"It's Now or Never" When Dawn Anita first started singing and performing professionally, she incorporated a couple of Elvis tunes in each of her shows, and invariably someone would come up to her and tell her how much they enjoyed her version of the King's songs. In fact, down through the years, she has been compared to the King many times, which, of course, was an extremely high compliment to Dawn Anita. Dawn Anita has been told that she displays the same energy and magnetism as Elvis with the ability to draw an audience to her. Her style and her music will put you in mind of Elvis, but with a unique twist since she is obviously very "female." She possesses a unique voice with rare charisma, and her stage performance is powerful. Her energy on stage, versatility, voice style and stage presence give her a rapport with audiences much the same as Elvis. Dawn Anita receives rave reviews everywhere she performs. Audiences fall in love with her from the moment she walks on stage, and she is always in demand for repeat performances. Dawn Anita has performed with such stars as Gene Watson, Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis and Joe Diffie to mention a few. She leaves a lasting impression when you see her perform. She has also made an appearance on the high seas aboard the SS Stella Solaris, a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. Dawn Anita has also received many awards during her career including 'Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year' in 1987 at the Oklahoma Opry, one of Oklahoma's most prestigious opry shows where many stars, such as Reba and Vince, have showcased their talent in their early years. Dawn Anita is also a prolific songwriter and had the distinction of winning an International Songwriting contest with the Indie Bullet. Her song "Cheatin' List" went to No. 2 in the independent charts and was number one in several of the overseas charts. She also won a songwriting contest sponsored by one of Oklahoma's top radio stations, KLAW in Lawton, Oklahoma, with a song she wrote entitled "Waltzing Angel." She has also had three national chart records, and the song she wrote with her mother entitled 'There'll Be No One to Live Out on the Farm' was a top ten song of the year in several states. Not only is Dawn Anita an accomplished performer, but she creates wonderful music in the studio and if you have an opportunity to purchase one of Dawn Anita's CD's, you will be glad you did, because they will provide you with many hours of listening pleasure.


"I Saw the Light" -  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 long time song writing 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."


"THE PLUMLEES" - SON GIVES BACK WHAT MOTHER GAVE UP I am a Diffie, and yes, music is a tradition in the Diffie family. As far back as I can remember, we all played music and sang. When I was about 7 years old, we lived on a ranch and dairy farm about ten miles from town in eastern Oklahoma, and every Saturday night folks from miles around would gather at our house for a "Saturday Night Music Fest." I remember I could hardly wait for Saturday to get there when I would get my turn to get up and sing. In my pursuit for stardom, I would try any approach. Remember. I grew up in the country. I ran away to marry at age 16 (I'm still married to that same fella). And I'd never lived a very lavish life. It wouldn't have been too unfair to label me a quintessential naive starry-eyed dreamer in her early 20's. But I was never bashful, and because I loved to sing so much and my husband, Jerry, loved to hear me, he would take me to clubs where I would ask the band if I could sit in, and usually they would let me. In fact, that's how I started singing professionally. In the early '70's while I was working clubs, I had so many fans who wanted to buy a record, I decided I ought to make one. I got in touch with Johnny Patterson, a former member of the famed Texas Playboys, who had a little studio in Ft. Worth. I told him I wanted to make a record for my fans, and asked him how much 500 single records would cost, and he told me $500.00. I figured I could handle that since I could sell them for $1.00 each off the bandstand and not be out any money. So, I went to Ft. Worth, recorded one Dolly Parton song, two Hank Williams' songs, and the original song I learned of Johnny's called "Loneliness is a Poor Excuse for Love," not having any idea what could and would happen. The recording of Loneliness turned out so well, that Johnny took it to WBAP in Ft. Worth, a 50,000 watt reporting station, and the hottest country music radio station in the area at the time. They didn't ordinarily program records on their daytime play list that were not on a major label, but one Saturday morning I was standing in the kitchen washing dishes looking out the window when I saw my husband come running up. He jumped the fence, ran in the house, and said "Dawn Anita, turn on the radio, your song's playing on WBAP!" My record then made its way to a little town in Missouri where an RCA talent scout was visiting his family. He'd heard Loneliness on the radio, but hadn't been able to get in touch with me, since the only address on the record was a post office box in Ft. Worth. He then happened to catch my act on a small syndicated television show I did in Tulsa, tracked me down and offered me a contract. During one of my conversations with him, he mentioned I would be on the road 5 or 6 nights a week touring, and that's when it dawned on me.....what about my kids? I knew Loretta and Tammy did it, but I just couldn't bare the thought of not getting to be there for my children. We never missed a ball game, a band recital, an awards assembly, open house...all the school activities. I stayed awake many nights fretting over what to do. Sitting in the dark one night, Jerry couldn't see my face, but he suddenly knew--I knew--I'd made up my mind not to go to Nashville. Not to take the contract. Not to go on the road. There are some things you cannot sacrifice. Your children go through their childhood only once. Surely, there will come a second chance for a career in music. Little did I know what a difference a few years could make to those in the music industry. But I have no regrets. My kids and I are incomparably close. During my so-called prime years, I turned down many opportunities that would have no doubt led to stardom. I chose instead to stay home with my husband and children. Some say I should be admired for my decision, but sometimes I wonder if I made the right choice. Had I taken that long and lonely road involved in a music career years ago, by now no doubt I would have been a "has been." But I've never given up my dream. I feel I have even more to share with the world now, but that ever-present age barrier stands in my way. Or does it? Maybe it was meant to be this way. Maybe I was suppose to wait until my son Jerry Don grew up, so he could give back to me what I gave up for him....maybe this is our destiny, after all, he's got that same Diffie blood running through his veins, and the magic is there. He has a raw, undeveloped talent with a little of that "Lefty" flavor in it that's just "itching" to break out and be heard.