Dawn Richard Signs to Merge Records, Readies New Album

January 26, 2021 - 09:49 AM

By ANDERS HARE (Rated R&B) - Dawn Richard is stepping into a new era after signing a new deal with Merge Records.

In addition to the news, the singer-songwriter/acrtress also plans to release her forthcoming album on April 30, according to Billbaord.

"I set out a long time ago to create a lane where genre was optional.  Where a Black woman could thrive in electropop and Afrofuturism unapologetically," Ricahrd stated about her recent record deal.

She added, "This record has been such a cathartic experience.  To create an immersive storu highlighting New Orleans culture through a futuristic lens has just been... a wild-ass ride.  I'm stoked to take the wild ride with Merge, and hopefully, the world wants to jump on, too."

After propitious beginnings with the groups Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money, respectively, Ricahrd pursued a solo career with the release of Goldenheart in 2013.

The New Orleans native's last project, New Breed, was released in 2019.  In 2020, she released a song called "Hold My Hand," as well as announced her partnership with Adult Swin.  In her partnership, Richard serves a a creative sonsultant for the channel's upcoming projects.

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