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Everything You Need to Know About Jean Dawson and SZA’s Highly Anticipated Collaboration

SZA and Jean Dawson are the electrifying musical alliance the music industry didn't know it needed. Read for details on their collaboration!


Oct. 25 2023, Published 6:38 p.m. ET

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In the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry, exciting collaborations shape the soundscape and capture the essence of artistic innovation. The latest sensation to emerge from this creative synergy is the highly anticipated collaboration between the multifaceted artist Jean Dawson and the talented SZA.

Their unique styles and creative energies are set to collide, promising an exciting musical experience that fans won't want to miss. Now, we'll delve into the details of this promising partnership and explore what makes this collaboration so exciting!

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Who is Jean Dawson?

Jean Dawson (real name David Sanders) is a singer-songwriter who hails from San Diego and is known for his ability to seamlessly blend elements of rock, hip-hop, and R&B to create a unique and captivating sound.

Born to parents with roots in Long Beach, Calif., and Sinaloa, Mexico, Dawson spent his formative years moving between Tijuana and San Diego. These early experiences were marked by his mother's battle with depression, a factor that played a significant role in shaping his life and artistic journey.

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In 2019, the genre-agnostic indie performer gained recognition for his debut album, Pixel Bath. The project was an exploration of identity, self-discovery, and the complexities of modern life.

In late 2022, he followed up his freshman drop with the release of his second studio album, Chaos Now.

Dawson shared the inspiration behind the disc in an interview with Billboard.

"This album, I was having a really hard time toting a line that I was trying to create for myself. I wanted to use myself as a conduit to talk about something bigger than myself. Imagine writing a novel about yourself, without once saying your own name," the artist shared,

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What can fans expect from the Jean Dawson x SZA collaboration?

SZA and Jean Dawson's highly-anticipated joint single is entitled "NO SZNS." Co-penned by the dynamic duo, the song is a stripped-back, introspective collaboration characterized by dreamy electric guitar melodies and lyrics that delve into a myriad of emotions.

“In the spring, you can’t hear a thing / All the birds and bees, nobody thinks," the pair sings in the chorus. "In the summertime people off the brink / In California, we ain’t got no seasons, it’s all the same to me."

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Speaking to Rolling Stone, Dawson explained how the collab helped him "understand how one thing can be communicated multiple ways without the idea collapsing on itself with the weight of how complex the message could be.”

He added: “The way she communicates is profound and honest. She is the songbird of our generation and I love her to death.”

What are SZA's most successful collaborations to date?

SZA's recent collaboration with Jean Dawson is a noteworthy addition to her growing list of successful musical partnerships — which just keeps on growing.

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Take the platinum-certified "What Lovers Do" with Maroon 5, and "All the Stars" featuring Kendrick Lamar — which went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song — for example.

To date, SZA has racked up an impressive list of accolades. Among them is her award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2022 Grammy's for her collaboration with Doja Cat titled "Kiss Me More."

Not to mention SZA's NAACP Image Award and the series of nominations she's gotten from the Recording Academy, Golden Globes, iHeart Music, BET, and more!

So, is Jean Dawson up next? We'll just have to wait and see!

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