Playing the Chevy Court stage: Matt's Memo

Taylor Dayne plays Chevy Court at the New York State Fair. (Matt Mulcahy)

Pop star Taylor Dayne stepped back stage as her rhythm section vamped. She sipped water. Wiped her brow. Took a brief break after spending her hour long set in the midday sun that struck the stage. Her band leader then asked the crowd if they wanted more. Of course, they did. She had yet to sing "Tell it to my heart". She briskly returned front and center and belted it out along with every one of her diehards in the audience.

She is about to celebrate thirty years since the release of her first of three number one hits. "Tell It to My Heart", "Love will Lead You Back" and "Prove Your Love to Me". We talked with her after her Chevy Court performance just before our live broadcast of NBC 3 News at 5:00 tonight. By then, she had dressed down from her stage costume into jeans. She was more than happy to spend a few minutes doing an interview.

We talked about her growing connection to the Syracuse area. She ate Dinosaur BBQ last night. She is a Long Island native, but has plenty of friends in Central New York. She starred in Cats at the Finger Lakes Theatre Festival in Auburn a few years ago and was a headliner for the Syracuse Jazz Fest in 2013.

Those three number one singles in her back pocket make her bankable by reputation, but she stressed to us that continued success only comes from focus, dedication and hard work. As a 55 year old single mother she sets a strong example by being in charge of her career and finding ways to stretch into new areas.

Dayne admitted the hot afternoon sun was not the ideal setting for her performance, but she powered through with the same strong voice that hit the charts in the late 1980's. This show marked the end of a twenty stop summer tour. She now takes a couple weeks off before a lighter fall schedule.

The Fair estimated a relatively small crowd of 2,000 enjoyed her afternoon show. But, the length of the line of fans waiting to meet her after the performance should tell us there is a core group who look forward to her next visit to Central New York.

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