Taylor Dayne Shares Her Thoughts on Michael Jackson, Her New Memoir & Possible Las Vegas Residency

By Paul Zahn | March 27, 2019 | People

After decades in the music industry, singer Taylor Dayne is spilling all her secrets in her latest memoir, Tell It To My Heart.

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Taylor Dayne helped define a generation of pop music with a string of 18 top ten Billboard hits. The pop songstress soared to fame in 1987 following her breakout single, Tell It To My Heart. Following a successful run of hit albums, Dayne shifted into the world of acting; she starred in a variety of television and film projects. The vocal powerhouse even made her Broadway debut in the hit Elton John and Tim Rice musical, AIDA.

With a career spanning 30 years, Dayne decided to add another job title to her resume: author. The Grammy-nominated singer has penned her memoir, Tell It To My Heart. Taylor, who performed to a sold-out show at The Silverton Casino this month, left no stone unturned in her tell-all book. We caught up with the singer, who revealed details on everything from touring with Michael Jackson to her favorite hot spots in Las Vegas.

On Penning Her Memoir

This is a monumental year for me—my achievement of reaching 30 years as a woman in this biz, living in Hollywood. It’s the NY girl did good. It was the right time to tell it. There’s a difference between when you’re hitting four singles per record and you’re on that real rollercoaster ride. We all know what that is—you’ve watched enough pop stars in your life—watched the machine. Now, I am a 50-year-old woman who has experienced and done it all—except gotten married. I sing about love and heart and I haven’t done that!

On Opening for Michael Jackson on The Bad Tour

Michael did two shows a week, if we were lucky. I was on this extravagant caviar tour with 150 buses in the south of France, south of Spain—every country in Europe. I had the hit song in Europe: "Tell It To My Heart." Michael was a phenomenon. Watching him get ready to go onstage—when he entered stage he had this whole ritual. He would have military guys backstage and police—they were in the military outfits. They were chanting and everybody backstage was amped. Opening for him felt like you were in the Roman colosseum being fed to the lions. This is the late 80s—it was Michael pandemonium.

On Prince Plucking Her From the Audience to Perform With Him Onstage

Prince saw me in the audience, he sent his brother out to get me. They said, “Please, we are doing a show afterhours and we would love for you to join us.” At the afterhours show, I bumped into Prince in the bathroom. He was there with "Lovesexy" all over him. What a funny delicious, incredible musical genius of a man.

On Her Favorite Spots in Las Vegas

STK is one of my favorite places in The Cosmopolitan. It is a social spot for our adult hedonistic ways. The food is fantastic. I just love being in that hotel, I love the experience in there. And, of course, Scarpetta, where I stay with my friends. I feel the best when I am with them. It is such a social place.

On Her Upcoming Las Vegas Show at The Silverton Casino

Right now, this is the "Tell It To My Heart 30 Year Explosion Tour." I am refreshing the show—there are hits—things that fans expect. I would never want to deny anyone that. I am refreshing some things because this book has allowed me to go deeper into my catalogue. I would love to turn this into a residency in Vegas—a combination of spoken word and music. Theatrical, but still highly musical. Vegas is our new Broadway.



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