Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Dawn Richard Finds Heart of Gold with "Goldenheart" Album
New age R&B singer/songwriter gears up to release first of trilogy series this fall.
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 17, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Coming off the heels of her critically acclaimed #1 EP, Armor On, singer/songwriter, Dawn Richard has announced the release of her debut LP, Goldenheart. The 12-track LP marks the solo debut from the New Age R&B singer, introducing fans and newcomers alike to the first of a three part series of love, loss and redemption. The album will be released on October 16, 2012 featuring production from longtime collaborator and Grammy nominated producer Andrew "Druski" Scott (Trinitee 5:7, Michelle Williams, Keyshia Cole, Omarion), The Fisticuffs (Miguel, Jhene Aiko) and Deonte (Will.I.Am, Chris Brown, Lloyd).
Richard has found a pot of gold the unconventional way in today's everchanging music industry. Competing for a coveted spot in what would be multi-platinum recording group Danity Kane on national television in Sean "Diddy" Combs' Making The Band reality TV series to transitioning into a Hip-Hop group with Diddy Dirty-Money, Richard has managed to not fall victim of most "here today, gone tomorrow" stars. In Spring of 2012, Richard announced her decision to part ways from Bad Boy with Diddy's blessing to pursue a solo career and plans to release an EP, Armor On.
"There were a lot of doubters after I announced my decision to leave Bad Boy," says Richard. "But I'm a survivor. I'm a fighter. I have a story that needs to be told not only for me, but for those out there that are like me."
On March 27, 2012, Richard released Armor On exclusively on iTunes and within three hours, the EP landed in the #1 spot on the iTunes R&B/Soul Charts and debuted on the Billboard Charts at the #4 spot on the Heatseeker Charts, #15 on the Independent Charts and #28 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts respectively. Alex Macpherson of the UK Guardian gave the EP 4 out of 5 stars calling it "...impeccable throughout." Ptichfork.com gave the EP 8.5 out of 10 calling Richard "one to watch" and placing her as one of the leaders of New Age R&B.
"No label. No budget. No features and we managed to go #1 which is rare in today's R&B climate," says Richard. "There were five people involved in making this album happen. We are taking the 'Do-It-Yourself' motto to a whole other level and it's exciting. Goldenheart will be no different. The 'hearts' [fans] are speaking in numbers. This is our time."
"Goldenheart is going to be a life changing album," proclaims Grammy nominated producer/songwriter Druski. "It's exciting that we are changing the mold of R&B, how it sounds, how it looks and how it is distributed. You don't see this kind of movement in Urban music, especially on the Independent level. She's done it once, I know she'll do it again."
Recently, Dawn has released several videos from her successful EP including the Eugene Lee Yang (Marina & The Diamonds) directed "Faith". The singer dropped a buzz single from the Goldenheart project titled "Pretty Wicked Things" which MTV Buzzworthy helmed as their "Song of the Week" and "...the most sophisticated song from a member of Danity Kane." Currently, her videos including "Bombs" and "Automatic" can be seen on BET, MTV Jams, MTV Base (Africa), MTV UK and MTV2 and Armor On EP is available for purchase on iTunes. The first official single from Goldenheart is titled, "'86" and will be available on iTunes September 26th.
For album review or interview requests, please contact Andrew Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Goldenheart information please visit: www.dawnrichard.tumblr.com, www.dawnrichardblog.com or follow Dawn Richard on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/dawnrichard.
ABOUT DAWN RICHARD
Singer/Songwriter Dawn Richard is a founding member of the Bad Boy Records multi-platinum selling group Danity Kane. Born and raised in New Orleans, Richard grew up with music constantly surrounding her. Her father, a musician and choir director was one of the members of RCA Records' R&B group, Chocolate Milk. Attending the University of New Orleans on full scholarship, Richard's first claim to fame was as a opening act for Anthony Hamilton. Five years later, the songstress auditioned for Making The Band, season 3. After making the group, Richard wrote several records for Danity Kane's second platinum album Welcome to the Dollhouse and eventually wrote for other Bad Boy recording acts including Day26 and Diddy himself. In 2010, Richard joined Diddy to form the critically acclaimed group, Dirty Money. Richard wrote on five records for the Last Train To Paris album that has sold over 500,000 copies since it's 2011 debut. On March 27, 2012, Richard released her Armor On EP which debuted at the #1 spot on iTunes R&B/Soul Charts. The EP landed on the Billboard charts at the #4 spot on the Heatseeker Charts, #15 on the Independent Charts and #28 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts. For more information please visit: www.dawnrichard.tumblr.com or follow Dawn Richard on Twitter at @DawnRichard.
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