Award Winning Billboard Top 10 Recording Artist SIR ARI GOLD is that rare artist who with every song, every video, every show and every album unfolds a wholly original story never seen or heard before in quite the same way. His latest video and single “Play My F**kn Record,” from the remixed retrospective Play My F**kn Remix is no exception. People Magazine says his music “takes the listener to fresh places” and “packs Born-This-Way swagger.” Industry legend Clive Davis says he “writes from the heart” and icon RuPaul calls his work simply “brilliant.” Play My F**kn Remix marks Gold’s sixth album and chronicles Gold’s career as an openly gay singer-songwriter since his first album was independently released on his own GOLD18 Records in 2000. His commitment to making pop music with a message has most recently rewarded Ari with the “Visionary Award” by the LGBT Academy Of Recording Arts as well as being Knighted by the Imperial Court Of New York, one of the longest standing human rights organizations in the world.
“Make My Body Rock” from his fourth studio album Between the Spirit & the Flesh debuted at #1 on LOGO making him the artist with the most #1’s since the networks launch in 2005. His Billboard Top 10 and #1 Sirius/XM Radio dance hit, “Where The Music Takes You” from the critically hailed Transport Systems was voted LOGO’s #1 Video of the Year and is the Grand Prize Winner (in all genres) of the 12th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. “I’m All About You” co-written with hitmaker Desmond Child and released by Universal Records saw Ari perform on the legendary Top Of The Pops and gave him another Top 10 hit.
Sir Ari Gold was born and raised in an Orthodox Jewish household in the Bronx with his two brothers Elon and Steven. Currently residing on the lower east side, Ari is the 4th generation from his family to live in the historically and artistically rich neighborhood. His auspicious career in show-business started at the tender age of five when he was discovered singing at his brother’s bar-mitzvah. By six years old he had recorded a CBS Children’s Record Pot Belly Bear: Songs & Stories and made his national network television debut on the legendary Joe Franklin Show. He went on to sing on over 400 TV jingles including voices for characters on Jem and the Holograms, Cabbage Patch Kids, and singing with Diana Ross on her Swept Away album. Ari also recorded many Jewish children’s music like 613 Torah Avenue and Uncle Moishe. He released his self-titled debut album in 2000, receiving critical attention from Billboard, HITS and VIBE for being the first openly gay pop singer who was out in his music from the beginning of his career.
His sophomore album Space Under Sun spawned features on HBO, IFC, BBC, Radio 1, WOR, FOX News, NPR, MTV and VH-1, while gracing the cover of countless magazines around the world, establishing Gold as a bonafide gay icon. He’s toured Europe, Canada and in over 50 cities across the US alongside Chaka Khan, Debbie Harry, and Cyndi Lauper as well as performing in his hometown at Summerstage, Lincoln Center, BAM and Joe’s Pub. Ari’s coffee table book and remix CD, released in 25 countries, includes contributions by Boy George and RuPaul. The Remixes features the Billboard dance hit, “Love Will Take Over” which bumped Madonna out of LOGO’s top spot, marking the first time an out artist debuted at #1 which lead to the “Because You Deserve an Award” Nomination on the NewNowNext Awards where Lady Gaga made her national television debut. Ari is an Independent Music Award Winner (Best R&B Song, “Love Wasn’t Built In a Day” featuring Dave Koz), a 2x Outmusic Award Winner, one of the 25 People That Make Us Proud by Metro Source, one of Genre’s Men We Love, an OUT100 Most Influential by OUT Magazine, and received a “Decade Of Achievement” by the LGBT Expo.
Ari attended Yale University and graduated with honors from NYU. He gives talks across the country at community centers, synagogues and universities about growing up gay and orthodox. He is a contributing writer to the anthology YOUTH IN CRISIS has been developing an autobiographical musical that had a successful run at NYMF. Ari’s activism and charity work also includes the HRC, UJA, Soulforce, Ali Forney Center, ACLU, Bialy House, amFAR, Live Out Loud and GMHC on HIV/AIDS awareness and research, homelessness and human rights.