Elexa Dawson

Rooted in the Flint Hills of Chase County, KS Elexa is a Native woman, mother and activist whose music draws from Americana and Roots styles. ​"Music is Medicine" is a concept album that took her down a path to rediscover the lives and history of women who walked before her.

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Every lyric on "Music is Medicine" conveys not only a strong personal message, but one that will profoundly speak to listeners. Lost Cowgirl Records is honored to help Elexa share her inspirational, story-telling songs with the world. Elexa also shared her passionate story with the First People's Fund and received a grant that assisted her in the journey of articulating her dreams and desires for her career as a singer and songwriter. 

Elexa is the founding member of Kansas' folk homegrown favorite, Weda Skirts (formerly The Skirts). They have released two self produced albums: Many Moons - 2016, Mother - 2018. Elexa's original music is sultry and spirited and the tone of her voice has been described as "warm honey mixed with prairie dirt".

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Elexa writes "Music is Medicine was conceived when two streams of my life came to a convergence. I’ve been working in music with bands but the time came for me to pursue a solo career that was buoyant and moving forward. I also longed to become more connected with my relatives up north in Michigan and Canada because the Great Lakes are my Anishnabe ancestors’ home. I wanted to reconnect my past and future generations, learn about what was so I can direct what is to come, and share my journey through the music. I needed medicine to heal that trauma that has been passed to me from the past seven generations so I did not burden my next seven generations. I used this project as a way to heal my personal wounds and I hope it will be useful in that way to many."

Live acoustic, version of "His Name" recorded at the Lost Cowgirl Studio. A studio version with a full band will be on the album.

Album Cover Art​

All songs on the album written and produced by Elexa Dawson

Recorded and co-produced by Peter Oviatt at Moonflower Sounds, Taos, NM www.moonflowersounds.com

Mastered by Brody Wellman

Photography by Jordan Storrer, Lifeleak Visuals

Graphics by Ann Freeman

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