The phenomenal Dawn Robinson first came to my ears as one-fourth of the sensational girl group En Vogue. Then, after her split from the group, she joined with two male colleagues to form the “millions-selling marketing genius” of Lucy Pearl.
I met her in 1998. She’d called my New York home to inquire about study with me. I’d been a fan of her music and singing for years, so of course I was interested. It seems that Teresa LaBarbara Whites, A&R for Destiny’s Child, had given her my number.
Dawn had heard my 17-year-old students Beyoncé, Kelly, LeToya and LaTavia in California during one of their recording sessions. Dawn stopped in to hear “those voices” as she put it. After listening to Destiny’s Child and speaking with the girls, Dawn came out with it: “So, I want to know who your teacher is? You guys are off the chain.” Beyoncé said, “David Lee Brewer! My father can give you his number.”But, Mathew Knowles did not give Dawn my number. Rather, my friend Teresa LaBarbara Whites did so, and I was grateful.
Dawn Robinson is one of the most human and honest people I know. She has a generosity that is unparalleled and her voice, a God-given gift, is a blessing to all who experience it.