Why we're watching… Dawn Richard

by MOTM Editorial on Music News 14 Jan, 2013

The 29-year-old singer who is putting R&B on the map

She looks like she’s fallen asleep while voguingThis is just Dawn Richard‘s latest reinvention. You may have seen her in a previous incarnation in Danity Kane, the short-lived girl group put together on MTV’s Making the Band.

Oh, they were like Girls Aloud, weren’t they? Only “like” in the sense that they were also women. DK had a bling, urban polish about them. Well, to a point: “Our hair weaves fell out onstage. A lot,” Dawn says.

I take it Dawn “did a Cheryl”? The band broke up a while ago. She was briefly in P Diddy’s band Dirty Money and she’s now gone solo, making edgy R&B mentioned in the same breath as Frank Ocean.

So she won’t be singing about downing shots of Hennessy in a club to a David Guetta four-to-the-floor beat then? Highly unlikely. 2013 will see her release a trilogy of albums, beginning with GoldenHeart, that tells the tale of “a modern-day Joan of Arc in 2091″.

Should I hold my breath for the crushingly inevitable Chris Brown duet? No chance. She’ll be busy working on her album’s accompanying graphic novel.

She says: “Music is becoming less about ‘genre’ and more about a vibe. Think about what Prince did: he was a black man but broke down what R&B could be. I’m trying to do something fresh and new.”

We say: Making R&B exciting right now.

GoldenHeart is out on 15 January

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