On Friday, July 18, dance-pop icon Jade Starling of Pretty Poison will be celebrating the release of her debut solo album, Captive and current single, ‘Think About U’ with a special guest performance during “Friday’s Weekend Kickoff” at Resorts World Casino New York City. As the lead singer of Pretty Poison, Starling had a 1987 #hit with “Catch Me, I’m Falling.” Starling goes on at 11:30 p.m. with a live DJ spinning from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. New Jersey’s own Starling will release her first-ever solo work, Captive on Aug. 12, on Subpoena/Universal.
Captive features collaborations with Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, KylieMinogue), newcomer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona (Universal France). The disc has already yielded the hit single “Insomniak,” which cracked the Top 30 on Billboard magazine’s dance chart.
According to the flame-tressed, South Jersey diva and lifelong Camden County resident, Captive was two years in the making and wound up in a much different place from where it started. Starling 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,” said the singer. “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 Starling and Cooler. “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.”
The one thing Jade doesn’t want anyone thinking is that Captive represents some kind of “comeback.” She and Cooler 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.”
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