“Melody came later because I didn’t care about the commerciality of a melody, or the hook.I was looking for something that felt good.”So in 2011, she struck out on her own (“I ran rather quickly”), releasing her first solo album, "Goldenheart," to critical claim in 2013, followed up with “Blackheart” in 2015, which peaked at number two on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic charts.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.“Absolutely, we were excited. 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 , rap star Diddy’s reality show that transformed unknown singers into R&B stars.
But while those years brought her fame, they weren’t without contention.Mike went on to a short-lived career at a video game company before working as the sound guy for porn films, and later into unemployment.Mike dated Liz for over a year, and his attempts to break up with her during the first episode of the second season were thwarted when she dumped him first.Bill Maher cracked a racist joke while interviewing a Nebraska senator and the audience thought it was pretty funny. Trump has pissed off everyone after pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Go inside for details on several states forming the United States Climate Alliance, how the Weather Channel trolled Trump and former president Barack Obama’s response…» CELEBS ARE JUST LIKE US: Amandla Stenberg Just Told Us Her Awkward Online Dating Story» EXCLUSIVE PHOTOSHOOT: Le Toya Luckett x The YBF Podcast» EXCLUSIVE: Antonio & Pregnant Terricka Cromartie Get The Greenlight For Blended Family Reality Show» Shaq Revealed His Feet Last Night. Bernice Burgos Tries To Come For Tiny Harris With Passive Aggressive Shade, Tiny Lets Her Have It» FOOLYWANG OF THE DAY: Pepsi Is Tone Deaf, Yet Accurate AF With This New Kendall Jenner 'Fights Oppression' Ad» SIP THIS TEA!This year, she hopes to complete the triology with “REDemptionheart.” (Two singles, “Dance” and “Not Above That” have already been released.)For her solo career she goes by D∆WN, and brings a large triangle to accompany her onstage wherever she's performing, be it her her Redemption tour (which wrapped mid-June), SXSW, or the Northside Festival in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, before which she sat down with to discuss what a long way she’s come from Danity Kane.