A native New York,fourth-generation lower east sider, Sir 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. 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. Ari began his professional singing career at age six, playing the lead role in a CBS Children’s Record Pot Belly Bear. As an independent singer/songwriter/producer, Ari has gone on to become a Billboard Top 10 Recording Artist, Independent Music Award Winner, USA Songwriting Competition GRAND PRIZE Winner, and 3x Outmusic Award winner & “Visionary Award” recipient by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts. Ari is proud to have received his knighthood by a royal drag queen from the Imperial Court of New York at The Night of a Thousand Gowns, one of the longest standing human rights organizations in the world. Ari’s music has been heard on hit TV shows Scrubs and Cougar Town. He has been featured on VH-1, MTV, BBC, Top of The Pops, Bravo and LOGO w/ more #1 Videos than any artist. He’s received critical acclaim in People Magazine, Vibe, W, V, New York Magazine, Perez Hilton, HuffPo, Advocate & is an OUT100 recipient. Ari is a published essay writer and has collaborated with Boy George, RuPaul, Laverne Cox and noted by influencers like Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Musto and Clive Davis. Ari has acted in plays by Tony nominated Colman Domingo and in RuPaul's cult film Starrbooty. He’s headlined concerts in Europe, Canada, and in over 40 states including his hometown NYC at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub and Central Park’s Summerstage. Ari has performed and collaborated with his his brother, comedian Elon Gold (Crashing, The Late Late Night Show with James Corden) and his Grammy winning brother Steven Gold (A Cobert Christmas, SNL, Crazy Ex Girlfriend). 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. He can 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. His 5th studio album Soundtrack To Freedom released under the collective GoldNation is OUT NOW with five new music videos. His third remix album, Remix To Freedom, is being released every month since July 2018 and is scheduled to drop in its entirety June 2019 for World Pride in NY commemorating 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
LGBTQ, Gay, Pop Star, Jewish, Entertainer