Tell It To My Heart
“My job as an artist is to make sure that I make the material I choose mine, by interpreting it my way.” Taylor Dayne
A top selling pop artist of the late 80s and early 90s, Taylor Dayne had seven back-to-back top ten singles with “Tell It To My Heart,” “Prove Your Love,” “I'll Always Love You,” “Don't Rush Me,” “Every Beat Of My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “I'll Be Your Shelter.” She has released five albums, "Tell It to My Heart" (1988), "Can't Fight Fate" (1989), "Soul Dancing" (1993), "Naked Without You" (1998) and "Satisfied" (2008).
Dayne is also an actress and appeared in the films "Love Affair" (1994), "Fool's Paradise" (1997), "Stag" (1997), "Joshua Tree" (2002) and "Jesus the Driver" (2004). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Beautiful Loser" and "I Am Bad." TV viewers could catch her in the TV movie "Remaking Taylor Dayne" (2005). She also had a recurring role on the Showtime sitcom "Rude Awakening" and guest-starred in an episode of "Martial Law" and "Rescue Me."
This 5' 2" performer once dated actor John Enos III (born on June 12, 1962).
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Laura and Jack, Leslie Wunderman, who would later be popular as Taylor Dayne, was born on March 7, 1962, in Baldwin, Long Island, New York. She has two brothers named Robert and Hugh.
Taylor became a mom for the first time after giving birth to twins Astaria and Levi on December 30, 2001.
After graduating high school, Taylor Dayne began singing professionally and performed with a new wave group called "Felony.” She later left the group to join another new wave band called “The Next.”
Dayne began singing solo after finishing college and released the dance single "I'm The One You Want" (1985) under the name "Les Lee." During this time, she met producer Ric Wake. While collaborating with Wake, Dayne began using the stage name "Taylor Dayne." After getting signed with Arista Records, she released the song "Tell It To My Heart" (1987). It peaked at #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 26 weeks. The song also rose to #3 in the U.K., and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal, Female in 1988.
"Tell It To My Heart" was featured in Dayne's debut album of the same name released on January 19, 1988. Other singles on the album include "Prove Your Love," a high energy dance track that became Dayne's second U.S. Top 10 hit, "I'll Always Love You," which rose to #3, and "Don't Rush Me," which rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Dayne's highest-charting single at the time. The album "Tell It To My Heart" was eventually certified two times platinum in the United States.
Dayne released her sophomore effort, "Can't Fight Fate," on October 7, 1989. The three-time platinum album spawned the Top Ten hit singles "With Every Beat of My Heart" and "I'll Be Your Shelter," the Number One "Love Will Lead You Back," and the Top 20 pop chart hit "Heart of Stone."
On July 13, 1993, Dayne released her third album, "Soul Dancing," via Arista Records. The album that peaked at #51 on The Billboard 200 included the hit singles "Send Me a Lover," which peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, "I'll Wait," "Say A Prayer," and her rendition of Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love," which was well-received and topped at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Three years after releasing "Greatest Hits" (1995), Dayne released her fourth album, "Naked without You," on October 6, 1998. It yielded two singles, "Whatever You Want," which rose to #6 on the U.S. Dance chart, and "Naked Without You," which climbed on the U.S. Dance chart. Afterward, she released a live album, "Performance" (1999), and a U.S. hits compilation album, "Master Hits: Taylor Dayne" (1999).
By this time, Dayne had contributed songs for various soundtracks, including "Danger, Heartbreak Dead Ahead" for Jon Avnet's "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991; starring Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary-Louise Parker, and Mary Stuart Masterson), "Original Sin" for Russell Mulcahy's "The Shadow" (1994; starring Alec Baldwin), "Willpower" for "One Moment in Time: 1988 Summer Olympics Album" (1988), and "The Wind Cries Mary" for "Searching For Jimi Hendrix" (1999).
Dayne, who had private operatic training with Juilliard master Maestro Carelli, also acted in the films "Love Affair" (1994; starring Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Katharine Hepburn), Glenn Gordon Caron's remake of the 1939 film "Fool's Paradise" (1997), an independent romantic comedy, and "Stag" (1997), Gavin Wilding's thriller starring John Stockwell. Additionally, she appeared in the sci-fi TV movie "NightMan" (1997) and guest-starred in an episode of CBS’ show "Martial Law."
The new millennium saw Dayne contribute the songs "Planet Love" for the soundtrack of Joel Schumacher's film "Flawless" (2000; starring Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman), "How Many" for Dirk Shafer's gay-themed independent film "Circuit" (2002), and "Supermodel" for the comedy film based on the Disney Channel show starring Hilary Duff, "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" (2003). She also released the compilation albums "The Best of Taylor Dayne" (2002), "Platinum & Gold Collection: Taylor Dayne" (2003), "Whatever You Want/Naked Without You" (2005), "Dance Diva: Remixes & Rarities" (2005), and "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" (2006). Additionally, she made a surprise return to Australia in November 2003 playing small venues and clubs on the Gold Coast in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Wollongong. The tour was titled "Woman In Love" and lasted just over two weeks.
Recently, on February 5, 2008, Dayne released her fifth studio album, "Satisfied," under independent record label Adrenaline Music Group. It debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #179 and #22 on the Indie Charts. The album included the lead single "Beautiful," which topped at #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Charts in May 2008 and hit #23 on the AC Radio Charts. The second single off the album was "My Heart Can't Change." Meanwhile, the track "Crash" was used in a promotional commercial for the ABC network.
As an actress, Dayne performed on Broadway in Elton John's musical “Aida” in 2001. She also had a recurring role as Maureen (2000) on the Showtime sitcom "Rude Awakening," starred in the reality TV show "Remaking Taylor Dayne" (2005), and guest-starred in an episode of FX’s drama series "Rescue Me."
On the big screen, moviegoers could catch her in Jonathan W.A. Messer's 23-minute short drama film "Joshua Tree" (2002) and Bradley Battersby's romantic comedy "Jesus the Driver" (2004).
Dayne will next appear in "Beautiful Loser," an upcoming comedy film written and directed by John Nolte, and "I Am Bad," a thriller by writer/director David Rackoff.
"I love drag queens. They perform me better than I ever could myself." Taylor Dayne