Her debut album Goldenheart was released on January 15, 2013, by Our Dawn Entertainment; it received universal acclaim from music critics.
In 2015 Richard's sophomore album Blackheart peaked at number two on Billboard's Dance/Electronic charts.
After two successful albums, Danity Kane was unceremoniously disbanded by Diddy.
But he kept Richard on the label, ultimately teaming with her and Harper (a songwriter for Christina Aguilera and Ciara, among others) to create .
We were homeless for about six months, then we stayed in Baltimore and my parents got jobs."They met at 15 and have been together ever since.
To see them smiling, at a place where they grew up, and be able to do all the traditions we had when we were there, was a really nice thing," Richard adds, speaking by phone from Los Angeles, where she's on tour, while driving to Death Valley National Park. I don't wish homelessness on anyone, especially when you come from where your parents work hard."RELATED: MOST READ ENTERTAINMENT NEWS THIS HOURUntil Katrina, Richard had been leading an intense life, studying marine biology at the University of New Orleans, working as a cheerleader for the NBA's then-New Orleans Hornets and recording her 2005 debut "Beer & Wine" (under the name Dawn Angelique). Then I'd leave to go to the studio, then go till 4 or 5 in the morning, then drive to the lab at 8 the next day for microbiology class."The storm, in September 2005, dramatically changed her life, first for the worse, then the better. Then Richard landed a part in the third season of "Making the Band," rap star Diddy's reality show that transformed unknown singers into R&B stars.
Singer Dawn Richard's family celebrated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed their home and forced them to sleep in their cars, by returning to New Orleans for good."We just moved into another neighborhood.