Why we're watching… Dawn Richard
The 29-year-old singer who is putting R&B on the map
She looks like she’s fallen asleep while voguing… This 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.
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