Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 | 2:57 p.m.
Taylor Dayne Tell It To My Heart
Singer-songwriter Taylor Dayne knows that she’s been blessed with an extraordinary voice. “It’s just as thrilling to me as it is to the audience that tells me they get so emotionally wrapped up in it,” she told me as she prepared for her flight to Las Vegas for her appearance at Orleans Arena on Friday night.
It’s been more than a quarter-century since the release of Taylor’s first two albums, “Tell It To My Heart” in 1988 and “Can’t Fight Fate” in 1989. In the three subsequent decades, her platinum pop singles and chart-topping dance hits have sold 75 million singles and albums, 18 of which have hit the Top 10. Her new single “Dreaming” is available on iTunes.
Signed by music mogul Clive Davis in the 1980s, Taylor became a crossover artist, her popularity spanning generations and many music formats. Michael Jackson invited her as his opening act for the European leg of his sold-out “Bad Tour.”
In the 1990s, she established herself as a film, TV and stage actress, appearing alongside Warren Beatty in “Love Affair,” starring in Elton John’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Aida,” and playing Grizabella in the 2013 Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival’s production of “Cats.”
Several of Taylor’s gold- and platinum-selling solo albums featured her own compositions, and “Whatever You Want,” a song she co-wrote for Tina Turner, became a Top 40 hit in 10 countries in 1996.
After taking a break from music to raise her twin children, Taylor made a return with her 2008 release, “Satisfied.” She co-wrote the album’s lead single, “Beautiful,” which climbed to No. 1 on the dance charts.
It was her 17th time cracking the Top 10 on Billboard. In 2010, she performed “Facing a Miracle,” the official theme song of the 2010 Gay Games. She followed that song’s release with her 18th Top 10 hit, “Floor on Fire.”
More than 25 years after the release of her first single, Taylor continues to tour. She’s currently on tour in the U.S. and is at Orleans Arena on Friday in support of her greatest-hits live CD. She recorded it in New York last year, with new material alongside her fan favorites.
“The tour has been very successful. Las Vegas will embrace it because it’s big and bad. It’s freestyle, a 4-hour music fest. We’ve enjoyed big crowds and big audiences,” she said. (The Super Freestyle Explosion concert also features Stevie B., Lisa Lisa, The Cover Girls, Expose and more.)
I joked with her about her hair, which is as large as her voice: “My voice is still solid, but I have ups and down days with my hair,” she laughed back. “I love working and stretching my voice. It is unique even to me. It’s a great gift, and I love the challenge of reaching as far as it can go, manipulating its strengths and loving its nuances.
“Even to me, it’s powerful. It has an amazing depth. It comes across sexy and determined. I’ve been very pleased with what’s been a beautiful ride.
“I get as emotionally charged as the audience tells me it does in those moments just before I finish. It creates an energy that didn’t exist. I give it everything I have, and I need a whole lot of breath right afterward. The voice controls the sound and audience. I get the same chills down my back as the audience does when I’m singing like that at full belt.”
Taylor recently appeared on Patti Stanger’s “Millionaire Matchmaker.” “I was very reticent about doing it at first, but she made me feel safe. She promised I’d meet the right man or date somebody nice.
“I was really impressed and pleased with what happened because I definitely got into a relationship. It’s lasted eight months, but it’s difficult holding it together being out on the road. We still speak, so I put it in the to-be-determined category.
“I’m always dreaming personally and professionally. My goals keep shifting and growing. And Las Vegas audiences are going to have a great experience with all those emotional chills and thrills at Orleans Arena.”
The Super Freestyle Explosion concert featuring Taylor Dayne, Stevie B., Lisa Lisa, The Cover Girls, Expose and more is at Orleans Arena on Friday at 8 p.m.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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True to its namesake, The Orleans gives visitors a year-round Mardi Gras feeling with a New Orleans French Quarter environment.
Located just a short way from the center of gambling on the Strip, The Orleans offers a collection of attractions that helps to draw in a mix of locals and visitors.
In addition to the 1,885 hotel rooms and 134,000-square foot casino, the property has a 70-lane bowling center, an 18-screen movie theater, an 850-seat showroom and a 9,500-seat arena, home to the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team.
The hotel also has 14 dining options, including Canal Street, The Prime Rib Loft, Koji Sushi Bar & China Bistro and Big Al’s Oyster Bar.
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading mid-sized arenas, and was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 internationally among venues of similar size by Venues Today Magazine.
The Arena hosts more than 200 events each year, including concerts by top names like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Van Halen, Brooks & Dunn, Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Rihanna; family favorites like The Harlem Globetrotters and Circus Spectacular; and a wide variety of sporting events, including NCAA basketball tournaments, the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, mixed martial arts with Superior Cage Combat, and major motorsports events.
The arena serves as home to the Las Vegas Wranglers professional ECHL hockey team, the Las Vegas Legends professional indoor soccer team, and the Lingerie Football League’s Las Vegas Sin. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).