Philly Mixtape Music Tea w/ Taylor Dayne

If you live for the music of the late ’80s and early ’90s, then you know all about legendary dance/pop diva Taylor Dayne and her explosive catalog of chart-crushing smashes. Since bursting onto the music scene in 1988 with her debut single, “Tell It to My Heart,” the sultry songstress has certainly proven to be a shimmering force to be reckoned with both on and off the dance floor. 

Tonight, Taylor, alongside ’80s queen Stacey Q and fellow fierce Philly queens Philly Drag Mafia’s Brittany Lynn along with Mizz Navaya Shay and Ms.Brittany Marie will hit The Block at Harrah’s Philadelphia stage for the iheartthe80s tour (get those tickets) in which Ms. Dayne is set to perform some of her greatest hits for a show that’s not to be missed.

Before she hits that coveted stage, Ms. Dayne was gracious enough to take time out of her crazy touring schedule to sip some music tea with Philly Mixtape, in which she spilled on how she got her start in the business, what it was like when her powerhouse ballad “Love Will Lead You Back” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and of course, I had just had to ask her which one of her wild ’80s looks she would give a makeover. Here’s a little hint: there’s more than one.

Take a seat and relax with Ms. Dayne at the Philly Mixtape music tea table below…

PM-Kicking off our music spillage, tell everyone about how you got your start in this crazy music business…

TD-My start … well, I can say the radio, my parents, and my first musical teacher in elementary school. They all influenced my voice and gave me music through singles and albums to get the encouragement to sing as well as artists to emulate and admire.

PM-Who were some of those music artists? 

TD-It could be anyone from Bill Withers, Karen CarpenterThe Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye to Chicago. Top 40 was a very eclectic mix of sounds and artists. I emulated the ones I loved, and I was good at it! 

PM-Shout out for me a couple of albums that you absolutely can’t live without…

TD-I wouldn’t want to live in a world where there was no Pink Floyd‘s The Wall, Led Zeppelin‘s Houses of the Holy,
Neil Young‘s Harvest, Aerosmith‘s Get Your Wings, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, and of course, Aretha Franklin‘s Greatest Hits.

PM-Now, You’ve toured all over the music globe. Any favorite places that you’ve ever been?

TD-I love San Francisco, Greece, and Bali!

PM-Let’s talk about your LGBT fans for a moment. How does it feel to be such a grand diva for the rainbow community? 

TD-It’s a true honor after all these years – 26 to be exact – to be recognized and honored in a community that’s grown and has had such an impact as well as so many changes. I’ve watched families grow together!

PM-Okay, let’s spill about your early videos and all those looks. If you had to pick one of your earlier music videos to do over as far as the fashion – and of course, the hair – which one would it be?

TD-Hands down … I would do everything over. The hair in general looks like three Dolly Parton wigs put together, especially in “I’ll Always Love You!”

PM-I also want to chat about your signature #1 song, “Love Will Lead You Back.” Tell everyone about the moment you first heard that it hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100…

TD-What I remember most about “Love Will Lead You Back” hitting #1 was hearing the news in the office with Clive [Davis] and Diane [Warren], who co-wrote the ballad, and it was just a very special moment. I was also on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at the same time with Leno announcing it and handing me a #1 plaque; it was very, very, very, special.

PM-What would you say the main differences are in pop music today verses maybe 20, 30 years ago?

TD-Well, DJs are now making a shit load of money, and they are the producers of a lot of our dance /pop records. 
But, I love the last 10 years of pop artists and the music – all of the EDM and dance strengths, too. 

PM-Spill for everyone about the greatest hits tour…

TD-I tour all the time right now because it’s behind my Greatest Hits: Live release. I’ve always been a crossover artist on dance, AC, and R&B charts. I’m touring with freestyle and jazz lineups, and I’m performing at festivals pretty much all over! I also have a new single out on iTunes called “Dreaming!”

PM-One last sip, what would you say to someone who right this second decided to be in the crazy music business?

TD-Start putting out music on YouTube; cover artists whose tracks you love; build a fanbase; and get your chops going! 

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10 Classic Taylor Dayne Singles

Last week, Philly Mixtape got its music talons on “Kiss All the Bullies Goodbye,” an electric club banger whipped up by DJ Sir Ivan, featuring vocals from late-’80s/early -’90s pop goddess, Taylor Dayne. While hearing Ms. Dayne’s powerful, pulsating voice come alive once again on a groovin’ club groove was simply uplifting, hearing her dynamic chops also took Philly Mixtape away to her scrumptious music catalog that contains loads of music truth….and lots and lots of Aqua Net…..

For those that may not know about this dancy diva, Ms. Dayne (real name-Leslie Underman), first bopped onto the scene in 1987 with her debut set, “Tell it to My Heart.” Arriving amidst the flurry of all those ’80s divas-Madonna! Janet! Paula! Cyndi!- Taylor came armed with big dance tunes, killer vocals, and a look that was. well, certainly ALL her own. After notching four top 10 singles in a row off of her debut, she slayed the charts once again with follow up album, “Can’t Fight Fate,” that contained the monster singles “With Every Beat Of My Heart” and (sigh) “Love Will Lead You Back.” 

In the mid-’90s, Taylor kept going strong with her third album, ‘Soul Dancing,’ which was followed up with ’98’s ‘Naked Without You,’ and after she gave birth to twins, she came back swinging with ’08’s ‘Satisfied.’  While her later sets did moderately well on the charts, the singles released didn’t quite spark the fire that her earlier releases did. However, it was her later hits that were transformed from pure pop sugar into club description as her cuts, “Say a Prayer,” “Naked Without You,” “Planet Love,” “Facing a Miracle” and “Beautiful” all soared on dance floors all over the globe. 

While there really is nothing like a rewerked Taylor Dayne dance party, Philly Mixtape decided to open up the music vault and revel in those classic Ms. Dayne tracks that simply brought the heat back-in-the-day. These are all not only great slices of late-’80s/early -’90s pop heaven, but they are true classic Taylor Dayne singles at their very, very best. Enjoy!! Philly Mixtape thinks you just might….

“Tell It To My Heart”

Thank the music heavens that this song was a smashing debut single for her…because THIS video….we can’t even talk about. 

“Prove Your Love”

Besides having her man work to prove his love, Taylor proved that she wasn’t a one-hit wonder, delivering another top 10 smash…and another video that is all wrapped up in ’80s truth….

“I’ll Always Love You”

Her first mid-tempo groove, it proved a bigger success than its predecessors, landing at #3 on the singles charts. Flawless…

“Don’t Rush Me”

The hair is ALMOST contained in her big #2 hit….

“With Every Beat of My Heart”

Watching the hair transition from album #1 to #2 is quite something….look, it’s straight! And the song is fabulous, too! Go on, Ms. Dayne.

“Love Will Lead You Back”

Three words to describe this heartbreaking, yet promising ballad-perfection..gorgeous…classic. The Diane Warren penned love song was actually written with the dearly departed Whitney Houston in mind, but Clive Davis wanted Taylor to have it instead. We’re glad he passed it as her way, as “Love” went on to become one of Taylor’s biggest hits-and her only #1 single. Sigh……..

“I’ll Be Your Shelter”

While “Shelter” notched the songstress another top 5 hit, it’s probably one of the diva’s most underrated earlier singles (as well as “Heart of Stone), although it still has all the makings of a classic Taylor single…only a bit more juiced up than the others. 

“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love”

While nothing will compare to the dearly departed Barry White’s ’77 original, Taylor came pretty damn close with her ’93 rewire, which also served as the lead single to her third album, ‘Soul Dancing.’ The remake would also become Taylor’s last charting top 20 hit…

“Send Me a Lover”

If you don’t this vastly underrated, gorgeous ballad, then you need your Taylor Dayne music card revoked. Philly Mixtape wants to know….why didn’t this heart shattering song go…anywhere?

“Beautiful”/RJ Club Mix

While we could get lost all day in those tasty Taylor refixes, it’s this romping RJ rendition of her ’08 hit that makes us feel pretty and fancy….all over…..