By Connor Beach
Three of the original members of the female pop group Danity Kane are reuniting on stage for the first time in four years.
The trio, calling themselves DK3, consists of Shannon Bex, Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard. Bex, 38, O’Day, 34, and Richard, 35, performed as DK3 for a brief time in 2014. Danity Kane’s third album, “DK3,” was released at the end of 2014 after the trio had already disbanded.
The five original members of Danity Kane were discovered in 2005 by rapper and producer Sean “Diddy” Combs during the filming of the show Making the Band 3. Aundrea Fimbres and Wanita Woodgett joined Bex, O’Day and Richard in the band’s first lineup.
The band’s debut album, self-titled “Danity Kane,” topped the U.S. Billboard charts in August 2006 and produced the top ten single “Show Stopper.” In 2008, Danity Kane released their second album “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” which also debuted atop the Billboard Top 200.
The success of Danity Kane’s first two albums earned the band a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first female group in Billboard’s history to consecutively produce albums that debuted at the number one spot.
The five members of Danity Kane never got the opportunity to continue to build upon the popularity of their first two albums. By early 2009 internal conflict within the band resulted in a breakup.
Bex, Fimbres, O’Day and Richard briefly reunited in 2014, but disbanded again roughly six months later.
Several members of the band, including Bex, O’Day and Richard, went on to pursue other musical ventures. Bex and O’Day continued to work together releasing music as the duo Dumblonde, while Richard has had a successful solo career.
DK3’s show at The Paramount will feature performances from Richard’s solo project, as well as a second act featuring music from Dumblonde.
The show will finish with Bex, O’Day and Richard all taking the stage together to treat the audience to the trio’s renditions of Danity Kane hits like “Ride for You” and “Damaged.”
DK3 is scheduled to take the stage at The Paramount on Oct. 2, and doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets range from $25-$75 and can be purchased at the box office or online at Paramountny.com.