Taylor Daynes eight consecutive TOP TEN singles from 1987-90 established her as one of pop musics reigning divas and etched her powerful, unmistakable vocal style into the national consciousness. Her fiery delivery and irresistible pop hooks propelled both her debut albums, "Tell It To My Heart" (1987) and its follow up "Cant Fight Fate"(1989), to Double Platinum status. Now, with her new Arista release, "Soul Dancing", her first album in three years, Taylor has delivered another batch of flawless pop gems filled with all of the passion and energy of her classic hits.
Co-writing her own material and working
with some of musics hottest influential producers,
Dayne has crafted an album that does more than just
continue where she left off. "Soul Dancing"
expands her musical horizons, running the gamut from
sizzling dance tracks and hard edge rockers to soulful
gospel ballads. The result is a record that
Taylor co-wrote the House Inflected "Some One Like You" as well as the swaggering "Memories." Robert Cilvilles and David Cole of C+C Music Factory were behind the board on the percolating remake of Barry Whites "Cant Get Enough Of Your Love," which is the albums first single. Taylor also collaborated with legendary writer/producer Shep Pettibone (Madonna) and Tony Shimkin on the dazzling opening track, "Ill Wait" (Pettibone produced the track, as well as, two additional cuts on the album, "Say A Prayer" and the title song), Naranda Michael Walden, known for his work with Whitney Houston, contributed production work on the albums soaring closure, "If You Were Mine." Ric Wake, the mastermind behind Taylors first two records, also received production credits on five tracks, including the moving duet with Keith Washington on "The Door To Your Heart," "Dance With A Stranger" and "I Could Be Good For You." Despite the variety of styles and collaborators, "Soul Dancing" is distinctly cohesive and whole with Daynes commanding vocal performance tying the album together effortlessly.
A life long resident of Long Island, Taylor Dayne grew up listening to soul music. "I can remember turning on the radio and listening to Stevie Wonder, The OJays, The Undisputed Truth," she says. By the time she reached high school, she had discovered rock & roll, and singing in a series of clubs allowed her to unleash the remarkable power she had begun to find in her singing voice. After studying music theory and composition in college, she joined a New Wave band called The Next, but soon found a band situation to be constraining and longed to try her hand at a solo career. Meeting producer Ric Wake in 1986 proved to be the key to her dreams; they began to nurture the creative partnership that would quickly propel her to international stardom.
Her debut Artista single "Tell It To My Heart," shot to number 7 on Billboards Hot 100 and reached Number 4 on the Dance chart, selling over a million copies world wide and hitting number 1 in five countries. But this overwhelming early success was only the beginning; her next seven singles would all bombard the Top Ten. "Prove Your Love" matched the first singles #7 Pop chart position. Then she revealed her romantic side with the #1 A/C smash "III Always Love You." The forth single, "Dont Rush Me," also scored big and Taylors place in the pop stratosphere was solidified with five New York Music Awards and three Grammy nominations.
After a sold-out world tour, which included dates with Michael Jackson, Taylor easily avoided the dreaded sophomoric slump; Cant Fight Fate, her second album, provided a new flurry of Top Ten singles, including "Ill Be Your Shelter," and "Love Will Lead You Back." A second sold-out world tour followed.
With "Soul Dancing", Dayne displays the confident work of an artist who has already proven herself commercially and is now focusing on her own development as a writer and performer. "I started to test the waters and that took time," she explained, "I started to really put on a creative working cap and because of that, it was more time consuming I needed to sit back and let the pieces gel." It was worth the three year wait; "Soul Dancing" proves that Taylor Dayne has the talent and the range to take her wherever her music guides her. "Creatively this album has been an incredible experience for me. Its another adventure."