BEFORE BECOMING THE LEAD SINGER OFNILERODGERS’ DISCO GROUP CHIC, KIMBERLYDAvIS WAS SINGING BACK-UP TOMARYJ. BLIGE, ALICIA KEYS, ROBTHOMAS ANDMARYWILSON. LAST WINTER, SHE STEPPED OUT ON HER OWN WITH THE TOP 10 BILLBOARD HIT “TWIST OFLOVE.” ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, THE POWERHO– USE VOCALIST RETURNS TONY C TO PERFORM HER LATEST HANDS IN-THE-AIR HO– USE ANTHEM “WITH YOU” ATTONY MORAN’S “COUNTDOWN TO 2014” AT XL
Written by mike Greenly and Jim Papoulis and produced by Soulbeats NYC, the track is like nothing else shaking dance floors today. While most of what is played leans toward an EDM style, Davis’ track presents a retro, disco vibe laced with gospel.
“There’s just not enough gospel house around these days,” she says.
Peter McLean of D1 Music, the label releasing the track, agrees. “Today’s dance floor needs strong diva vocals like those of Kimberly Davis,” he says. “We are so used to hearing the pop music stars, we forget that it is the true dance artists that ignite a floor with energy and vocals. DJs are also excited to get a track that they know is going to turn their floor out and make people want to dance.”
Davis says she chose to debut the track at Tony moran’s “Countdown to 2014” for two reasons: “a love of the legendary Tony moran” and because there is no better stage in new York to showcase her vocals. XL nightclub recently overhauled its sound system with a $100,000 enhanced sound system turbo-charged with state-of-the-art subwoofers, ultra-crisp tweeters and individually controlled speakers.
“We’re going to end the year with a diva-licious bang,” moran says. “We’re doing the party a little earlier than usual because most new Yorkers head to Miami, Rio and other warm climates for new Year’s and we wanted to celebrate before everyone left town. Only tourists ring in the new Year in chilly NYC.”
The new Year’s party is moran’s third consecutive monthly bash at XL. In October, he threw the city’s biggest gay Halloween party, Destination Full Moon. Last month, he hosted his own birthday party at XL, Celebration, an event that packed the huge, 14,000-square foot space.
Kimberly Davis performs “With You” live at Tony Moran’s “countdown to 2014,” friday, December 27 at fuel fridays at XL (512 west 42nd st). Doors open at 11 p.m. free before midnight. Over 21.