The Official Website of "Living Legend" Award-Winning Recording & Performing Artist Sir Ari Gold
Sir Ari Gold is a Billboard Top 10 recording artist, “Living Legend” Glam Award winner, “Visionary Award” winner by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts, USA Songwriting Competition Grand Prize winner, Independent Music Award winner and was knighted by the Imperial Court of NY. Ari has been featured on VH-1, MTV, BBC, Top Of The Pops, Bravo and LOGO w/ more #1 Videos than any artist. Ari’s music has been heard on hit TV shows Scrubs and Cougar Town. He’s received critical acclaim in People Magazine, Vibe, W, V, New York Magazine, Perez Hilton, HuffPo, Advocate, is an OUT100 recipient and was New Yorker of The Week on NY1 (Spectrum)
Ari’s first music video “Wave Of You” debuted with the launch of the LOGO Network, his second video “Love Will Take Over” from the album Space Under Sun, bumped Madonna out of the top spot and “Where The Music Takes You” from his critically acclaimed third studio album Transport Systems, hit the Top Billboard 10 Dance. He’s collaborated with Boy George (“Underneath This Earth”), Desmond Child (Top 10 UK hit “I’m All About You”), Dave Koz (IMA Best R&B Song “Love Wasn’t Built in a Day”), and Sarah Dash, (from Labelle, on “Sparkle”) off his fourth critically lauded album Between The Spirit & The Flesh. Ari has written songs for #1 Billboard artists Tommy Page and drag icon Kevin Aviance.
Ari has been noted by legends Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Musto and Clive Davis, opened for Chaka Khan, Martha Wash, sang with Cyndi Lauper as well as headlined concerts in Europe, Canada, and in over 40 states including his hometown NYC at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, BAM and Central Park’s Summerstage. He’s acted in plays by Tony nominated Colman Domingo and in RuPaul's cult film Starrbooty.
A native New Yorker, fourth-generation lower east sider, Ari Gold was born and raised in the orthodox Jewish community of Pelham Parkway in The Bronx and discovered singing at age five at his brother’s bar mitzvah. As a child vocalist he has sung on over 400 TV and radio jingles, voiced characters for Jem and the Holograms, Cabbage Patch Kids and sang on Diana Ross record Swept Away.
Ari’s parents Lynn and Sid Gold were raised by Eastern European immigrant butchers, bus drivers and shmatta workers and were the first generation to receive a formal education. Their life-long commitment as educators for the NY Board Of Education inspired Ari to receive his BA from New York University, graduating with the Honors Day Award. Ari also studied Queer Theory and LGBTQ studies at Yale on a program he personally devised when the discipline was new to undergraduates. Soon after graduating, Ari began cutting his teeth in the NYC club scene and NYC pride in the mid to late 90’s.
Sir Ari is a published essay writer and podcaster with “A Kiki From the Cancer Ward” featuring guests Laverne Cox and RuPaul. Ari can also be seen paying tribute to one of his idols, George Michael, in the “Too Funky” remake with Peppermint and the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9. After his remixed retrospective, Play My F**kn Remix, Ari released his fifth studio album in 2015 with GoldNation, Soundtrack To Freedom. His third remix album, Remix To Freedom with GoldNation commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.
“This out dance pop artist packs born-this-way swagger...a synthful standout.”
"Steeped in sticky pop melodies, sing along hooks and butt shakin' funk rhythms...solid radio ready material."
"a pop sensation, wowing the local music scene."
"Beyond the clever content of the songs, Gold performs with equal parts of sly, finger-snappin' sass and earthy R&B finesse...the crisp yet fleshy sound of a platinum-selling recording." - Larry Flick
"How many openly gay pop artists are there on the scene who actually come out early in their careers? Not many, and that's certainly what makes Ari Gold stand out from the pack. Gold specializes in R&B-electro-dance sounds that are a pleasant surprise given the fact that the music is laid-back and not of the hyper variety, And unlike quite a few similarly styled artists who simply revisit the same old subject matter in their lyrics, Gold's lyrics run the gamut from gay relationships to human rights and even drug addiction . Gold certainly deserves credit for tackling lyrical subjects usually not linked with dance-pop, which he boldly does."
"Ari's personal lyrics attest to the battles he's been through…he writes from the heart" - Clive Davis
"He has a luscious voice and writes melodic tunes with the right bump and grind...Ari Gold is a star!" -Boy George
“Ari is doing for pop music what Obama did for the presidency.” - Whoopi Goldberg
"Brilliant!" - RuPaul
"Make Music" Directed by Chris Semertzsidis and Jono Freedrix from Soundtrack To Freedom by GoldNation
For Huffington Post 2013
For NewNowNext 2018
For Daily Beast 2011
For The Advocate 2006
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