“Well, I’ve been considered a troubled artist, a troublemaker, a problem, a difficult artist over the years, and I have been. I agree! I’ve totally been very difficult because we only made two pennies per album. I think anybody would be postal if they were only making two pennies and everybody else was making millions every album for what their hard work manifested,” she explained to Ebony magazine. We’d work and everybody else was rich. So there was a problem and I wouldn’t sit down. I just couldn’t take it, watching everybody else making the lion’s share of the money and we did the lion’s share of the work. So I was the one.”
During the tumultuous times with EnVogue, Dawn said she came into womanhood as she was standing up against the record company and, at times, her group members.
“I’m the youngest one in the group, and they’re like, ‘Well, Dawn, you’re right, but we can’t fight the record company.’ Everybody thinks that the major labels and the corporations are so big, and that they don’t have the pockets to fight these labels. I’m like, ‘No! We have the power because we have the music.’”
Though she takes credit for causing some confusion when it came to fighting for the compensation they deserved, Dawn said she’s not to blame for the legal battles that occurred between her and her group members.
“First of all, that drama had nothing to do with me. I happened to work with Maxine [Jones], but that lawsuit was her. Cindy [Herron] and Terry [Ellis] sued her. I wasn’t included in that. It’s sad that this had to happen in the first place. We all worked hard for that name, we all built that name together,” she said in reference to the battle over who would be able to perform under the EnVogue name after the original ladies parted ways.
Although she is no longer a part of the award-winning R&B group, she still takes pride in who she is and her accomplishments with EnVogue. That’s one reason she agreed to begin a new chapter with “R&B Divas: LA.”
“I will always represent EnVogue in a classy way. That’s why I finally decided to do this show, because I was under the stipulation that there was not going to be any drama. [A producer said], ‘I want this to be like a Waiting to Exhale situation where all the women are supporting each other and there’s love and there’s drama with your man and whatever, but you guys support each other.’ And I thought, ‘OK. If that’s the truth, then I’m going to do the show.’”
“R&B Divas: LA” premieres tonight on TV One.
Photos: ‘R&B Divas: LA’ cast
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