Music has played an influential part in her life since early childhood.
Her father is Frank Richard, former lead singer and percussionist of the popular funk/soul band Chocolate Milk.
On the April 16, 2009, episode of Making the Band, Combs revealed that he had released O'Day and Woods, along with Bex, from their contracts, and would be releasing Fimbres as well.
It is still unknown if this was part of a future solo endeavor.During an MTV News break, it was stated that Richard was working on an untitled comic book.Richard also said in an interview that she would be releasing a soundtrack for the Danity Kane comic book, to be released in March 2009. On January 27, 2009, Richard confirmed to MTV News in an interview that Danity Kane had completely split up.In 2009, Richard began working with Bad Boy Records, writing for artist Cassie and Combs himself.Soon after Danity Kane's breakup, Richard was featured in a commercial for the opposition of California's Prop 8.He then decided that it should be the name of the group.The name and story were first introduced during Danity Kane's Total Request Live appearance on June 14, 2006.Dawn Angeliqué Richard, known professionally as Dawn Richard or D∆WN (born August 5, 1983), is an American singer-songwriter, actress and animator.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 2009, and reformed the group with 3 of the original 5 members in late 2013.She is the first member of Danity Kane to have released professional music under a major label after their split, with the Dirty Money album.During 2010, Richard started putting the finishing touches on her mixtape, The Prelude to A Tell Tale Heart.