Since shedding the skin of her former band memberships, Dawn Richard -- who switched to the mononym D?WN -- has relished in the freedom of steering her own ship and released her debut EP Armor in 2012. She went on to release two albums Goldenheart (2013) and Blackheart (2015) -- which makes up two-thirds of the Heart trilogy -- and the projects revealed two pivotal periods in the singer’s life. Preparing to reveal the third and final installment Redemption via Local Action/ Our Dawn Entertainment, D?WN finds solace after a dreary chapter in her life. Redemption is slated for release on Nov. 18 and the first taste of the forthcoming album comes today with “Renegades”-- which Billboard Dance is premiering exclusively below.
A self-assured D?WN introduced herself on Goldenheart -- the warrior-inspired record which drew influences from erotic painter Gustav Klimt and female warrior Joan of Arc -- and served as a 16-track message to everyone who doubted the New Orleans native’s talent. Progressing as an independent artist and often being told she was “over-ambitious”, Blackheart chronicled the downside of the music industry. “Once you get to a place where you’ve fought this battle, you look up and you’ve lost all these people along the way”, she told Billboard Dance of her “black era”. “At the end of that, there was a hint of hope because the recovery was coming.