Elexa Dawson
Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Osage and Kanza Territory - Emporia, KS
United States of America


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Musical storyteller Elexa Dawson presents catchy, community-centered songs with a voice like warm honey mixed with Kansas prairie dirt.

Her 2019 album, "Music is Medicine" , was released through Lost Cowgirl Records. "Music is Medicine" has received international airplay and “High Place” charted at #6 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown.

First recognized regionally as a founding member of folk band Weda Skirts, Elexa is a born entertainer and skilled songwriter. Two albums (Artist: The Skirts, “Many Moons” 2016, “Mother” 2018) present songs that are influenced by her Potawatomi culture, nature, family, love and loss. She also performs and shares authorship with Heyleon, a cross-pollination of established Kansas bluegrass musicians. “Friends & Family” and “Fiddle Road” were both released by Elexa's burgeoning record label, Turns Out Records.

As a rural artist, Elexa values her community and has been perennially involved in fostering the next generation of folk musicians and artists in their work. For twelve years, Elexa produced the Chase County Earth Day Celebration, a free festival that exemplifies the community spirit of rural Kansas and the beautiful Flint Hills. 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 performer 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.