stage singing or reciting her cowboy poetry. She has performed throughout the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Early in her career she spent five years singing with the famed Texas Playboys and has performed with artists like Red Steagall, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Johnny Russell, Johnny Rodriguez, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Gene Watson, Joe Diffie and Tanya Tucker. She has received numerous awards during her career for her singing, song writing and poetry, including “Female Vocalist & Entertainer of the Year” at the Oklahoma Opry, and she was named the 2017 Ms Senior Oklahoma of America. She has released several albums over the years, and in November 2017 she released a western album entitled Down on Wildhorse Creek, which was nominated for Album of the Year with the Academy of Western Artists Association and the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association. In November 2018, she released an album entitled The Country In Me , and it was nominated as Album of the Year with AWA.. In March 2019 she was named by AWA as the 2018 “Western Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her album Saddlin’ Up For God, Country & Cowboys was released in October of 2019, and is still receiving lots of air play in the states and overseas. One of the songs she wrote on the album entitled “Stand Up I’m Talkin’ About Texas” was listed as the No 1 most played song by western DJ’s according to the Fall 2019 edition of Western Way. She also released an EP with her son Jerry Don Plumlee entitled "Raisin' Hell In Heaven," and she and Jerry Don have nominated by AWA for Pure Country Duo with AWA, and the album has been nominated as Pure Country Album. In addition four of the songs have been nominated as as Pure Country Song. Dawn Anita was so sad to learn of her nephew Joe Diffie's death in March of 2020 from Covid. She released an EP of 5 unreleased duets that she and Joe had recorded prior to his signing with EPIC. She felt it is a great legacy and folks all over the world are enjoying listening to these tunes. This EP has also been nominated as Pure Country Album with AWA, and the song "Sweet Dreams Die Hard" has been nominated as Album of the Year. As you listen to Dawn Anita’s music, you will be enchanted with her pure vocals and her original style. Some songs will bring a tear to your eye, some will make you laugh, and some will set your toes to tappin’, and they all are sure to be pleasing to your ear!
AWA 2018 Western Female Vocalist
Ms Senior Oklahoma of America 2017
Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year 1987 Oklahoma Opry
Winner of Dallas Song Writer Award 1990 Top Female Vocalist - KLAW Radio 1987
Winner of International Song writing Contest 1989
"It's Now or Never" When Dawn Anita first started singing and performing professionally, she incorporated a couple of Elvis tunes in each of her shows, and invariably someone would come up to her and tell her how much they enjoyed her version of the King's songs. In fact, down through the years, she has been compared to the King many times, which, of course, was an extremely high compliment to Dawn Anita. Dawn Anita has been told that she displays the same energy and magnetism as Elvis with the ability to draw an audience to her. Her style and her music will put you in mind of Elvis, but with a unique twist since she is obviously very "female." She possesses a unique voice with rare charisma, and her stage performance is powerful. Her energy on stage, versatility, voice style and stage presence give her a rapport with audiences much the same as Elvis. Dawn Anita receives rave reviews everywhere she performs. Audiences fall in love with her from the moment she walks on stage, and she is always in demand for repeat performances. Dawn Anita has performed with such stars as Gene Watson, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis and Joe Diffie to mention a few. She leaves a lasting impression when you see her perform. She has also made an appearance on the high seas aboard the SS Stella Solaris, a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. Dawn Anita has also received many awards during her career including 'Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year' in 1987 at the Oklahoma Opry, one of Oklahoma's most prestigious opry shows where many stars, such as Reba and Vince, have showcased their talent in their early years. Dawn Anita is also a prolific songwriter and had the distinction of winning an International Songwriting contest with the Indie Bullet. Her song "Cheatin' List" went to No. 2 in the independent charts and was number one in several of the overseas charts. She also won a songwriting contest sponsored by one of Oklahoma's top radio stations, KLAW in Lawton, Oklahoma, with a song she wrote entitled "Waltzing Angel." She has also had three national chart records, and the song she wrote with her mother entitled 'There'll Be No One to Live Out on the Farm' was a top ten song of the year in several states. Not only is Dawn Anita an accomplished performer, but she creates wonderful music in the studio and if you have an opportunity to purchase one of Dawn Anita's CD's, you will be glad you did, because they will provide you with many hours of listening pleasure.
dawn anita & jerry don "THE pLUMLEES"
Country music has produced its share of DYNAMIC DUOS who will live on forever in the pages of country music. Because of the versatility of duos, they have in the past successfully captured the hearts of many a country music fan, which is precisely what Dawn Anita & Jerry Don are all about. They have that “old-school, traditional country music appeal” which puts you in mind of duets like Conway & Loretta and George and Tammy. Jerry Don’s raw, yet accomplished vocals, will grab your attention and touch your soul much like Lefty was able to do. Dawn Anita’s vocals ring pure and clear, and are a combination of Patsy and Loretta, and she has the ability to reach out and touch you, and you feel every note she sings. They both have great emotion in their delivery that makes for a duo that takes you back to the days of real country music. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a duo who grasped the heart and soul of country music as well as artists like Conway & Loretta but Dawn Anita & Jerry Don bring to mind this kind of believability.
The title cut on this EP “Raisin’ Hell in Heaven” written by Dawn Anita & Jerry Don along with their co-writer Benny Day takes you back to the “outlaw” days of Johnny, Waylon, Willie and others, and captures the feel of music from that era with cleverly written lyrics combining certain phrases used in their hits. Dawn Anita also co-wrote “Blue Side of the Red River” with Vern Dailey, and it represents a very skillful use of a “hook” in a song. Their good friend and gifted writer Dean Charles, who passed away shortly before this release, allows the listener to not only enjoy the melody and lyrics in the three songs he wrote on this EP, but also makes you pause and reflect on their meaning.
Country music has had a mother and daughter, a father and daughter, two sisters, two brothers, a brother and sister, and almost every combination imaginable, but what about a mother and son? Well, now we do, and no one can fill these shoes better than Dawn Anita & Jerry Don. You will love their distinct sound that only can be captured by family members. Their voices blend like magic, yet they each have their own individual sound that you will fall in love with from the very first note.
"THE PLUMLEES" - SON GIVES BACK WHAT MOTHER GAVE UP I am a Diffie, and yes, music is a tradition in the Diffie family. As far back as I can remember, we all played music and sang. When I was about 7 years old, we lived on a ranch and dairy farm about ten miles from town in eastern Oklahoma, and every Saturday night folks from miles around would gather at our house for a "Saturday Night Music Fest." I remember I could hardly wait for Saturday to get there when I would get my turn to get up and sing. In my pursuit for stardom, I would try any approach. Remember. I grew up in the country. I ran away to marry at age 16 (I'm still married to that same fella). And I'd never lived a very lavish life. It wouldn't have been too unfair to label me a quintessential naive starry-eyed dreamer in her early 20's. But I was never bashful, and because I loved to sing so much and my husband, Jerry, loved to hear me, he would take me to clubs where I would ask the band if I could sit in, and usually they would let me. In fact, that's how I started singing professionally. In the early '70's while I was working clubs, I had so many fans who wanted to buy a record, I decided I ought to make one. I got in touch with Johnny Patterson, a former member of the famed Texas Playboys, who had a little studio in Ft. Worth. I told him I wanted to make a record for my fans, and asked him how much 500 single records would cost, and he told me $500.00. I figured I could handle that since I could sell them for $1.00 each off the bandstand and not be out any money. So, I went to Ft. Worth, recorded one Dolly Parton song, two Hank Williams' songs, and the original song I learned of Johnny's called "Loneliness is a Poor Excuse for Love," not having any idea what could and would happen. The recording of Loneliness turned out so well, that Johnny took it to WBAP in Ft. Worth, a 50,000 watt reporting station, and the hottest country music radio station in the area at the time. They didn't ordinarily program records on their daytime play list that were not on a major label, but one Saturday morning I was standing in the kitchen washing dishes looking out the window when I saw my husband come running up. He jumped the fence, ran in the house, and said "Dawn Anita, turn on the radio, your song's playing on WBAP!" My record then made its way to a little town in Missouri where an RCA talent scout was visiting his family. He'd heard Loneliness on the radio, but hadn't been able to get in touch with me, since the only address on the record was a post office box in Ft. Worth. He then happened to catch my act on a small syndicated television show I did in Tulsa, tracked me down and offered me a contract. During one of my conversations with him, he mentioned I would be on the road 5 or 6 nights a week touring, and that's when it dawned on me.....what about my kids? I knew Loretta and Tammy did it, but I just couldn't bare the thought of not getting to be there for my children. We never missed a ball game, a band recital, an awards assembly, open house...all the school activities. I stayed awake many nights fretting over what to do. Sitting in the dark one night, Jerry couldn't see my face, but he suddenly knew--I knew--I'd made up my mind not to go to Nashville. Not to take the contract. Not to go on the road. There are some things you cannot sacrifice. Your children go through their childhood only once. Surely, there will come a second chance for a career in music. Little did I know what a difference a few years could make to those in the music industry. But I have no regrets. My kids and I are incomparably close. During my so-called prime years, I turned down many opportunities that would have no doubt led to stardom. I chose instead to stay home with my husband and children. Some say I should be admired for my decision, but sometimes I wonder if I made the right choice. Had I taken that long and lonely road involved in a music career years ago, by now no doubt I would have been a "has been." But I've never given up my dream. I feel I have even more to share with the world now, but that ever-present age barrier stands in my way. Or does it? Maybe it was meant to be this way. Maybe I was suppose to wait until my son Jerry Don grew up, so he could give back to me what I gave up for him....maybe this is our destiny, after all, he's got that same Diffie blood running through his veins, and the magic is there. He has a raw, undeveloped talent with a little of that "Lefty" flavor in it that's just "itching" to break out and be heard.