DAWN (formerly Dawn Richard) recently returned to the solo stage, for the first time since 2016 with a new single and video for “Jealousy.” The track is the first taste of DAWN’s new album set for release in early 2019 through Local Action/Our Dawn Entertainment .
With “Jealousy,” DAWN goes back to her roots, drawing from the “strength, power, vulnerability and culture” of her native New Orleans. The city’s rich musical heritage and the traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians come to the forefront of her music and visuals on both this single and forthcoming full-length project.
The video, directed by regular collaborator Monty Marsh, features Chief Montana of the Washitaw Nation, a tribe that has been in DAWN’s family for generations. One of the first women in history to be given permission to wear a chief’s headdress, DAWN is featured wearing traditional Washitaw Nation garb hand-sewn by Montana himself in the video.
DAWN explains the idea behind the song and video:
“Everyone experiences the encounter with their partners’ ex differently. This record explains how a ninth ward girl from New Orleans handled hers. The verse is my honest letter to the ex and her admission to jealousy is the hook. This song speaks on how jealousy can be a drug.
“The Visual explains my roots in the Washitaw Nation Tribe. I wanted to show New Orleans in a light most have never seen or are aware of. The Black Indian and Power of our traditional garb are shown in the visual. Chief Montana created my hand sewn headpiece representing the power of being both King and Queen. Our tribes spend all year beading these costumes to then dance and show off their work among other tribes. I used this practice as a metaphor for my response to his ex. Simply that I’ve put a lot of work beading and sewing my relationship, something she will never understand or never be able to do.”
9/28/2018 – Stamford, CT @ Palace Theatre
9/30/2018 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza ** SOLD OUT **
10/2/2018 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
10/19/2018 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
10/20/2018 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
10/29/2018 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/1/2018 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans House of Blues
11/2/2018 – Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
11/8/2018 – Washington, D.C. @ Howard Theater
11/9/2018 – Wilmington, DE @ World Cafe Live at The Queen
11/10/2018 – Freehold, NJ @ iPlay America’s Event Center
12/8/2018 – Reading, PA @ Santander PAC