On Saturday, April 18, Center Stage will feature the chart-topping Taylor Dayne. Having sold a combined 75 million singles and albums, Daynes long-standing career has seen Top 10 hits in three consecutive decades and three Grammy nominations. Her first two albums, released in 1988 and 1989, generated three #1 singles: Tell It to My Heart”, “Love Will Lead You Back”, and “Prove Your Love to Me.” Also a songwriter, several of Dayne’s gold and platinum-selling solo albums featured her own compositions, and “Whatever You Want”, a song she co-wrote for Tina Turner, became a Top 40 hit in 10 different countries in 1996. She was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2012, joining other time-tested luminaries like Billy Joel and Joan Jett.
On Sunday, April 19, Center Stage will feature Oscar, Golden Globe and five-time Grammy winning artist Christopher Cross. Crosss career skyrocketed in the early 1980s when his debut album, featuring the #1 single Sailing, quickly hit the #2 spot, earning him the Best New Artist and Song of the Year awards at the 1981 Grammys. Within four years, Cross had two albums, eight hit singles, several world tours, five Grammys and an Oscar. He co-wrote and sang the song that helped define the 1984 Summer Olympics, A Chance for Heaven, as well as the song Loving Strangers for the 1986 Tom Hanks movie Nothing in Common. With 9 million album sales worldwide, Cross most recently released his 13th album entitled Secret Ladder, in 2014.