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I Saw the Light

by Dawn Anita Plumlee

Old time country gospel music with a bluegrass influence and a touch of Applachian flavor with outstanding vocals that ring pure and true that will bring you hours of listening pleasure of songs you have heard all of your life
Genre: Country: Country Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Go Rest High on that Mountain
4:25 $0.99
2. How Great Thou Art
4:33 $0.99
3. I Believe
2:40 $0.99
4. I Saw the Light
2:48 $0.99
5. Just Look What I Did
3:57 $0.99
6. We Just Called Him Pa
4:49 $0.99
7. Jesus, You Were My Ace in the Hole
3:08 $0.99
8. Precious Memories
5:30 $0.99
9. One Day at a Time
4:11 $0.99
10. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
2:40 $0.99
11. Wings of a Dove
2:55 $0.99
12. Raisin' Hell in Heaven
3:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
DAWN ANITA'S vocals on this country/gospel album are sure to delight any listener. Her clear, pure tones ring true and distinct with a genuine warmth that will sooth your soul. DAWN ANITA will captivate you with her country rendition of these old classic gospel songs as though each song had been written especially for her. As you listen, you will realize that through her own individual style she is able to create a mood on each and every song that is sure to please.

The instrumentation on these songs is some of the finest "pickin" I have ever heard and has a strong bluegrass influence with a touch of Appalachian flavor thrown in for good measure. The instruments and vocals blend beautifully as DAWN ANITA takes you down memory lane with songs that you have heard all of your life, but you will be moved by her new and fresh approach to your favorite old time gospel songs. She also includes four original songs that are sure to tug at your heartstrings.

The depth of emotion that DAWN ANITA portrays in her delivery of each of these songs will take your breath away. She adapted Vince Gill's "Go Rest High on that Mountain" as a dedication to her father, the original Joe Diffie, who passed away in 2000, and her son sang this song at his service. I'm certain Vince would be touched and honored by her rendition of this beautiful and touching song. You will be tapping your toes as you listen to the old standard written by Hank Williams' "I Saw the Light", and you will feel warm and comforted with her version of "How Great Thou Art".

There are few artists with the range that DAWN ANITA has, and this will be clear when you hear that last note on the all time favorite "I Believe". As you listen to her portrayal of "Precious Memories", you'll feel you are listening to a "new standard" as her style on this particular song and the arrangement is completely different from anyone else. One of DAWN ANITA'S favorite songs has always been "One Day at a Time", and one her most memorable standing ovations she ever received was when she decided to sing this tune in a nightclub in Ft. Worth, Texas, and no one can sing this song like she does.

DAWN ANITA'S children, Jerry Don and Priscilla, (better known as The Plumlees) join her on their rendition of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". Her daughter, Priscilla's (also known as "Punkin") lead vocals on the second verse is sweet, tender and precious and gives you insight as to her personality. This was her first attempt at lead vocals, and she certainly brings them home. Her son, Jerry Don, has had the privilege of completing an album with his mom, and he has the ability to portray a song with great character. His strong, resonant baritone voice comes through with clarity on his lead vocals on the third verse. Harmonies have always been a favorite of DAWN ANITA, and she was extremely pleased with the blend that can only be achieved by family members. No one (not even Jerry Don) realized that he could hit a low "C" bass note until he sang bass on this song, and they were clapping with delight when he put his bass part down. Punkin's low melodic voice rang true as she laid down the low harmony on the tracks, and they were all pleased with the sound that came through when DAWN ANITA put down her high harmony.

The four original songs on this cd are sure winners, and you will find yourself listening to them over and over so that you will be able to sing along. "We Just Called Him Pa" is a song that DAWN ANITA and her sister, Priscilla, wrote about their grandfather, and as you listen to the lyrics, you will understand what a truly wonderful, caring, "devoted to man-kind" person he was and why they were inspired to write a song dedicated to his memory.

The last song on the cd "Raisin' Hell in Heaven" is an original tune that DAWN ANITA was inspired to write when a longtime songwriting buddy of hers, Benny Day, gave her the title while they were visiting on the phone one day. She wrote the lyrics and her son, Jerry Don, helped her put the finishing touches on the lyrics and the tempo to make it come "alive". It was not intended to be a "gospel" song per se, but is rather a song that is a dedication to the memory of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings; however DAWN ANITA wanted to include it on the album because it has overtones that might lend itself to be in the gospel genre in a playful sort of way.

DAWN ANITA has received many awards and special recognition during her career, such as "Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year" at the Oklahoma Opry, was selected two years in a row to perform at Fan Fair in Nashville on the IFCO show and has three national chart records to her credit, but one of her greatest accomplishments.... one that she is the proudest of is this country/gospel cd. The response from all has been without a doubt some of the most complimentary and positive feedback she has ever received. Many of her longtime musician friends have told her, "We've always loved your voice, but you have definitely found your niche".

You will spend many pleasurable hours listening to this cd and basking in DAWN ANITA'S beautiful tones as you are wrapped in the emotion that she is able to capture on each song. Perhaps you will find yourself playing this cd when you are feeling a bit "blue" or a little melancholy because the mood set by the music on this cd is sure to "lift your spirit". DAWN ANITA states, "if the music on my country/gospel cd has a positive effect on any of my listeners, then I will feel that my endeavor into the gospel music field has all been worthwhile".



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Monica S

Let the music and Dawn Anita's voice move you
What a wonderful rendition of some of the old favorite gospel hymns! Dawn Anita's powerful voice resinates true God given talent. Tunes such as How Great Thou Art, I Saw The Light, Precious Memories and others are given the soulful treatment, which only Dawn Anita can deliver. Vince Gill's Go Rest High On That Mountain is a performed with such commanding emotion. If you're looking for gospel music with a unique twist, you've gotta purchase this one!

Pat Sullivan, a devoted fan

The names of three of the twelve songs on this cd create a powerful message, which is...... "I Saw the Light and I Believe How Great Thou Art". This message accompanied by Dawn Anita's powerful, yet sensitive and sincere, accomplished voice creates a gospel album that is like no other and is one you will truly be glad you have in your music library for your personal enjoyment when you wish to recall "Precious Memories" which is also one of the songs in the album.

Robin Aronson

Beautiful renditions of inspirational music
I love this CD! The songs are all beautifully done and are very uplifting. Dawn Anita has a gorgeous voice and really does justice to all of the songs on the CD. Go Rest High on the Mountain gives me goose bumps, I believe is beautiful, Will the Circle be Unbroken, with the other family members, is fun and the last song, Raising Hell in Heaven leaves me with a smile. Highly recommended!!!

April Guittar

Awesome cd, very moving and uplifting - I loved it!
I love this cd and have listened to it so many times! Go Rest High and How Great Thou Art moves me more than I can say, and I Believe shows how strong a voice Dawn Anita has. My very favorite is I Saw the Light - it makes me smile and tap my feet and brings me to a great mood every time I hear it. Will the Circle be Unbroken does the same thing - I love the entire cd and will listen to it many, many times- it'll give me a wonderful warm feeling each time I hear it.

Roy Haws

Dawn Anita Plumlee
Nice selection with amazing vocals. For Country folks...this is as good as it gets! Dawn Anita's vocals are out front and not buried in the music and is an absolute delight! The picture on the cover does not do the young lady justice though!

Mona Decker

I've known Dawn Anita all my life and heard her sing many wonderful songs. But
I absolutely love this gospel CD. One of the best I've ever heard anyone do. It is so soothing to listen to. It gives me many hours of pleasure just listening to the songs and wonderful harmony. If you like gospel music, you'll love this CD.

Gary Sefton

What a great way to treat these classic gospel songs!
I never get tired of listening to this CD. In this day of Contemporary Christian music Dawn Anita's "I saw the Light" CD re-energizes and breathes new life into some of the almost forgotten classic gospel songs and introduces a few of her own. Dawn Anitas' soaring vocals make the "Old Gems" sparkle and shine and the instrumentation is what I think God had in mind when he helped the songwriters pen songs like "Precious Memories" and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". A lot of talent and some "special" material make this an extra special CD. I listen to it a lot and you will too!