Member Spotlight: Elexa Dawson


Elexa Dawson

Elexa Dawson Member Spotlight


Elexa Dawson presents sultry, spirited, original music and a voice like warm honey mixed with Kansas prairie dirt.

"Music is Medicine" (2019, Lost Cowgirl Records) debuted Elexa's community-centered songwriting, and “High Place” charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown.

First recognized as the founding member of Weda Skirts, two albums (Artist: The Skirts, “Many Moons” 2016, “Mother” 2018) present songs influenced by her Potawatomi identity, nature, family, love and loss. Elexa also performs with Heyleon, a cross-pollination of established Kansas musicians. “Friends & Family” and “Fiddle Road” were both released by Elexa's burgeoning record label, Turns Out Records.

As a rural artist, Elexa values community. For twelve years, produced the Chase County Earth Day Celebration. In 2019, Elexa was awarded the Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship from First Peoples Fund and granted funding for her debut album. She performed multiple private showcases at Folk Alliance International in January of 2020, and was a delegate at the concurrent International Indigenous Music Summit. She’s on the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Touring Roster. In 2020, she was awarded the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Fellowship. She serves on the Matfield Green Works Advisory Council.

Elexa is currently a student of sustainable agriculture and dreams of hosting a rural art-farm-camp in the Flint Hills in the coming years.

Find Elexa's music and social media here:

Facebook: Elexa Dawson

Instagram: @elexadawson



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Originally published October 7, 2021

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