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

Published: Monday 31st Oct 2011 by Sam

After many a group journey, Dawn Richard is striking out solo.

Currently hard at work on her debut LP  ‘GoldenHeart’, the former Danity Kane staple has been drip-feeding fans with a taste of what to expect from the set when it arrives next year. The latest of which being the Druski produced ‘SMFU (Save Me From U)’.

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Take a listen to the stirring cut after the jump.

With Dawn being such a ‘creative’, there always runs the risk of her missing the “commercial-enough” boat (somewhere she ultimately needs to be).

Thankfully, though, ‘Save Me’, strikes a potent balance between radio-friendly and compelling story-telling. From the sparse piano driven production, to the Brandy-inspired harmonies, as well as its relatable lyrical narrative, the track certainly has us hungry for another piece of Dawn’s ‘GoldenHeart’.

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  1. SHESDUMB October 31, 2011

    WHO???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  2. brockaLOVE October 31, 2011

    brandy inspiration : i say yes and yes !

  3. nomam October 31, 2011

    WOW this should’ve been on HUMAN

  4. Galuda October 31, 2011

    This bored me. Sorry.

  5. TY October 31, 2011

    ‘Brandy-Inspired’??? U mean Brandy RIP-OFF!! Sounds like Dawn’s taken a book from Beyonce’s page of inspiration, because this sounds like aduplicate of Brandy’s voice, style..everything!! Sorry Dawn,, your voice, and tone is dope, but there is only on Brandy!!

  6. Amber October 31, 2011

    I love the words. I love her voice! HIT! I think the first step to truly appreciate music is to get past the “he/she is trying to sound like ______” mentality. Once you do that, listen to the words and the quality of talent behind the artist! Keep up the great work, Dawn.

  7. I.D. October 31, 2011

    Brandy much?

  8. JP October 31, 2011

    I love Dawn’s voice. And her technique is similar to Brandy’s but that’s a good thing to me.

    Dawn, keep dropping music for us boo. Def looking forward to purchasing her album.

    Dawn is extremely talented and deserves success.

  9. NyNavy October 31, 2011

    one this picture is horrid she looks like a boy in a dress the song is terrible i already have a brandy why do i need dawn and tgj this isnt dawns debut lp she had a flop album before danity kane nobodys checking for her before and nobodys checking for her now

  10. Casual October 31, 2011

    Boring song – not a hit.

  11. King Z October 31, 2011

    i’m sorry, but this drips AWESOME! go dawn! this would be an awesome winter song. not a lead single, but still, single-worthy if the video is hot.

    brandy-esque yes. i wouldn’t be surprised if brandy had a hand in creating this. even if not, brandy’s influence on many a vocalist is underrated.

  12. Romanuvegonemad October 31, 2011

    Yall are blind if you did not Dawn channeled Brandy i seen this all during MTB even before she was picked for the group her runs her harmonies everything and that is not a bad thing. This is not a single i know she will bring it she has real talent and Diddy saw that in her….but the song is nice soothing

  13. Kbrown1 October 31, 2011

    This is not just Brandy’s style. I know so many people who sing in this style, many of them older than Brandy. This is a great song, great lyrical content and note choices.

  14. christine October 31, 2011

    I’m a fan of both Brandy and Dawn!!! So while I’m waiting for Brandy’s album I’ll be playing Dawn:) Best of both worlds.

  15. tjtre2 October 31, 2011

    I love what people said here ,I am a 28-years lady ,beautiful and mature . Now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , my friends told me a nice place —Agemingle .CòM —–Where you can find a rich soul mate.U should check it out…

  16. China October 31, 2011

    I love this song it’s so beautiful..Dawn and Brandy are nothing alike..Brandy’s song choices were completely different from Dawn’s..If Dawn wouldn’t have mentioned Brandy, Brandy wouldn’t be a topic..I was a huge Brandy’s fan back in the day, and I still like her. However, II don’t see Dawn imitating Brandy at all..Why wasn’t she being compared to Brandy when she was in Danity Kane..This girl (Dawn) keeps WINNING by herself..There is no way that I could dislike someone..But yet I’m always on their time line!! SMH

  17. tifi October 31, 2011

    Her voice is at times reminiscent of Brandy’s circa FULL MOON, but I wouldn’t say she’s ripping off Brandy. This is her first solo album to my knowledge, so she’s still searching for her own style. The song is nice overall, in particular the chorus.

  18. BNT October 31, 2011

    This song goes in….I do hear a lot of Brandy but I think its becasue of their emotions and the way they sing. Their tones are similiar but I do not think she goes in the lab trying to sound like Brandy. However, most of the industry bites Brandy’s backround vocals that she gives us (started giving us on FM). I’m starting to like Dawn agian, her music is good.

  19. slick October 31, 2011

    yessss!! but im sorry this girl needs a makeover like last week -__- she was prettier with long hair this bob is NOT WORKING

  20. Me that’s who October 31, 2011

    Hott song! @ Slick this is an old picture, you’re super late!

  21. Jaden October 31, 2011

    I wish ppl stop saying she’s ripping off Brandy….Brandy isn’t the only one that can sing or make music like this…Brandy was just the only one that was in the industry that did….im pretty sure theres another beyonce in the world waiting to be heard….Dawn Had That Brandy Sound Since she Auditioned for Making The Band which automatically put her in a different lane…she’s a writer, like brandy…and they share similar styles and vocals its nothing wrong w that…its great that there is another voice thats similar to Brandy! i’ll always know who’s who…the voices aren’t exactly the same…Let Dawn be Dawn and Brandy Be Brandy..Hopefully they do a Song together ASAP thats Going To Be DOPE

  22. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare October 31, 2011

    @ Jaden, co-sign everything you said!

    Would LOVE for them to do a song together!

  23. Annoyed October 31, 2011

    DAWN IF YOU ARE READING THIS YOU UGLY B**** LET ME GIVE YOU A FEW WORDS OF ADVICE.

    YOU ARE NOT BRANDY YOU UGLY BIT.CH. YOU SHOULD HAVE DROWNED WITH THE REST OF THE PEOPLE IN KATRINA.

    YOU WILL NEVER BE SUCCESSFUL UNTIL YOU GET YOUR OWN PERSONALITY AND YOUR OWN VOICE AND YOUR OWN STYLE YOU UGLY B****.

    YOU WILL NEVER BE BRANDY.
    YOU WILL NEVER BE SUCCESSFUL AS BRANDY.
    YOU WILL NEVER SOUND LIKE BRANDY.
    STOP TRYING TO BE F****** BRANDY YOU UGLY B****.
    YOU NEED YOUR NOSE RING SNATCHED.

  24. RHI RHI IS QUEEN October 31, 2011

    I LUV ME SOME DAWN.. HATERS ARE USUALLY PATHETIC INSECURE SAD INDIVIDUALS WHO FEED THEIR NON EXISTENT EGO’S BY TRYING TO TALK DOWN ON OTHERS..SO 2001 SMH..ANYWHO, BEAUTIFUL SONG

  25. DEE October 31, 2011

    I LIKE IT DAWN IS VERY UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT

  26. NICK October 31, 2011

    she has this Brandy appeal man, I LIKE THAT!!!!

  27. Ftab October 31, 2011

    Dawn is a beast and she just keeps coming with track after track. Music is great. Real R&B

  28. Brandii November 1, 2011

    everyone getting mad because Dawn sound like Brandy but thats a good thing she cant help how her voice sound im glad i love Dawn he voice and music bringing the 90’s back with a lil twist of the 2000

  29. CALL ME HATERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR November 1, 2011

    THIS B**** IS BADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!

    LOVED BRANDY TOO BUT DAWN IS HOT

  30. Ronnie_Slim January 9, 2012

    Loved it from the first time I heard It

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