Dawn Richardson grew up in Los Angeles and began playing the drums at the age of 13. Throughout high school and college she played drums and percussion in all sorts of groups, including rock bands, marching band, concert band, orchestra and percussion ensembles. She holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cal State Los Angeles and has studied with the principal percussionist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Raynor Carroll and with studio greats Steve Houghton and Greg Goodall.
Dawn currently lives in San Francisco where she teaches and continues to perform and record with various musical projects. Her beginning drum method book, “Building Blocks of Rock” has been well received by students and teachers alike. “Fill Workbook” was released in March of 2005 and both are available through Mel Bay Publications. She has appeared in feature articles in both Modern Drummer and Drum! Magazines and was the guest editor of the Drum! Magazine issue highlighting female drummers.
Dawn is also known for her work as a member of the pop rock band 4 Non Blondes. As a member of that successful rock act she received gold and platinum records for sales in the United States, along with thirteen gold records and nine platinum singles for International sales. She toured the world with 4 Non Blondes, opening for such rock legends as Aerosmith, Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Prince and has appeared on National and International television performing on The David Letterman show, The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, MTV’s Beach House, The Billboard Music Awards and England’s Top of the Pops.
Dawn has toured and / or recorded with Erika Luckett (Birdfish Records), Lillix (Maverick Records), Penelope Houston (Normal Records), Gus (Almo Sounds), Angel Corpus Christi (Almo Sounds), The Loud Family (Alias Records), Go Go Market (Featuring Chuck Prophet), Blame Sally, Kindness, Joe Gore, The Martinis (featuring Joey Santiago of The Pixies) and Vicki Randal (The Tonight Show).
In addition to playing, programming and teaching drums, Dawn has also composed soundtracks for several short independent films.