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 Carpenter, The 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!