“One of the most influential music producers of her time” ABC News Now
Dawn Elder is an American Entertainment magnate and celebrated music and media personality, and composer. She is the owner of Dawn Elder Management & World Media & Entertainment, a US-based production and media/entertainment firm. Elder is also the founder and creator of the world-renowned International Friendship Festivals and Peace through Music series which have helped to bridge cultural divides in the United States and abroad.
Ms. Elder, a composer, pianist and producer has received numerous honors and awards for her music productions, multicultural events and Global television broadcast specials and has earned numerous awards of recognition from the music, film and entertainment industry. She has been recognized and honored for her work by former President Clinton, and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Arab League of States, American Composers forum, Association of the Arts Presenters, National Recording Academy to name a few for both her work in multi cultural arts and music over the last 20 years.
ABC News Now called her one of the most influential producers of her time. And in 2006, a feature article on her work in the LA Times entitled “the world is listening”, she received critical acclaim for making a difference in the World Music and bridging Middle East Cultural understanding throughout the global and local communities in the United States. Elder has been featured on NPR, BBC, The World, Pri, Afropop, along with hundreds of other National and International broadcasts, dailies including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and other weekly and monthly publications. Elder has been the keynote speaker at major cultural conferences and forums including at the world Glocal Forum on multiculturalism in urban cities in 2006 held in Ankara, Turkey before world leaders and more recently by the Arab League of States for the Arab Capital of Culture conference held in Bahrain.
Elder has produced over a thousand events, concerts and network specials and has worked with some of the most renowned artists in the entertainment industry including Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Santana, Woody Harrelson, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Was, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Ramone, Grover Washington, George Clinton and the PFunk, Beachboys, Don Henley and JD Souther (Eagles), Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Paul Simon, Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Crosby Stills & Nash, International artists such as Fairuz, (Cheb) Khaled, Assala, Simon Shaheen, Souad Massi, Riffat Sultana, Kadim Al Sahir, George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Wadi Al Safi, Sabbah Fakhri (Two Tenors of Arabic Music), Cheb Mami, Amina, Mayssa Karaa, Marcus Nand, Enzo Avitabile & the Bottari, Alphonso Johnson, Randy Waldman, Rami Jaffee , Voices of Afganistan, Dalia Lama to name a few.
Elder has also directed and developed numerous documentaries and special concert broadcast specials for major networks such as ABC, NBC, PBS, LBC, ART, and ANA/MBC. She has also developed and produced some of the largest cultural festivals and conferences in the country including TEAM Expo Teaching Entertainment, Arts, and Music, International Woman Conference, Project Teach, Tomorrow Teachers with the national music icons the Beach Boys and P.A.T.H.E.S., Preservation of Artistic, Traditional Heritage Entertainment Society. In her efforts to promote Middle Eastern and North African cultural she developed and produced the AMAL Awards, Arab American Music, Arts, and Literary Awards in Washington, DC at the Ronald Regan Building, Debka for Peace, Peace through Music, Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms, River of Song light of the East, The Sudanese Music & Dance Festivals , When Music Matters, Sahra at the MGM Grand, just to name a few.
Elder also manages numerous music projects and produces tours for some of the most highly regarded International world music artists today. She assisted with the world wide broadcast event held in Rome, Italy, 2004 attended by over one million produced by Quincy Jones, “We Are the Future”. Additionally, some of her more historic recordings and performance collaborations include legendary Lebanese diva Sabbah and the Bridge (Michael Sembello) -One Planet One People, The reunion recording of the songs of Africa from late legendary Nubian singer Mohammed Wardi with the African Birds , Simon Shaheen & Qantara Blue Flame, and We want Peace, featuring Lenny Kravitz and Kazem Al Sahir. Tomorrow/Bokra a charity song and TV special and music Video with Quincy Jones that featuring some 25 Arab North African Artists together in one song.
Some of Elder’s more momentous occasions includes the 2002 collaboration with Quincy Jones at the World Economic Forum in New York where they introduced Middle Eastern artists into the mix of the event along with world celebrity artists in the wake of 911. In addition, the challenge of breaking down barriers in 2003 she toured an Iraqi artist just a few weeks before the war. Followed by the 2004, collaboration of Khaled & R & B legends Earth Wind & Fire at Grammy Jams. And in 2005, the bridging of the Middle East & North African, Latin and western music through her recording and live performance work with Khaled & Santana in the song “Love to the People” and the Peace through Music series. . In 2007 and 2008 the development, recording and live presentation of the Sudanese Music & Dance Legends on tour reaching thousands globally. Other notable productions include the National Arab American Museum collector’s compilation recordings Love & Compassion featuring Kazem Al Sahir with Paula Cole and Karina Pasian, Citizen of the World featuring Khaled, Lin Cheng, Sunny Ade, Kalash Kher and Flying Machines in 2010, and the presentation of the Global Gumbo All stars with Quincy Jones in Morocco, and recording of the charity song Bokra/Tomorrow featuring stars of the Arab world. 2011. Her live and recording project in 2012-2013 with legendary Afghan vocalist Ustad, Farida Mahwash, along with master musicians from Afghanistan including Homayoun Sakhi and others for a new album entitled Voices of Afghanistan, Love Songs for Humanity received numerous awards and was critically acclaimed by NPR, PRI and BBC as one of the most significant record to come out Afghanistan. In addition, late 2013 Elder penned an Arabic adaptation of ” White Rabbit” with writing partner Hanin Omar which features a Lebanese Vocalist Mayssa Karaa. The song was featured in the 10 time Golden Globe winning film American Hustle. The result has changed the landscape for (Arabic Music) in Hollywood films by leaps and bounds. The soundtrack and Compilation American Hustle -on Sony Classic featuring this ground breaking rendition of White Rabbit- Arabic was nominated for the 57th Grammy Awards, 2015. In 2014, Producer, and now president of Blue Note Records Don Was who Elder has worked with for numerous years requested Elder write an Arabic-English rendition to the classic song by Bob Seger, Turn the Page which was later performed by Was and his members from the original Silver Bullet band. Additionally in 2014 Elder Co-wrote and produced, and released as a single entitled “Over Again”. The single was then performed at a concert she produced and created entitled “When Music Matters” for the Abu Dhabi Festival in 2015. In 2015-2016 founding and producing a music education program series entitled Ultimate Vocal & Music Summit, that pays it forward to young talented kids living in the United States and Canada.
In addition Elder is working on composing and producing a new collaborations recordings with varies international artists including a series of new fusion songs in English and Arabic that will be part of a new film documentary for My Fusion TV and My Fusion TV Arabia entitled When Music Matters – “The next generation”. The documentary features 10 young emerging artists from the countries of Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Jordan. She is also the music producer and executive producer of the first in a series of Music Recording compilations as collector’s editions for the Arab American National Museum entitled Love & Compassion, where she co-wrote two of the tracks including; Love and Compassion “Hub Wa Haneen”. Moreover, she is the co-songwriter and music producer and executive producer for Grammy nominated artists Khaled and Carlos Santana, in a the song Love to the People.
In 2016 Elder began writing and producing one of her most ground breaking albums yet entitled Only Human for a young talented Singer-Songwriter protégée Ty Waters who is 10 years old. The first single to be released is Only Human, followed by Feel the Fun, Never Gonna give it Up, and Try Try Try. The entire album was produced by Elder, at one of the most historic and renowned studios in the recording industry Sunset Sound Recorders. Tracking the entire album with some of the most celebrated musicians including nearly 150 Grammy awards, and hundreds of albums between them all including Randy Waldman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Nat Watts, Rami Jaffee, Sean Hurly, Kenny Aronoff, Bill Bergman, Les Lovitt, Tariqh Akoni, Michael Fish Herring, Paul Hefti, Bruce Gaitsch,
Elder who is of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean heritage grew up in San Francisco one of the most culturally diverse cities world. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic. Dawn’s knowledge, dedication and love for multicultural arts and world music has led her to become one of the leading broadcast authorities and music producer for this growing genre in the film & entertainment industry. She has been instrumental in bringing numerous collaborations with western artists to fruition, and the culture and music to the forefront of American Audiences.
Elder is an active member in numerous humanitarian non for profit organizations and is a member of following industry consortiums; American Performing Arts Association (APAP), WOMEX, International World Music Association Pollstar, International Concert Consortium, NARIS, National Academy of Recording Sciences (Grammy), RIAA, Recording Industry Association of America, BMI, Music Cares, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) International Music Managers Association (IMMA)
Jeff Peters is a award-winning producer/engineer with over 30-years experience in live sound, technical production and recording. He has worked with The Beach Boys, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Timothy B Schmit (Eagles), Christina Aguilera, Woody Harrelson, Two Rooms: Celebrating the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Jennifer Love Hewitt, AR Rahman, Kadim Al Sahir, Khaled, Hakim, Goldspot and Jerry Garcia Band, as well as world events such as Live Aid.
Nello Sognamiglio -Europe Sound and tour production
Award winning Engineer with over 20 years experience in live sound, tour production and technical staging. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian, and has worked with many of the many recording artists in France and Italy including Khaled, Enzo Avitabile & the Bottari, Amina to name a few.