Dawn Richard
Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard

About Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard has evolved from membership in Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money to become one of the more progressive forces in left-field pop, R&B, and electronic music. Since working closely with the instigator of those two groups, Sean "Diddy" Combs, the singer, songwriter, and producer has released several conceptual albums, from Goldenheart (2013) to Second Line (2021), which include a Billboard Top Ten R&B/hip-hop distinction for the former and a pair of subsequent Top Five entries on the Dance/Electronic chart. Richard evades genre restrictions with emotive and frequently thrilling results, and connects the past to the future by honoring her Louisiana Creole and Haitian heritage with visionary instinct. In addition to her work in the studio and on-stage, Richard is an actor and animator.
Dawn Angeliqué Richard was born and raised in New Orleans. Part of a creative family, she's the daughter of Chocolate Milk's Frank Richard and spent much of her upbringing in her mother's dance school. Before she achieved mainstream visibility, she recorded as Dawn Angeliqué, debuting in 2005 with Been a While, an independently issued set of contemporary R&B made while she was attending the University of New Orleans and working as an NBA cheerleader. Around the same time, Richard made her first appearance on Making the Band 3. The third edition of the reality series produced Danity Kane, a group that released two Billboard 200-topping albums, Danity Kane and Welcome to the Dollhouse, and split in 2009. Along with Diddy and Kalenna Harper, Richard then became one-third of Diddy-Dirty Money, a short-lived group that released the album Last Train to Paris and the mixtape Love Love vs. Hate Love before ending in 2012.
Richard resumed a solo career that has developed throughout multiple splits and reunions of Danity Kane. Amid mixtapes and EPs, as well as a third full-length with Danity Kane, she released a trilogy of solo albums from 2013 through 2016, beginning with Goldenheart, which dented the Billboard 200 and entered the R&B/hip-hop chart at number ten. Part two of her "heart" trilogy, Blackheart, took her sound further out two years later and almost topped the Dance/Electronic chart. Redemption completed the trilogy in 2016 and became her second Top Five Dance/Electronic entry. Richard started a new chapter three years later with New Breed, a set tightly connected to her hometown and her father. She continued in 2021 with her first release for Merge Records, Second Line, threaded with segments of discussions with her mother. ~ Andy Kellman

  • HOMETOWN
    New Orleans, LA
  • BORN
    August 5, 1983

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