Saturday, November 24, 2018
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Taylor Dayne and Patty Smyth and Scandal

Taylor Dayne stands out as one of music’s most dynamic artists of all time, with numerous best-selling gold and platinum albums which produced seventeen Top 20 singles Tell It To My Heart, Love Will Lead You Back, I’ll Always Love You, Don’t Rush Me, With Every Beat of My Heart, and Prove Your Love. Patty Smyth, both with her band Scandal and as a solo artist, has hits that include The Warrior, Goodbye to You, Love’s Got a Line on You, and Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.

TAYLOR DAYNE:

Taylor Dayne is an American pop icon. With a career spanning three decades, Taylor’s groundbreaking debut single “Tell It To My Heart” turned her into an overnight international star in 1987. She followed the smash hit with seventeen Top 20 singles over the course of her three-decade career, including Number Ones “Love Will Lead You Back” “Prove Your Love” and “I’ll always Love You.” Taylor has sold over 75 million albums and singles worldwide, earned three GRAMMY nominations, an American Music Award, multiple New York Music Awards, received New York Music Hall of Fame honors and ranked as the Number 18 Female Dance artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. She is one of the very few artists in musical history to successfully crossover into almost every musical genre and chart with hit singles in Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult contemporary and Rock.

Equally recognized for her songwriting talent, Taylor wrote many of her own hits as well as Tina Turner’s “Whatever You Want.” With a truly distinctive vocal style and powerful range, she created a unique vocal sound all her own that defined an era by her music. As the late 80s moved into the 90s, her chart-topping songs came with her. Her cover of Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love” and “Send Me A Lover” brought a strength and power to a female voice seldom heard in history. Taylor’s international radio and record success along with her stage presence and world tours took her musical message of love and passion straight to the heart of her fans and audiences worldwide.

By the late 90s, Taylor’s career grew further as an actress. She appeared in film, TV and stage, from Broadway favorites like Elton John’s award-winning production of “Aida,” and Mel Brooks “Archie” and “Mehitable,” to working with legendary composer Jules Styne to reprise the role of Fanny Brice on Broadway. Taylor alsoappeared in movies including “Love Affair” with Warren Beatty and Annette Benning and co-starred in Denis Leary's TV drama “Rescue Me”. She also starred in the HBO film “STAG” and co-starred on Showtime's original series “Rude Awakening” while continuing to record, write and produce her last two studio records “ Naked Without You" and “Satisfied,” which gave her Number 1 “Beautiful” and top 10 chart hit “Unstoppable”.

Her growth as an artist was enhanced by the birth of her twins in early 2002. Her voice became stronger and more meaningful as she took on single motherhood, empowerment, surrogacy and parenthood head-on, becoming a voice and an advocate for working woman, same-sex marriage, parenting and fertility. Her 2016 TEDWoman talk opened her career to more speaking engagements inspirational and monumental moments, and paved the way to her soon to be released memoir.

In 2018, Taylor will celebrate her 30-year anniversary release of “Tell It To My Heart,” embarking on a national “Tell it To My Heart” tour for fans to celebrate with her, along with the release of anticipated new music, new remixes, and her memoir “Tell It To My Heart.”

PATTY SMYTH AND SCANDAL:

Patty Smyth, both with her hit band Scandal and as a solo artist, has always been, at heart, a rock and roll chick, and that’s no truer today for the mother of six, now back on the road and raring to play for fans new and old. If Smyth did nothing but marry New York punk poet Richard Hell (with whom she had her oldest daughter Ruby), then noted tennis punk and commentator John McEnroe (who had three kids of his own and then two more with Patty), that would be amazing enough, but she’s also earned both Oscar and Grammy nominations, recorded a series of hit singles and albums and enjoyed a successful reunion on VH1’s Bands Reunited series.

Smyth was born in New York City, and took after her mother, a show business enthusiast who literally ran away to join the circus and, at various times, a trapeze artist, from her teeth, managed legendary feedback guitarist Link Wray and ran or owned several prominent Greenwich Village nightclubs, including the Gaslight, the Café Wha?, Four Winds and the Zig Zag. Patty would rather hang out there than go to school, listening to music and hearing stories from her mom about the likes of Janis Joplin. “It was a complete bohemian upbringing,” she says.
Patty was 15 when she played her first gig at New York’s Folk City, and spent the next several years honing her craft by performing short musical sets at Catch A Rising Star in between then-unknown comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, Larry David and Chris Rock. The weekends-only gig paid only cab fare and to make ends meet, Patty waitressed at a steak house. It was there that one day she answered a ringing payphone and met Zack Smith, who would later ask her to front a band with him called Scandal. The rest is history.

The initial lineup included Smith and Smyth, guitarist Keith Mack, keyboardist Benjy King, the late Ivan Elias on bass and the late Frankie LaRocka on drums (Thommy Price would take over the drums after the first LP).

The group burst onto the scene in 1982 with a self-titled debut that turned out to be the best-selling EP in Columbia Records history, featuring the hit single, “Goodbye to You,” a song Smyth co-wrote with Smith. Aside from “Goodbye to You,” a #1 MTV video, Scandal included the hits “Love’s Got a Line on You” and “Win Some, Lose Some.” The group’s first full-length album, The Warrior, released in 1984, climbed into the Top 20 on the sales chart, eventually earning RIAA-certified platinum status, with more than a million in sales.

“The Warrior” remains popular to this day, featured on the radio station Flash FM in the video game Grand Theft Auto and in the third installment of Guitar Hero, Rocks the ‘80s. The song is also featured in a parody of an iPod commercial on the popular animated Fox series Family Guy.

For all her ‘80s achievements (including being asked to join Van Halen while 8 months pregnant – an offer she declined), Smyth’s most impressive successes came in the ‘90s. Her 1992 solo album turned out to be a career peak. “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” a song Patty wrote and featuring a performance by Don Henley, became Smyth’s biggest hit ever. The song reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and stayed there for six consecutive weeks, going #1 on the AC chart for four straight weeks, as well as number one on many other national charts. The song was also named BMI song of the Year. The album earned platinum status, but more impressively, the single earned platinum status, as well, which is something that rarely happens. The album also produced the hits “No Mistakes,” “I Should be Laughing” and “Shine.”

Two years later, Patty was brought in to sing and co-write “Look What Love Has Done,” the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated theme from the hit Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny DeVito comedy, Junior. That year, she was asked to perform it live at the 1995 Academy Awards telecast.

Patty’s Greatest Hits album was released in 1999 with two new tracks, one of which was on the Armageddon Soundtrack and sold over 8 million copies. Any comeback at that point, however, would have to wait until after the birth of her youngest child. “Four months of bed rest made it kind of hard to tour,” she says.

Spurred by an impromptu reunion with her old Scandal mates at the end of 2004 on VH1’s Bands Reunited, the band has regrouped, with two original members in Keith Mack and Benjy King and a new rhythm section, bassist Tom Welsch and drummer Eran Asias.

“This is probably the best band I’ve ever been in,” says Smyth, who has begun touring and even writing new material. “We have so much fun together. To say I’m rejuvenated is an understatement. Back when I first started with Scandal, I felt like I had to carry a lot of the weight because it was up to me to sell those songs. I don’t feel that way now at all. I work now because I want to.”

With new songs in the can like “Make It Hard ” and “End of the Girl,” Patty plans to return to the studio to record the new material.

As for her current revival, Patty suggests: “I don’t play to a pre-recorded track or have 15 dancers on-stage. There are no smoke and mirrors. We feel that people are yearning for music that’s real. It’s just these four guys and I, out there seriously kicking some ass and having fun. We’re so tight, if I fell down a flight of stairs, they would follow me and we’d all land on our feet. I don’t have to think of anything else when I’m performing. For that hour, I can step out of my life. It’s like flying. I feel like I’m at the top of my game, and totally in my element. It’s an unbelievable joy.”

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