Longtime collaborators/partners Druski and Dawn Richard join forces for the brand new offering “Skywalker.” On the emotion-filled ballad, both Richard and Druski empower each other to move a head, laying their support through touching lyrics.
The Grammy nominated producer/songwriter Druski, who has also written for Fantasia, Michelle Williams, Bridget Kelly and Luke James, will step into the limelight by releasing his personal EP, “Places I’ve Ever Been” on July 9th. He will also duet with Bridget Kelly on the project. Listen here: Continue reading
First of all, let me just say how excited I am!!! The mother of the HEARTS Dawn Richard has made an announcement that The Black Era kicks off October 7th, 2013! The BlackHeart album is the second installment of Dawn’s trilogy following the first release GoldenHeart, which landed on Billboard’s Top 10 R&B Album chart!
“It’s kind of the realization that the music industry isn’t as great a lover as I thought it would be. So the fall is a bit more harsh. Whatever GoldenHeart was, where I came in whimsical and it was a bit more dreamy, BlackHeart is way more real, way more harsh, and way more brutal. And we’ve gained that in sound. I love it because it’s way more club-friendly and way more aggressive in the lyrics. This might be my more commercial album out of all of the albums that I do, but it’ll never really take away from the sound that I’ve created with my team.”
With BlackHeart, I think people are going to realize that the fall isn’t as sweet as you would think it is. When you fall and hit rock bottom, that aggression and that rock bottom is a whole different type of sound. We’re going to play with a lot of synth and a lot of EDM this time around.” The lyrics to BlackHeart, like I said, are a bit brutal. It’s way more honest and way more raw. So things are less decoded and less poetic, and more real and more relatable for people to understand. The sounds and the drums and 808s are way harsher and way heavier. We’re laying on that 808 this time, whereas in GoldenHeart the snare and the claps were leading the album. It was very top snare heavy. BlackHeart will be way more 808-heavy.”
Get ready HEARTS!!!
Dawn Richard lets her “Hearts” in on the creative process for the next installment in her album series, Blackheart, with the unfinished track “Alive.”
Richard wrote with the Soundcloud post, “Take one … in the lab recording rough vocals for #BLACKHEART Written/Produced by Deonte.”
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You guys have no idea how hard it was for me to refrain from clapping my hands or snapping my fingers during this recording session because that’s how much I really LOVE this song! Dawn Richard is a force! As you know I’ve been raving about her for some time now & I just felt it was time for me to cover one of her magnificent songs from her solo debut LP, Goldenheart. Let me just say how much I adore her for what she’s doing, especially because she’s in to taking chances & not conforming her art & she did all of this as an independent artist! The song ’86 touched me the first time I heard it. I love the retro 80s vibe & how Dawn delivers vocally on the song. Clearly I have a muse to focus on for this vocal. This is Toy Taha! Press play…
While she works on her second album Blackheart, Dawn Richard holds her fans over with some new music. The leader of the Hearts assembles the troops on “Army,” produced by Kev the Writer. Dawn effortlessly navigates the rocking beat with smooth precision while remaining in command.
Put your armor on and head to the front lines with Dawn.
My girl Dawn Richard currently has more hits in her bag than any other artist I know! Richard recently dropped the sexy track “Movie” via Twitter and of course, I couldn’t resist posting this. Listen here… Continue reading
Another new song surfaces from former Danity Kane & Dirty Money member Dawn Richard, “Love Me,” which was written by Luther Brown and produced by YoungPete. Richard has been killing the game and even her throwaways are ridiculously good! I can’t wait for the next installment BlackHeart from Dawn. Listen below… Continue reading
Dawn Richard gets eclectic with “Bum Bum.” Originally slated for her Goldenheart album, the song finds the singer sassy and sexy.
The track, which details a guy trying to get Dawn’s attention, takes inspiration from Dawn’s Haitian and New Orleans roots. “Bum Bum” samples the New Orleans favorite “Iko Iko” and Sister Nancy’s reggae hit “Bam Bam.” “Body like a felony, he wanna cuff me!” she brashly sings.
“Bum Bum” was produced and written by Druski, who’s work is featured heavily on Goldenheart.
The singer is currently headlining her Goldenheart Tour, with dates at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on March 20th and the Roxy in Los Angeles on March 26th. During time away from the stage, she’s working on her second solo album, Blackheart. Listen here… Continue reading
Dawn Richard’s “Goldenheart” is a futuristic, frequently danceable R&B album that’s already setting a high bar for the genre in 2013. The album melds soaring, ethereal vocals with genre-bending beats and frequent military references to inspire Richard’s fans (“Hearts,” as she calls them) to conquer any obstacle in their path. The album debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and the Billboard 200 at No. 137 last week with sales of 3,000 copies no small feat for a self-release, and even more impressive when Richard talks about the alternate path she could have taken with a label.
A veteran of two high-profile R&B groups at the age of 25, Richard first came to fame as a member of MTV’s “Making The Band” girl group Danity Kane and later partnered with the group’s mentor Diddy as a member of Diddy Dirty Money, lending verses and sharing hook duties on many of the tracks on 2010′s “Last Train To Paris.” But when it came time to pursuing a solo project with Bad Boy, Richard was told she’d have to wait as long as three, maybe even four years before anything could reach the public.
Listen below to an exclusive premiere of Dawn Richard’s “NLX,” from the deluxe edition of “Goldenheart.” Continue reading
GoldenHeart album in stores today!!! As you know, I have been so excited for this day, I am totally Team Dawn Richard because she’s a true artist and she pushes the envelope every time she creates, so I am just happy for her and that her dreams are coming to life! She has been on the grind for a long time wanting this. Below is an exclusive clip where she performed a couple of tracks for Rap-Up TV’s Sunset Sessions live. Included: ’86, Warfaire and title-track GoldenHeart. Watch here…
The time is now!!! Singer-songwriter Dawn Richard just unveiled the official video for her first single “’86″ from her debut solo album, GoldenHeart, available in stores & on iTunes today! Directed by Eugene Lee Yang, Richard pays tribute to her past in the cinematic visuals. “We’re using all the things in my past that people may view as negative as a catalyst to be inspiring—to fight for something,” Dawn explained. She continues, “’86 is a homage to my past. Everyone wants to look at the Danity Kane thing as a negative but it’s a positive. The girls have been and continue to be a guiding force in my journey throughout this music business.” LOVE this song & the video. Watch now! Continue reading
R&B should be prepared to be sonically refreshed and reset by what Dawn Richard is about to bring! This is another project I have been really looking forward to especially because Dawn did all of this hard work independently! Here is behind the scenes footage of Richard on the set of her first solo music video “’86,” premiering on BET’s 106 & Park on January 15th, which is the same date the project, GoldenHeart will be available in stores & digital outlets. She explains, “We’re using all the things in my past that people may view as negative as a catalyst to be inspiring—to fight for something.” Watch now! Continue reading