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Dawn Angeliqué Richard, known professionally as Dawn Richard (born and raised in New Orleans, LA), is a multi-platinum American singer-songwriter. Richard started her career after auditioning for Making the Band 3 in 2004, During this time Richard became a member of American girl band Danity Kane from 2005 to 2008, and in 2009 joined with label head Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kalenna Harper to form the group Diddy-Dirty Money.
Being in two groups, Dawn already has 2 consecutive platinum #1 albums under her belt with Danity Kane, a platinum album "Last Train to Paris" with Diddy-Dirty Money, a gold single "Hello Good Morning", and a 3x platinum single with Diddy-Dirty Money titled "Coming Home".
In 2011 following her departure from Bad Boy Records, she launcher her solo career. Richard has released four solo projects ("ATellTaleHeart", "Armor On EP", "Whiteout EP", and "Goldenheart"). "Goldenheart" was released on January 15, 2013, by Our Dawn Entertainment/Altavoz Distribution. The album received universal acclaim. Both "Armor On" and "Goldenheart" reached #1 on iTunes R&B/Soul in a matter of hours, reached iTunes Top 20 All Albums, and charted on 5 or more Billboard charts (all done independently with no push). Throughout Dawn's career, she's been able to develop a loyal fanbase that supports her both as a mainstream artist and an independent artist. Richard is now back in the studio working on and recording her sophomore album "Blackheart", due later this year.