Though known mostly as a member of the famed Dirty Money and former girl group Danity Kane, singer Dawn Richard is ready to make a name for herself as a solo artist. In doing so, the New Orleans native has been working in the studio on her debut LP ‘GoldenHeart,’ which will be the first of a trilogy of albums about “a lover fighting to protect her heart.”
In support of the project, Richard released her official first single “S.M.F.U. (Save Me From You)” about two months ago, and just premiered the visuals a few days ago. Keeping it black-and-white, director Ev Salomon keeps the clip simple enough to bring the ballad to life.
“I was going through something really, really bad and instead of me trying to keep things private, I like to give my vulnerability, make it strong, and put it out there,” Dawn Richard said. “And I feel like there’s a lot of people who pretend to be a hero, but they really are the villains in this story.”
Last month, Richard released an independent EP that was led by the track “December Sky,” which she said was inspired by lovers being separated by physical distance.
“A lot of people won’t be able to see their loved ones this Christmas,” she explained. “Whether they are serving in Iraq/Iran, in the industry, or working a 9 to 5, the truth is a lot of us aren’t able to make it home for the holidays. So this record is for them and anyone else missing their love-the sky and stars are a gift for all of us both because no matter how far apart we are, we are under the same sky.”
‘GoldenHeart’ is expected this spring.