Singersroom Presents: Dawn Richard with Bridget Kelly at S.O.B.s on Jan. 17Sat, Jan 12, 2013
As a founding member of the Bad Boy Records multi-platinum selling group, Danity Kane, and "new age" R&B singer, Richard is independent in more ways than one: stepping out on her own as a solo artist, and doing it without the backing of a major label. She’s an artist with a focus and message; that the little voice in your head and feeling in your gut is your passion, and it’s important to follow it.
Her own story is one of passion. A student of music and dance since a child, Dawn was an opening act for Anthony Hamilton and was a New Orleans Hornets Cheerleader, all while attending New Orleans University. Richard’s music and dance career was briefly placed on hold when her and her family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, but her passion refused to stay silent, as she auditioned and was chosen for Diddy’s platinum-selling girl group Danity Kane, then going on to be a part of the trio Dirty Money. Now, Dawn’s passion has led her to solo pursuits without the help of a major label, just the support of her loyal fans, family, and team.
"It’s a journey of a message," Dawn told Singersroom about her first solo album Goldenheart. "You look at the story of Joan of Arc and what she was, that’s more religious and it was a battle for her, but it’s more the story of her having a message that she felt she needed to carry through, that she went about it by any means necessary, and it was almost borderline madness; she didn’t know if she was crazy, or if she really did have a message.
She continued: "To me, that’s the story of passion; you’re fighting for something beyond what you can even explain to people. And the only way to explain it is by saying, “I have something that I have to teach you, and I’m not retreating until you understand that this is important. And that’s exactly what this message is with this album, from the lyrical content, to the visual, to the dance artistry of it all. We have a message, it’s plain and simple: you have to fight for your passion, and you have to fight for your love, but we’re just doing it in a way that’s not preachy. We’re just doing it in a dope way that’s like an average, regular album, but we wanted to do it in a slick way that has you wanting more. It wasn’t like, preaching to you “you have to do this,” it’s more like yo, when you fighting in a battle, it’s ok to fight as long as you know that you’re the survivor you can win the battle. And that’s the battle with love, that’s the battle with this music industry, it’s whatever you choose it to be. But for me, it was my journey in the industry."
Dawn will will be joined by Roc Nation's Bridget Kelly during her live performance at S.O.B.s NY, and Goldenheart will hit stores Tuesday, January 15th.
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