Richard also stated 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 2011, following her departure from Bad Boy Records, Richard launched her solo career.
Her debut album Goldenheart was released on January 15, 2013, by Our Dawn Entertainment; it received universal acclaim from music critics.
The name and story were first introduced during Danity Kane's Total Request Live appearance on June 14, 2006.
Richard has also remixed a song with London-based artist Cherri V, titled "Fast Car".
Smothers, Esq., agreed after negotiations with Sean "Diddy" Combs of Bad Boy Records, to postpone release of the album while arranging an immediate release from her exclusive recording contract with Yeah! Although it had no releases and did not chart, the studio album "Been A While" was still good enough to secure her a spot as the opening act for Anthony Hamilton in Tallahassee, Florida.
During the recording of "Been A While", she focused on touring and live performances, dance, and becoming an NBA cheerleader for the New Orleans Hornets while attending the University of New Orleans Richard's "big break" came in 2005 when she auditioned for the MTV show Making the Band 3 in Orlando, where she was chosen to compete for a spot in Combs's future girl group.After the negotiated release from her contract with Yeah!Brother Records, she elevated her career by signing with Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment. The idea for the name of the group came from one of Richard's drawings.In 2015 Richard's sophomore album Blackheart peaked at number two on Billboard's Dance/Electronic charts.On November 18, 2016 Dawn released the final installation to her album trilogy REDEMPTION. Their freshman and sophomore albums "Danity Kane" and "Welcome to the Dollhouse" both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.