Taylor Dayne Biography

Lesley Wonderman, 7 March 1962, Baldwin, Nassau County, New York, USA. Dayne rose from obscurity to the top of the US pop charts in the late 80s and early 90s. Dayne listened to rock and soul music as a child and made her onstage singing debut at the age of six. In high school she took singing lessons and after graduating joined the rock band Felony followed by a new wave band called the Next, neither of which enjoyed any success. After finishing college she decided to go solo, and reworked a ballad called ‘Tell It To My Heart’ into a dance number. Arista Records signed Dayne in 1987 and took the single to the US Top 10. Her next three singles, ‘Prove Your Love’, ‘I’ll Always Love You’ and ‘Don’t Rush Me’ also made the Top 10, although the album from which they were culled, also titled Tell It To My Heart, just missed the Top 20. On release in the UK, the first two singles both reached the Top 10.

The 1989 follow-up Can’t Fight Fate cultivated a more sultry, less teen-orientated image. The album reached the US Top 30 and yielded four more hit singles for Dayne: ‘With Every Beat Of My Heart’, the chart-topping ‘Love Will Lead You Back’, ‘I’ll Be Your Shelter’ and ‘Heart Of Stone’. ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love’ entered the UK and US Top 20 in July 1993, but was the only hit of note on the singer’s third album, Soul Dancing. The following year Dayne made her acting debut opposite Warren Beatty and Annette Bening in Love Affair, a role which led to several more film appearances during the late 90s. Her transition to mature recording artist was completed on 1998’s Naked Without You, which appeared on her own Neptune Girl label.

Acting has since become Dayne’s main career, with a regular slot on the Rude Awakening television series and performing on Broadway in Aida in 2001. She released a new studio album in 2008.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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