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...upbeat lyrics and euphoric beats will make revelers on the dance floor feel as sexy and glam as DJ Christie’s look.
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HER IMAGE IS all glossed up and glam. With her dazzling and coifed red hair, high cheekbones, glossed lips and off-the-hook fashions, DJ Jackie Christie looks like she could be a high fashion model and socialite a la Paris Hilton.
With looks like that, it is no wonder the New York City native is known for spinning at fashionista parties for designers such as Donatella Versace and Marc Bouwer, and at clubs like the Roxy and China.
But the queens on the dance floor know there is substance behind the image, and that is why this glamour gal has gathered a considerable gay following. She is known for remixing artists like Madonna and Yoko Ono.
As a matter of fact, Motema Music signed the DJ with the cover girl looks on the strength of her number one Billboard Club Chart remix of Madonna’s “Nothing Fails,” with partner Shane X.
The result is the album “Made 4 U,” which will feature vocalists like Wigstock’s beloved emcee Lady Bunny, club diva Sandy B, and house music pioneer Kraze. The album will hit the shelves Oct. 24, but dance music lovers can experience DJ Christie’s feel-good vibes with the promotional single “Beautiful Day,” which has already been released in the clubs.
The songs upbeat lyrics and euphoric beats will make revelers on the dance floor feel as sexy and glam as DJ Christie’s look. In that respect, the music is a perfect fit for her.
The lyrics of “Beautiful Day” are certainly infectious, and Christie says they sum up her philosophy.
“There are people in your life that can lift you up so high / and even when you’re wrong, they’re still standing by your side/ It’s a beautiful day with you in my life.”
For Christie, the people who lift her up in her life are her audiences.
ANOTHER HOT NEW RELEASE in the dance scene is from dance music powerhouse label Tommy Boy. “Bangin’ 3: Progressive Beats” is the latest of the “Bangin’” series and features a straight party boy DJ Escape, who is conquering the gay circuit scene.
Released on Aug. 15, the album is bursting with some of dance music’s best-known artists, such as Kristine W., C & C Music Factory, Origene (who is also featured in the “Queer as Folk: The Fourth Season” soundtrack), Dave Armstrong, and that latest surprise dance floor sensation, Yoko Ono.
As a label, Tommy Boy has been in the forefront of the dance music genre, and it has its formula down pat. The label knows how to open an album off with a bang, and perhaps the suits there had some input in recommending DJ Escape do so with Armstrong’s kinetic single “Make Your Move.” The single is currently No. 14 and gaining on Billboard’s “Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart.”
But the single being touted as the standout of the collection is Kristine W’s “The Wonder of it All.” A former Vegas showgirl and a performer who has made an international name for herself in the dance genre, W’s strong vocals soar in this track.
Tommy Boy and DJ Escape have hopes that this track will become the next dance floor staple. For a straight guy, Escape knows a thing or two about circuit sounds, or as one industry insider puts it “proof that at least one straight guy knows a thing or two about bangin’.”
AND WHILE WE ARE ON the subject of dance music, congratulations are in order for Angie Stone, who the Express spoke to just a few weeks back. Her remixed single “I Wanna Thank You” just hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Music/Club Play Chart.
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