Dawn Richard is having the time of her life as a solo artist. Beyond her Goldenheart album debuting at the #1 spot on iTunes R&B/Soul Charts, the album also charted at #10 on Billboard’s R&B Album Charts and #2 on the Heatseeker Charts to stellar reviews.
“To see these reviews and charts were overwhelming,” says Richard. “My team knows how hard I am on myself because I want us to be great. I’m always thinking if we are going too far, stretching ourselves too thin. Will they understand it? They did. Both the ‘hearts’ and critics. We created a project that was not conventional R&B yet it met both critics and the ‘hearts’ expectations.”
In addition, Dawn also shot with Fashion photographer Chris Clinton for International clothing company, Aritzia.
“My mom told me that when I was a kid, I looked at the TV and said I wanted to be in it,” says the New Orleans native after the shoot, catching her breath and taking a sip of water. “I didn’t know what I was talking about, but I knew I wanted something bigger—I dreamed bigger.”
GoldenHeart was influenced not by other musicians, Richard says, but by aesthetics. The painter Gustav Klimt, who uses bright gold leaf in his works, inspired the album name, and she says she watched the 1980s dance film White Nights, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines, on repeat. Richard says she wanted “a grittiness and a softness in the album, so you’ll see this hard and rough sound pieced together with such vulnerability.”