Grammy-nominated singer Taylor Dayne is relishing the revival of her hit “Tell It to My Heart,” thanks to a Cheetos commercial. In the TV spot, a father tells his kids to quiet down because the song is on the radio.
“It’s a classic record,” Dayne says. “It’s an amazing, classic record. I’m blessed to have a few of those—‘Love Will Lead You Back’ and ‘I’ll Always Love You.’ ‘Tell It to My Heart’ is impactful and iconic. It’s like ‘Dance Dance Dance’ from Chic. You just want to get up and dance. It’s not like I wanted to change the world with that song. I was 21 or 22 and just wanted to get noticed.”
Dayne certainly did that. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop vocal, female, for her song in 1988. “Tell It to My Heart” peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The “iconic” song will be part of her set when she performs Friday, January 20, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. With each show, he gives a little piece of herself to each fan, she says.
“For me, a concert has to tell a story,” Dayne says. “It’s like my theater show. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. I have to take fans on some sort of journey so, by the end of the show, they know me.
“You feel so connected at shows like those. It’s a beautiful thing. I leave it on the dance floor, so to speak.”
Nearly 30 years after “Tell It to My Heart” exploded, Dayne is hoping to release a new album and she hints at a memoir.
“I had 18 Top 10 hits,” she says. “The first 10 years, you’re not breathing. You’re not moving. When you come up for air, you think, ‘Who am I? Who do I want to be in this industry?’
“Of course the industry has changed so dramatically, but I’m enjoying the ride more now. I enjoy my fans more. I take it in deeper. I don’t worry every day about not being No. 1 on the charts. I’m not fighting for that place. I’m owning it now.”
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, 8 p.m. Friday, January 20, $25-$65.