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Houston Voice, May 26, 2006 - File 017. 2006-05-26. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3769/show/3764.

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Title Houston Voice, May 26, 2006
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Ford, Nancy
Publisher Window Media
Date May 26, 2006
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 16 MAY 26, 2006 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE r Singer-songwriter Ari Gold joins 5th annual Aquafest ARI GOLD, continued from Page 1 Los Angeles, where he is recording tracks for his third album. "There have been moments where I've run the risk of people dismissing my music or dismissing my message because all they see is a sexy image, and they don't really bother to look further" Dig just a little deeper, and it's clear that Gold is passionate — and purposeful — about his music career. He released his self- titled debut disc in 2001, an intimate collection of tracks recorded between 1996 and 2000. It went on to earn the 2002 Outmusic Award for Outstanding Debut CD. 2004's "Space Under Sun" was released on the singer's own Goldl8 Records and featured production from Desmond Child, who has worked with everyone from Cher to Ricky Martin. The disc offered a slick, soulful melange of sounds, capped by the exquisite title track. The song was also included on "The Katrina CD," a Houston-based benefit disc. (More info at www.katrinacd.com.) Other standouts on "Space Under Sun" include "Fan-Tastic," a love letter to Madonna; "He's On My Team," a cheeky ode to sexual ambiguity; and a dreamy cover of Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" Gold says he is "super-excited" about his new material. "There's a real sense of direction as far as what I want to say with this record," he says. "I just feel like it's strong, and it's growth, and it's a progression." SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HIS career, Gold has been showered with attention from the gay media that quickly catapulted him to cover-boy status. He expertly plays the part, often appearing shirtless in music videos and during live performances. "In this day and age. with popular music, it's always a package," Gold says. "No one really questions how many photos shoots Christina Aguilera or Justin Timberlake have coming out per week. It's just sort of part of the job, as far as putting yourself out there." Gold even released a 96-page coffee- table book showcasing his stunning physique late last year. It was shrewdly accompanied by an EP of remixes. The EP's first single, "Love Will Take Over" cracked the top 40 of Billboard's Club Play chart; and the accompanying video bumped Madonna out of the top spot for two weeks on gay cable station Logo's "Click List" weekly countdown. For his part, Gold sees the pretty package as part of a bigger ultimate goal. "I didn't have a gay sex symbol when I was growing up, a sexy pop star who was out." he says. "I wasn't able to have that type of fantasy, and I think that helps us. We get to fantasize about ourselves, and we get to see ourselves reflected back. To me, that's — not to get too therapeutic — psychologically healthy. "I did make a conscious choice when I was first starting to put out a sexy image. I > MORE INFO Aquafest Gay Cruises 5th Anniversary with Ari Gold Saturday, May 27 7 p.m. Jeffries 710 Pacific St. No cover 888-919-1126 www.arigold.com was seeing all these random, half-naked boys in gay magazines — many of whom are straight models or just people that we don't really know. Why don't we have some half- naked boys who are actually doing something, who are actually saying something?" IT'S A LONG WAY FROM GOLD'S upbringing as a nice Orthodox Jewish boy. At age 12, Gold sang back up for Diana Ross, which he calls, "a huge highlight for a budding homo like myself." One of his favorite early gigs, however, was for an equally fabulous diva. "I'm very proud of having been a voice of one of the characters on 'Jem and the Holograms.' I was actually a huge fan of the show before I got the call to do the voice," he says. "I played an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl. That was, of course, before my voice changed." Soon enough, music took shape as the driving force in Gold's life. He wrote his first song, "Experienced Girl," as a teenager about someone he was dating at the time. The pair are still close, though both eventually came out of the closet. Guess we all go through phases. Personal experience continues to inform Gold's songwriting to this day. "There are times when I embellish things for the sake of drama, and there are times when you might change some details around or... you sometimes have to fit things to best serve what you're trying to say" Gold says. "But it actually is all very personal." After graduating from New York University Gold began to gig around the city hoping to land a major-label deal. As hard a task as that is for mainstream singers, being openly gay and writing about it makes the quest all the more challenging. "I don't know if I thought that much about how it would be responded to. Once I did start recording and playing for people, that's when I got reactions both positive and negative," Gold says. "I try now to surround myself with people who understand what it is I'm trying to do and understand my vision, to create a supportive environment around me. Even so, Gold recently ran into an unexpected roadblock when a producer on his forthcoming disc expressed discomfort with the subject matter of a song. "I was a little shocked. I thought I was past this point in my career. I don't apologize anymore," Gold says. "When I was 16 and closeted and dating girls, I was not writing about being gay I was writing about experienced girls. But as soon as I left high school — Yeshiva, which is a Jewish parochial school — I came out I continued to write songs ... about what was going on in my life, which is exactly what I've been doing since I was 16. "That makes sense to me. As a songwriter, as an artist, you write from the truth of your experience."
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