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Dawn Silva is an American funk vocalist.

Silva was born in Sacramento, Californiamarker. She started her career as a background vocalist for Sly and The Family Stone. She joined P-Funk in 1977. She was the only original Brides of Funkenstein member to continue through Brides' career. In 1978 with Lynn Mabry, (Funk or Walk). Bride's first single release on Atlantic Records "Disco To Go" sold over five hundred thousand units, and was certified Gold. In 1979, with Sheila Horne & Jeanette McGruder, she released the top single "Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy," voted by Rolling Stone 2001 as one of the top 50 coolest albums ever released. The Brides received a Rhythm and Blues Award in 1982 for writer and producer Ron Dunbar's title cut "Didn't Mean To Fall In Love."

Later career

Silva recorded and toured with The Gap Band in 1982. She signed a solo deal with Polygram Records in 1988, but her debut album was never released.

Her recording and touring credits include Ice Cube, Boyz In The Hood, Roy Ayers, Snoop Dogg, Coolio, B.B. King, and Parliament Funkadelic. Her first solo album release in Europe on Musisoft (Paris France) All My Funky Friends, December 2000, sold thousands of units, and was hailed by Tower Records (2001) as the only authentic funk album to be released in over two decades.


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