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Pop music diva Taylor Dayne takes on Atlanta Pride

Dance and pop music vocalist Taylor Dayne first appeared on the American music scene with the release of her hit single “Tell It To My Heart,” which made it to the number seven spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1987.

But that wasn’t where her story began.

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Atlanta celebrates LGBT Pride at Piedmont Park

Over the years, Atlanta Pride has changed in many ways – leadership, dates – as well as the events surrounding it. Though there are scores of activities leading up to the Southeast’s largest Pride celebration, the weekend itself is still the hotbed of activity.

Buck Cooke, executive director of Atlanta Pride, is hoping for large crowds again this year.

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Atlanta Pride announces full entertainment lineup

Tens of thousands of people will descend on Atlanta and Piedmont Park for the 43rd annual Atlanta Pride fest on Oct. 12-13 — and there will be plenty of live entertainment for the masses to enjoy.

From headliners Taylor Dayne and Sonia Leigh to hunky gay country crooner Steve Grand and even Atlanta Police Department's own LGBT liaison Brian Sharp, the two stages are packed with a wide variety of music. And, of course, it wouldn't be Atlanta Pride without the Starlight Cabaret drag show closing out the weekend fest.

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Taylor Dayne to headline Atlanta Pride

Taylor Dayne

Singer Taylor Dayne, best known for her 1987 hit "Tell It to My Heart," will headline the Saturday lineup at this year's Atlanta Pride festival.

"Taylor Dayne has one of the strongest and most recognizable voices in music and her career spans from the '80s when she was on Top 40 radio through today as a chart-topping dance artist," Buck Cooke, Atlanta Pride's executive director, said today. "We are thrilled to have Taylor perform as our headliner on the Coca-Cola Stage on Saturday, Oct. 12."

Dayne has sold some 75 million albums during her 30-year career. She's currently on tour promoting her latest single, "Floor on Fire."