- Dawn Richard


Dawn Richard, aka DAWN, evolved from her membership in Danity Kane to become one of the most progressive forces in artful left-field POP and R&B. Prior to mainstream visibility, the New Orleans, Louisiana native was handpicked to be on hit reality show Making The Band because of her distinct vocal and dance ability. The 3rd edition of that reality series produced Danity Kane, a group that released two Billboard 200-topping albums, Danity Kane (2006) and Welcome to the Dollhouse (2008), prior to splitting. Then, along with Diddy, DAWN became one-third of Diddy-Dirty Money, a group that debuted in 2009, released an album (2010's Last Train to Paris). DAWN continued a solo career, topping Billboard Charts, indepedently. DAWN became the first black female independent/unsigned artist to present VR (Virtual Reality) visuals and live perfomances with her album releases. Her self-released material was progressive and often conceptual and tech driven, willfully oblivious to genre restrictions as it twisted R&B, pop, and electronic music with emotive and frequently thrilling results. A Telltale Heart (2011), a mixtape streamed over 1 million in a day, and Armor On (2012), an EP, preceded her second official album, Goldenheart (2013). Part 2 of her "heart" trilogy, Blackheart (2015), went farther out and topped Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. DAWN released Infrared (2016) EP w/ Fade to Mind, and Redemption (2016) and topped Billboard's Electronic chart.