Great female fronted rock band, Lots of highs lows and melodic sounds from these guys with that great heavy rock sound us fans adore, there are touches of old school grunge mixed in too, with some fantastic metal guitar riffs. The lead singer is like a cross beetween Heart & No Doubt Vocally superb, Lyrically supreme and the music is mind blowingly supersonic. All round excellent band indeed.
New Day Dawn is an American rock band whose music is “anthemic…with big, bold choruses.” This is due, in part, to the band’s work with platinum-selling songwriter/ guitarist Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down), and John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob) who each produced tracks on their new release “Rise Above This.” But this is mostly due to front lady, Dawn Botti’s belief of doing “whatever it takes” to follow one’s dreams. For years she led a double life as a senior corporate executive by day and a rock musician by night until June of 2012, when she was confronted with an ultimatum. “My boss said to me either you’re going to be successful here and you’re gona push your music back down to a hobby level, or you can’t work here.” It was a choice Botti had thought about on a regular basis but she says when it was actually presented to her, “it was the easiest decision in the world to make. I’m not giving up music.”
Soon after she parted ways with her nine to five, Botti and her band consisting of drummer Gary Szczecina (who is also Botti’s husband) ,guitarist PJ Angeloni, and bassist Elo Hernandez, finished their second album, “Rise Above This”, released in March 2013. The album showcases Botti’s powerful, sexy and skilled vocals. Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down) and Bobby Capps (.38 Special) make guest performances on the release.
New Day Dawn isn’t Botti’s first attempt at rock success either. Her previous band, Slushpuppy, received early airplay from Matt Pinfield on NYC’s K-Rock (WXRK 92.3FM), back when it mattered and regularly filled iconic venues like CBGB’s. Slushpuppy broke up in 2003. Shortly thereafter their bassist Cory Baker committed suicide. Determined to never quit, Botti started New Day Dawn which released their first full length album, The Company We Keep, in 2008.
“Rock and roll was originally music of the people. It came from a place of rebellion, a place of helping people question the status quo, and helping people question if what everybody else is saying is really the right way to live your life, or if there’s another way to live.” says Botti, and nobody embodies questioning the status quo, and finding another way to live, quite like her. After one listen to “Rise Above This”, it’s clear Botti is a woman, and New Day Dawn is a band, you won’t want to forget.