From platinum pop songs to chart-topping dance hits, Taylor Dayne is one of the most popular vocalists of the past three decades. Dayne will take to the main stage at Miami Beach Gay Pride as headline performer for the Pride Festival at 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, in Lummus Park just off Ocean Drive and 12th Street in Miami Beach. Miami Beach Gay Pride 2018 is presented by Celebrity Cruises.
“We’re extremely excited to have Taylor Dayne bring her classic hits to Pride,” said Mark Fernandes, board chair for Pride. “So many of her songs are instantly identifiable and one of her newer songs rose to #1 on the dance charts. We can’t wait for Pride to ‘tell it to her heart’.”
She has enjoyed Top 10 hits in three consequent decades, selling a combined 75 million singles and albums along the way. Originally signed by music mogul Clive Davis in the 1980s, Dayne has become a true crossover artist, someone whose popularity spans multiple generations and many different music formats.
With the release of her first two albums, 1988’s Tell It to My Heart and 1989’s Can’t Fight Fate, Dayne racked up three number 1 singles: “Tell It to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love to Me.” Her Grammy-nominated songs could be heard across the radio dial, from Top 40 pop stations to adult contemporary channels. Meanwhile, Dayne sang in front of audiences across the world, even joining Michael Jackson for the European leg of his sold-out “Bad” tour.
As the ’80s gave way to the ’90s, she began establishing herself as a film, television and stage actress, too, appearing alongside Warren Beatty in the movie “Love Affair,” starring in Elton John’s Broadway award-winning production of Aida, and playing Grizzabella in the 2013 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival’s production of “CATS.” She also gained notice not only for her singing ability, but her songwriting skills, as well. Several of Dayne’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 different countries in 1996.
After taking a break from music to raise her two children, Dayne made a highly publicized return with her 2008 release, Satisfied. She co-wrote the album’s lead single, “Beautiful,” which climbed to number 1 on the dance charts. It was her 17th time cracking the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Two years later, Dayne performed the official theme song of the 2010 Gay Games, “Facing a Miracle.” She followed that song’s release with her 18th Top 10 hit, “Floor on Fire,” and continued making appearances on film and TV. Fans of “American Idol” even chose her as the top candidate to replace former judge Paula Abdul in a poll conducted by Rolling Stone, proof that Dayne was still a household name.
More than 25 years after the release of her famous single, Dayne continues to tour the world. She was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2012, joining other time-tested luminaries like Billy Joel and Joan Jett.
For its momentous 10-year anniversary, Miami Beach Gay Pride 2018 will feature a week’s worth of events, April 2-8, which include highlights such as a Friday night VIP Gala, Saturday beach party and festival, and Sunday parade and festival.
Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary week-long event that features a Beach Party and a Festival & Parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area. Since its inception in 2009, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown from a neighborhood event to an event on the global stage with A-list celebrities such as Ross Mathews, Bebe Rexha, Mario Lopez, Elvis Duran, Iggy Azalea, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan and Adam Lambert. Attendance has grown as well. An estimated 15,000 spectators turned out for the first Pride parade in 2009; an estimated 135,000 attended the event in 2017. In addition to Parade spectators, last April’s event included more than 70 parade contingencies, 35 floats and 3,000 participants. For more information, please visit www.miamibeachgaypride.com. To view a video from last year’s festivities, click here.
Miami Beach Gay Pride is produced with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority. In addition to Celebrity Cruises as the presenting sponsor, other sponsors include: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AMBIENTE Magazine & Unity Coalition, American Airlines, Atlantic Broadband, Avita Pharmacy, Azuri, Bank of America, BB&T, BLICK, CAN Community Health, Capital One, Care Resource, Castlebrands, Inc., Creative Male, Crunch Fitness, CVS Pharmacy, Edge Media Network, Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fiji Water, GayTravel.com, Gender Unlimited USA, Gulfstream Park, Here Media, Hotspots / Mark’s List, iHeartMedia (939 MIA, Y-100, Tu 94), Jackson Health Systems, Jenis, JP Morgan Chase, Lincoln Road Business Improvement District, Inc., Marriott Hotel, MasterCard, MDGLCC, Miami Heat, Miami New Times, Miami-Dade Democratic Party (DNC), NBC 6 / Telemundo, Nexus Radio, OutClique, Perez Art Museum Miami, Perry Ellis/Original Penguin, South Beach Hotels, South Florida Gay News, Sprint, Stella Rosa, SunTrust Bank, TD Bank, Tito’s, SunTrust Bank, Twist, Wet, Wells Fargo and Wire Magazine.
For more information visit www.miamibeachgaypride.com.