Dayne at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, 2009
|Birth name||Leslie Wunderman|
|Also known as||Les Lee|
March 7, 1962 |
Manhattan, New York
raised Baldwin, New York
|Genres||Pop, dance-pop, freestyle, adult contemporary, R&B, soft rock, soul|
“Tell It To My Heart”
My first tour I was on the road for 18 months. You're just out there promoting.
My tastes and inspirational artists were always rather eclectic and diverse.
Well, honey, I had the million dollar houses, I had the car, I had the horse, I had the barn; I had everything. Was I set free? I didn't even know what that meant.
But once you strip that down, you realize it's all about a voice, like a Norah Jones – that's inspiring to me.
When I first came out, like a lot of the artists at that time, I had a very polished, very overproduced sound.
By the second tour I had rice cakes and hummus with me, and I was jumping rope in my room.
If anything changes shape or takes off without me, I'll come after you and kill you. I'm too type A.
If we were truly in the studio making a record, it would have been more time consuming, and certainly I would have been more involved in the writing process.
My current mantra is that sometimes we need teachers in our lives. I never had that in my life, parents and stuff like that; I tried to stay on the outside of them or anybody that had that kind of influence.
I just try to get out of my own way because if anyone is their own worst enemy, it's usually you.
And I'm also looking for a comeback record and it has to touch a lot of people.
That's really my goal now. I'm trying to be a positive role model to my kids and to just enjoy this ride, because it's hard. It's hard to enjoy it when you're in it.
I've had enough boyfriends and enough issues. I'd seen enough train wrecks.
I came out the box and for seven years I had a huge career. And then it's done, it's dumped. But I ain't gone, and I refuse to be gone.
Did people think I sounded black? Totally, but that was a marketing tool as well, but also this is how I grew up and these are my influences.