New Song: Dawn Richard, ‘SMFU (Save Me From U)’

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After changing up the girl group game FOREVER as part of Danity Kane (RIP!) and providing the sweet crooning on tracks like “Hello Good Morning (feat. T.I.)” as one-third of P. Diddy‘s 2010 side project Diddy-Dirty Money, 28-year-old Dawn Richard has been putting in WORK for years now.

But after serving up her skills inside a few groups, the talented vocalist is finally stepping out on her own as a solo artist. As a treat to fans for Halloween, the “Show Stopper” crooner (oof, I just miss those girls so much!) released an acoustic version of “SMFU (Save Me From U),” the lead single from her upcoming album, crafted by up-and-coming producer Druski. Set on top of a gorgeous piano melody and a gentle guitar strum, Richard lets her soulful stylings fly on her solo debut: “I’m tired of waiting, I’m tired of calling/Only for you to let me down,” Richard achingly cries out.

Even though it’s just an acoustic version of the still unreleased single, “Save Me From U” is an incredibly promising indication of things to come from Ms. Richard. Watch for her debut album, GoldenHeart, dropping in 2012.

+ Listen to Dawn Richard’s “SMFU (Save Me From U).”