Jade Starling Releases Single 'Think About U', Plays New York Show Tonight to Celebrate CAPTIVE Release
Jade Starling, best known as New Jersey's vocalizing half of the platinum-selling duo Pretty Poison (No. 1 hit "Catch Me I'm Falling" on Virgin Records), today releases "Think About U", the 2nd single from her acclaimed first-ever solo work, CAPTIVE, hailed as a "masterpiece" by AXS.com (AEG Live) and due Aug. 12 on Subpoena/Universal. 'Think About U' follows the Top 30 Billboard Dance Chart success of the album's first single, "Insomniak".
"'Think About U' is '"an exhilarating beatopia!,' continued AXS.com. "The track mesmerizes with an abundance of swirls, waves, and fuzzy pulses while Starlings pristine vocals electrify your soul making you feel truly alive!"
"Think About U," was produced by Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue). CAPTIVE also features collaborations with newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona (Universal France).
Starling's Summer-Fall 2014 CAPTIVE U.S. Tour is already under way, with CD Release Events TONIGHT in New York at Resorts World Casino; the 2014 EDM Showcase at the Cutting Room in New York (Aug. 9), and Atlantic City at the DJ Expo 2014 (Aug. 11), produced by DJ Times. And, following a wildly successful appearance before 15,000 people on the Los Angeles stop in June, two more dates have been added for Jade on Live Nation's Super Freestyle Explosion Tour in Orlando (Sept. 12) and Tampa (Sept. 13).
Bringing the CAPTIVE theme further into focus, Jade went with Gretchen Johnson Photography inside the historic Eastern State Penitentiary, which once "held captive" some of America's most notorious criminals, including gangster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton, to capture all of the photos for her album cover and the complete album package design.
According to the flame-tressed, Philadelphia-based diva, CAPTIVE, two years in the making, ended in a much different place from where it started. Jade and her long-time partner, keyboardist-producer Whey Cooler, originally intended to create something in the vein of their dance-popping predecessors, released under the Pretty Poison banner. But along the way, they decided to bring in outside collaborators to give their tracks a more contemporary sound.
"This is a dance record," says Jade. "Collaborating with international DJs gave it a fresh new sound, and inspired us to write many new songs."
Not that dance music is new territory for Jade and Whey. "We've been doing electronic music since the beginning of our careers," says Jade. "Now it just has a label -- 'EDM.' We're about what's happening next. We've always tried to stay ahead of the curve and not follow it."
Despite its infectious beats, CAPTIVE is about far more than just dance floor grooves. Lyrically, Jade examines the human condition in ways that are instantly relatable and relevant to club kids and everyone else.
"The record takes you on an emotional journey from start to finish," she explains. "From the opening track, 'Everything in the World,' which really sums it up -- 'I want it all, I want it now, I want everything in the world' -- it covers the gamut of emotions from breakups to falling in love. The new single, 'Think About U,' captures the first time you fall in love, getting back to those pure feelings that you felt."
For Jade and Whey, new material, new sonic partnerships and the desire to reach new audiences meant the old moniker had to go.
"We wanted to put something out that was current and had relevance," Jade reasons. "If it was called 'Pretty Poison,' people may have a preconceived notion. It's still Jade Starling with Whey Cooler and our collaborators. By using my name it's a fresh way of re-introducing myself to the music world. If people make the connection, it's great. If they don't, they should just judge the music on its own merits."
The one thing Jade doesn't want anyone thinking is that CAPTIVE represents some kind of "comeback." She and Whey have pretty much gigged and recorded continuously for more than two decades.
"I've been doing what I always do, writing, touring and performing," she insists. "It's not a comeback. We never left. It's just a re-introduction. And this is why it's a Jade Starling record, and not a Pretty Poison record."
WHAT: Dance-Pop icon JADE STARLING of Pretty Poison celebrates release of 1st solo album, 'Captive' and latest single, 'Think About U' in a special guest performance during "Friday's Weekend Kickoff" at Resorts World Casino New York City.
WHO: JADE STARLING of Pretty Poison (#1 hit "Catch Me, I'm Falling")
WHEN: TONIGHT, July 18 11:30 p.m. (Live DJ 11 p.m.-2 a.m.)
WHERE: Resorts World Casino New York City Club 360 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11420 (Next to JFK Airport)
INFO: 1 (888) 888-8801 www.rwnewyork.com
1. Everything In The World
2. Only Love
4. Love Of A Lifetime
5. Better And Better
6. Think About U
8. Runaway Hearts
9. Step By Step
10. Place In The Sun
11. Dance Revolution
12. Every Lil Beat
JADE STARLING ON TOUR:
7/18 - Resorts World Casino NYC - CD RELEASE EVENT - Jamaica, NY
8/9 - 2014 EDM SHOWCASE - The Cutting Room, New York, NY
8/11 - Scores Atlantic City, DJ Expo 2014 - CD RELEASE EVENT - Atlantic City
9/12 - Super Freestyle Explosion, Amway Center - Orlando, FL
9/13 - Super Freestyle Explosion, Tampa Bay Times Forum - Tampa, FL
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