Earlier in the week, I posted a video of Dawn Richard performing an acoustic version of “Automatic”for the first time. Well, it was so nice the former Danity Kane diva had to do it twice. Dawn closed out her set at BMI’s “Next Fresh Thing” showcase at the Viper Room in L.A. last night with another stirring acoustic rendition of the track.
Since leaving Bad Boy, Dawn Richard has made major moves. During a recent appearance on KIIS FM’s “New Music Show,” the New Orleans native discussed her independently-released EP Armor On, which topped the iTunes R&B Albums chart, her solo debut album GoldenHeart, and performed an acoustic version of “Automatic” for the first time.
Scroll to 16:24 to watch the performance.
After dropping “Bombs” and unleashing Armor On, Dawn Richard readies “Pretty Wicked Things,” a new track set to premiere tomorrow. The former Danity Kane and Dirty Money diva has released three covers for the single, produced by her Armor On collaborator Druski. One cover depicts a crying Mary holding Jesus, another features roaring lions, and the third is a close-up shot of Dawn’s eyes with black hair and claw-like nails. According to her promo team’s Twitter page, the imagery was chosen to depict different ways to symbolize “Pretty Wicked Things.”
Check out the covers and the lyrics below.
Dawn Richard will not conform. The former Dirty Money diva takes control in the music video for “Automatic,” the bold second single from her chart-topping EP, Armor On.
In the first photos from the set, Dawn, who recently earned a BET Award nomination for Best Group with Diddy-Dirty Money, transforms from a Stepford Wife to a golden android, sporting body paint, various wigs and edgy costumes.
“Automatic” is the perfect follow-up to “Bombs,” with its no-nonsense lyrics and booming bass.
“How did I get/Stuck living like this/Picture perfect/f-cking Stepford wife,” she sings.
The video will debut this June.
If you haven’t already, download Dawn’s EP here.
Check out more shots from the set below.
Dawn Richard’s music video for “Bombs” has surpassed 300,000 views on YouTube. To mark the occasion, she released “Wild N’ Young,” a bonus track from her Armor On EP, today.
#wildnyoung was up against “Change” on the EP Armor On,” she tweeted. “I loved both songs. But chose ‘Change.'”
With its swirling synths and drum-led beat, “Wild N’ Young” is the bridge between “Heaven” and “Faith.” Once again, Dawn proves why she’s at the forefront of new age R&B.
By the way, if you haven’t read my interview with Dawn, check it out here.
Listen and download “Wild N’ Young” below.
In theory, when an artist has two stints in groups that end prematurely and isn’t linked to a major label, any hopes of a solo career are null and void. But what if that artist was always meant to be a solo star, and the groups were solely stepping stones to get to the next level. And what if the drama, personal and professional setbacks, and pessimism from the audience were used to build ‘armor’ in order for the artist to ascend even further. Enter Dawn Richard, who negates the theory and rewrites her story by taking control.
Before Making the Band 3, Danity Kane and Diddy- Dirty Money, Dawn’s grind began in 2003, with her indie album Been a While. Not a top-seller, the album was good enough to land her an opening gig for Anthony Hamilton. Fast forward to 2005, when she was named one of the five members of Diddy’s female supergroup — along with Aubrey O’Day, Aundrea Fimbres, Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgett and Shannon Bex –who became Danity Kane. They went on to released a pair of chart-topping albums — Danity Kane and Welcome to the Dollhouse — and became the first female group to have both their debut and sophomore albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Their success proved short-lived as rumors of turmoil and infighting reached a head. In 2009, Danity Kane split; that same year, Diddy announced the formation of a new hip-hop supergroup with Dawn and singer-songwriter Kaleena. Inspired by 80s groups Soul II Soul and Loose Ends, Diddy-Dirty Money released The Last Train to Paris in 2010. They unexpectedly disbanded the following year.
Now faced with a dilemma, Dawn had to choose: stay with Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint and wait two years to release solo material, or step away from the man who made her famous and follow her own path. Choosing the latter, Dawn took control of her destiny with release of Armor On, her first solo EP, in March.
Released through her company Our Dawn Entertainment, Armor On reached the top of iTunes’ R&B/Soul charts shortly after its release. While promoting and touring for the EP , Dawn took a moment to chat with World According to Montè about her journey and establishing herself as a solo artist.