Taylor Dayne slated to appear in Queens

‘Tell It to My Heart’ singer will be at Resorts World Casino June 15

Ask Taylor Dayne if she knew “Tell It To My Heart” would be a hit and she’ll laugh.

“You ask anybody that makes a record that becomes a hit, hell no, we don’t,” she told the Chronicle in an interview last Thursday. “We’re just 20, going for it.”

Dayne will be performing at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park on June 15.

Dayne, who grew up on Long Island when she was still known as Leslie Wunderman, said the energy is high for shows in the area and that she also gets to see her friends and family afterward.

“New York is New York and it’s home for me,” she said.

She remembers listening to WABC on her AM radio while hanging around the pool when she was growing up.

“It was Karen Carpenter to Aretha, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Michael Jackson,” Dayne said, citing some of the hitmakers of the time

That’s how she listened until she had enough money to purchase some records.

“The minute I hear ‘Close to You’ by The Carpenters it just stops me in my tracks,” Dayne said, adding that “Build Me Up Buttercup” is another of her favorites.

It was Dayne’s “Tell It to My Heart” that became a hit in 1987. The song was first released in Europe and she went to do press and TV, which she said can be isolating.

Then she did an in-store event.

“There were about 2,000 people outside that looked identical to me with the same primped hair and I think I kind of knew there was some phenomenon going on,” Dayne said.

A half-dozen more hits reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 including “Prove Your Love,” “I’ll Always Love You,” “Don’t Rush Me,” “With Every Beat of My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “I’ll Be Your Shelter.”

She recalled what it was like it to be famous before cell phones and the internet.

“We were physically touring every which way and showing up for everything,” Dayne said. “You had to be there.”

She would also sit in airports and make calls to radio and TV stations by using phone cards.

The times have changed but Dayne still enjoys touring, saying that she’s “completely blessed” that her music is still popular.

“It’s always that moment on stage, that rapport with your audience, and my audiences over 30 years now,” she said. “I’ve come so far on a lot of levels that when I’m on stage it just feels like, I’m not going to say home, because I always get nervous and I always know the preparation.

“The connection is nothing you can imagine and you’re completely in the moment and you’re right there with each other and you’re sharing this incredible energy. It’s a ride. It’s amazing. It’s hard to explain. When your fans are with you, you’re with them.”

Dayne recently released a new single, “Live Without” featuring Avedon. She is also the author of the new book “Tell It to My Heart: How I Lost My S#*t, Conquered My Fear, and Found My Voice.”

“It was a story that I just needed to do,” she said of the two-year project. “It was cathartic.”

She added, “It’s a very isolating process and you get lost in it.”

Dayne said writing a chapter could easily take four, five or six hours but she was used to spending time in the recording studio and then asking where the time went at the end of a session.

Dayne said she knows when she’s happy with a take in the studio and that she has one of those voices that listeners are able to quickly recognize.

“For me, there’s a flow and it has to have that energy and it has to sell believability,” she said. “You have to feel like you’re in the moment. That’s why 30 years later ... my voice comes on the radio and people go, ‘Oh, s--t, it’s Taylor Dayne.’”