On the April 16, 2009, episode of Making the Band, Combs revealed that he had released O'Day and Woods, along with Bex, from their contracts, and would be releasing Fimbres as well.
He then decided that it should be the name of the group.
The name and story were first introduced during Danity Kane's Total Request Live appearance on June 14, 2006.
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 the album, 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 has also remixed a song with London-based artist Cherri V, titled "Fast Car".
The song has since become one of the most listened to songs on Cherri V's My Space page.
Her mother owned a dancing school where Richard spent much of her childhood developing her choreography and singing skills, but currently works at a school in Baltimore, Maryland. Recording in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Orleans, Richard and Yeah!
Early in her teens, Richard began performing with a local New Orleans group called "Realiti". Smothers at a 2004 live performance at Tipitina's Uptown in New Orleans, Richard was soon signed under the name "Dawn Angelique" to an exclusive recording contract/development deal with Octarve Anderson, Jr. Brother records, along with platinum awarded production team The Nex Men, Rochad Holiday and Curtis "Sauce" Wilson, crafted a studio solo album called Been a While, featuring the single "So What" which was co-produced by Ne-Yo. Brother Records and its New Orleans management company, Scratch Entertainment, headed by Kemic A.
During this time, Richard became a member of American girl band Danity Kane, from 2005 to 2009, and reformed the group with 3 of the original 5 members in late 2013.
In 2009, Richard joined the duo Dirty Money with fellow singer-songwriter Kalenna Harper, and label boss Sean "Diddy" Combs to form Diddy – Dirty Money.
When asked what the character's name was, she replied, "Danity Kane".