|Taylor Dayne’s debut album ‘Tell it to my heart’ contained four Billboard top 10 singles, including the title track. That first single shot to no.7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart in January 1988 and peaked at no.4 on the dance chart.
The single went on to sell more than a million copies internationally, hitting no.1 in Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, West-Germany and the Netherlands.
The follow up ‘Prove Your Love’ matched its peak on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart reaching no.7 and went all the way to no.1 on the dance chart.
Demonstrating her diversity and introducing her to a whole new audience, a ballad was chosen as third single off the album, ‘I’ll Always Love You’. The record became an AC no.1 smash hit and sat at no.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for two consecutive weeks. Fourth and last single to be lifted off the debut album, ‘Don’t Rush Me’, also became Taylor’s fourth consecutive top 10 hit in the US, falling just one short of the top notch, peaking at no.2.
Although ‘Tell It To My Heart’ did not make the top 10 of Billboard’s album chart (peaking at no.21), it earned double platinum status. The huge success of Taylor’s first set garnered an impressive list of awards and nominations, including two American Music Award nominations and three Grammy Award nominations. Out of eleven New York Music Award nominations, five were deservedly won. Taylor also won a Tigre award, the West-German Grammy Awards, for best new artist.
The sophomore album ‘Can’t Fight Fate’ was dropped not long after and was received extremely well, spawning another string of top 10 hits. Taylor’s image had been toned but the album showed a lot of growth and still held the same passion and the same startling soul-deep vocal richness. The second Arista release also scored double platinum and saw Taylor credited as a song writer for the first time, as she co-wrote ‘You Meant The World To Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Good’.
The lead single ‘With Every Beat Of My Heart’ got stuck at no.5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart for three consecutive weeks. As a follow up, ‘I’ll Be Your Shelter’ was released in Europe while Stateside a different cut was chosen as a seven inch: ‘Love Will Lead You Back’. This Diane Warren penned ballad went all the way on Billboard’s Hot 100, knocking Alannah Myles of the number one spot.
‘Love Will Lead You Back’ was released in Europe as a third single, while ‘I’ll Be Your Shelter’ was to become the next US release. It peaked at no.4 on the Hot 100.
Finally the fourth single to be taken from the Fate album, ‘Heart Of Stone’ became the first to miss out on the top 10, peaking at no.12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
The highly anticipated third release was originally rejected and took four years before hitting retailers. According to Taylor she was happy the record company hadn’t gone for a simple straightforward release but was spitting the right kind of material.
Taylor co-wrote seven of the tracks cut on this album and worked with talented people such as Diane Warren (multiple winner of the ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year Award), Narada Michael Walden (who worked with Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston) and top producer Shep Pettibone (known for his work with Madonna) who collaborated on ‘I’ll Wait’, ‘Say A Prayer’ and the title track ‘Soul Dancing’.
The lead single lifted of ‘Soul Dancing’ - a Barry White cover - was produced by Robert Clivillés and David Cole, who enjoyed their own chart success with C&C Music Factory. ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love’ caught on and made it to the top 20 in several countries including the UK and the US, peaking at no.2 in Australia.
The next single release, the ballad ‘Send Me A Lover’, surprisingly enough barely made the half-way mark of Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart, peaking at no.50.
As third (and final) single a remix version of ‘I’ll Wait’ was released, giving the track a whole new dimension, but keeping the raw emotion and gutsy vocals. The song made it to the top 30 in the UK.
A collaboration with Jim Steinman, the name behind most of Meatloaf’s hits, became the next single release, taken from the motion picture soundtrack to ‘The Shadow’.
‘Original Sin (Theme From The Shadow)’ could have done great but missed out, probably due to the fact that the film didn’t go down well either.
Ending the collaboration with Arista Records spanning a decade of chart success, a Greatest Hits package was released. Leading off was a remix of the catchy ‘Tell It To My Heart’, which made it to top 30 in the UK.
Enjoying substantial club play success, remixes of ‘Say a Prayer’ - originally appearing on ‘Soul Dancing’ - were released as a second single to promote the Greatest Hits.
After a four-year hiatus, Taylor Dayne released a brand new set of songs in 1998 through River North on her own Neptune label. As the album cover reflects, the project had a more personal touch to it than any previous one, exposing more of her true self. Taylor co-wrote six of eleven songs, showing a more emotional, more mature side, both musically and vocally.
The album was introduced by a set of remixes of ‘Whatever You Want’, doing quite well on the dance charts, with remixes provided by Peter Lorimer.
‘Unstoppable’, another quirky danceable tune released as a second single, has an uplifting vibe to it.
Most notable however, was the release of a third single, ‘Naked Without You’. Dynamic producers duo Barry Harris and Chris Cox aka Thunderpuss gave the power ballad a make over, turning it into a club anthem.
Not going unnoticed, the remix made it to the top spot of Billboard’s Dance Music/Club Play chart.
This achievement was repeated twice with the release two singles lifted off motion picture soundtracks. Taylor recorded and co-produced ‘Planet Love’ with Peter Lorimer.
Another chart topper followed in 2002, taken from the soundtrack to ‘Circuit’. Produced by Tony Moran, ‘How Many’ was a guaranteed success.
Set to enter a new phase in her musical career, Taylor collaborated with top producer Rodney Jerkins on VH1 Remaking, resulting in the upbeat ‘Right Now’. Taylor also teamed up with DJ Manny Lehman on the track ‘I'm Not Featuring You’ for a one off collaboration. The track reached Top 10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play.
Having recorded a brand new set, Taylor teamed up once more with top producers to gather material for her 5th studio album ‘Satisfied’, which hit stores 5 February 2008. With the Lehman anthem proving Taylor hasn't lost the touch, a first single ‘Beautiful’ hit the airwaves in November 2007 and took the charts and clubs by storm under remix format, all the way to the top.
The new long player borrows its title from English soul legend Lewis Taylor’s song of the same name. Dayne co-wrote four of the 13 tracks, including the first single with Norwegian songbuff Hitesh, as well as ‘Love Chain’, ‘The Fall’ and ‘Hymn’.
Other high profile collaborators include Rick Nowels (Stevie Nicks, Madonna, k.d. Lang, Nelly Furtado, Santana), the New Radicals’ Gregg Alexander, Mike Mangini (Baha Men, Digbable Planets, O-Town, Bruce Hornsby, David Byrne), Peter Wade (Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Natasha Bedingfield), Billy Steinberg and Richie Jones, among others.
There are also some soulful covers on the new set: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Under The Bridge’, Rolling Stones’ ‘Fool To Cry’ , Des’ree’s ‘Kissing You’, from the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, and the title track.
The new album also offers the hugely popular hard edgy ‘Crash’ which was introduced on Rehearsals.com a long time ago, something for the dance floor ‘I'm Over My Head’ and a touch of reggae ‘She Don't Love You’ and ‘Dedicated’.
Since appearing on CMT's Gone Country 3 early 2009, where she recorded ‘Over It Now’, Taylor has been back in Nashville writing new material, which she would like Country Greats to record. Catch sample streaming of ‘Born To Sing’, recorded in Nashville, and ‘Unchangeable’, recorded in NYC. Look out for Taylor performing these in future Live shows.
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