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Taylor Dayne (1962)

Leslie Wunderman

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Taylor Dayne was born Leslie Wunderman on March 7, 1962 before later adopting her current stage name. She is an American pop vocalist, songwriter, and dance artist. She had a string of hits in the late '80s and early '90s, including Tell It to My Heart and the #1 Billboard hit Love Will Lead You Back. Overall, she has had eighteen individual hit songs reach the top ten in Billboard magazine. These include most recently, the 2011 American and international hit "Floor on Fire" and the 2008 song "Beautiful", which reached the top spot in Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play Chart. She has also topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart three times.

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Taylor Dayne began singing professionally after graduating from high school in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York, singing in little-known rock bands such as Felony and Next. She began singing solo after finishing college and released two dance singles under the name Les Lee called "I'm The One You Want" and "Tell Me Can You Love Me" .

Signed to Arista Records, her first song to crack the top ten was the dance-pop hit "Tell It to My Heart" in late 1987. The song was an instant smash worldwide, peaking in the top five of most major markets worldwide, and achieving a peak of number one in many countries, including Germany. The hit songs that followed included "Prove Your Love", "I'll Always Love You", "Don't Rush Me", "With Every Beat of My Heart", "Love Will Lead You Back", "I'll Be Your Shelter", "Heart of Stone", "Send Me a Lover", "Naked Without You", and "Whatever You Want".

In the United States, she achieved three gold singles, with "Tell It to My Heart", "I'll Always Love You", and "Love Will Lead You Back". "I'll Always Love You", a change-of-pace ballad compared to Dayne's earlier releases, was her breakout hit on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1988 and paved the way for future uptempo dance tracks such as "Don't Rush Me" and "With Every Beat Of My Heart" to gain acceptance at Adult Contemporary radio.

In 1990, "Love Will Lead You Back", a Diane Warren composition, peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. In 1993, she sang a cover of Barry White' 1974 hit Can't Get Enough of Your Love. The song reached #2 in the Aria Charts in Australia.

As an actress, Dayne appeared in the 1997 Sci-fi television series Nightman as Carla Day, a singer who is also the leading character's love interest, performing many jazz songs alongside Marc Bonilla and Dragonchoir. Later on, she performed on Broadway in Elton John's Aida in 2001. She has had roles in independent films such as Fool's Paradise , Stag and Jesus the Driver , as well as the Warren Beatty-produced 1994 remake of Love Affair. Dayne also had a recurring role on the Showtime series Rude Awakening.

Taylor Dayne was featured in the VH1 series Remaking, which featured her close friends, Leah Remini and Michelle Reid . The series documents Dayne's return to music after taking time off to have a family, , and premiered her newest song, "Right Now", a result of her collaboration with Rodney Jerkins.

In April 2006, she was Elton John's choice to perform at the Nile Rodgers We Are Family Foundation tribute to Elton John.

Dayne also appeared as a guest duet partner on the Fox TV show Celebrity Duets which aired in August and September 2006. She was paired with contestant Jai Rodriguez on the 4th episode which aired September 14, 2006.

On December 11, 2007, Dayne released the first single, "Beautiful", from her studio album Satisfied. The song is written by Taylor Dayne and Hitesh Ceon of production-team 3Elementz. Dayne has been promoting the single on many radio stations, including top markets including New York's WKTU. "Beautiful" went to #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts. She also appeared on The Today Show, Chelsea Lately, Wake Up With Whoopi and VH1. The music video for the single and the Satisfied album cover were shot by Tony Duran, who has also shot album covers for Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez.

She released her fifth album in February 2008 to positive reviews - her first recording studio album for over eight years. Producers on this record include Rick Nowels and Gregg Alexander. The album includes both new material and recreations of some of her favorite contemporary songs.

Dayne appeared in the CMT series Gone Country during its third season. Gone Country season 3, aired on the CMT network January 24, 2009 and its finale aired on March 7, 2009. The chosen winner was Sheila E.

In May 2010, she lobbied congressional leaders on Capitol Hill on behalf of NAMM and VH1's Save The Music Foundation to reduce cuts in music education in America's schools.

In July 2010, she released "Facing a Miracle", the official theme song to the 2010 Gay Games. Dayne performed the song to an audience of 50,000 fans on July 31, 2010 in Cologne, Germany. It ended the year at #9 on Perfect Beat's Top Worldwide Singles of 2010. Five years before, however, she replied to the question what her thoughts on gay marriage were: "In the eyes of the Kaballah, can't be 'married.' That requires actual male and female energy and DNA. In the bigger picture, I think that 'marriage' is about a certain circuitry. I'm as married to my business manager as I would be any husband."

Taylor Dayne is currently working on remastering her Greatest Hits album. She released a new single called "Floor on Fire" on 22 June 2011, which broke the Billboard Dance/Club Charts Top 10! which will also be included on the Greatest Hits album along with new tracks.

In January 2012, she will be one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

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Name Duration Released
My Heart Can't Change 03:45 05/2008
Love Chain 03:52 05/2008
I'm Over My Head 03:15 05/2008
The Fall 03:42 05/2008
Beautiful 03:50 05/2008
Crash 04:33 05/2008
Kissing You 04:09 05/2008
Dedicated 03:51 05/2008
Satisfied 04:19 05/2008
Under the Bridge 04:03 05/2008
Hymn 03:10 05/2008
She Don't Love You 04:06 05/2008
Fool to Cry 03:33 05/2008
Don't Make Me Love You 04:10 06/1998
Dreams 04:00 06/1998
Love's Gonna Be On Your Side 04:27 06/1998
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 04:09 06/1998
Stand 04:26 06/1998
Whatever You Want 04:50 06/1998
Naked Without You 03:52 06/1998
Unstoppable 04:07 06/1998
Soon As My Heart Breaks 03:12 06/1998
Whenever You Fall 04:49 06/1998
There Is No Heart That Won't Heal 05:17 06/1998
Say a Prayer 05:24 13/07/1993
Can't Get Enough of Your Love 04:28 13/07/1993
If You Were Mine 05:01 13/07/1993
Send Me a Lover 04:29 13/07/1993
Memories 04:47 13/07/1993
I'll Wait 04:46 13/07/1993
Someone Like You 03:51 13/07/1993
The Door to Your Heart 04:12 13/07/1993
Soul Dancing 04:35 13/07/1993
I Could Be Good for You 04:26 13/07/1993
Dance with a Stranger 04:29 13/07/1993
You Can't Fight Fate 04:42 07/10/1989
Heart of Stone 04:19 07/10/1989
Love Will Lead You Back 04:39 07/10/1989
I'll Be Your Shelter 04:45 07/10/1989
With Every Beat of My Heart 04:22 07/10/1989
You Meant the World to Me 04:09 07/10/1989
Wait for Me 03:42 07/10/1989
I Know the Feeling 04:48 07/10/1989
Up All Night 04:07 07/10/1989
Upon the Journey's End 04:03 1988
Do You Want It Right Now 04:04 19/01/1987
Prove Your Love 03:28 19/01/1987
I'll Always Love You 04:33 19/01/1987
Don't Rush Me 03:50 19/01/1987
In the Darkness 03:17 19/01/1987
Tell It to My Heart 03:41 19/01/1987
Where Does That Boy Hang Out 04:23 19/01/1987
Want Ads 03:00 19/01/1987
Carry Your Heart 04:22 19/01/1987

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