Ari Gold

Award winning recording artist Ari Gold has been performing since he was 5 years old. He performed the lead role on the CBS children's recording "Pot Belly Bear: Songs and Stories." After the album went platinum, Ari continued his streak providing a variety of voices for "Cabbage Patch Kids" and [my personal favorite] "Jem and the Holograms" as well as singing with the one and only Diana Ross on her album "Swept Away." Now he's all grown up and continuing to take the music industry by storm. In addition to his award winning albums: 2000's self titled: "Ari Gold" (winning the 2002 Outmusic Award for Outstanding Debut),  and 2004's "Space Under Sun" (winning the 2005 Outmusic Award for Album of the Year).  Ari has toured the country with some of the biggest names in music: Cyndi Lauper, RuPaul, Martha Wash and Chaka Khan. His latest release "Transport Systems" containing the hit songs "Where The Music Takes You" (Top 10 Billboard Club Chart) and "Human" (earning Ari his fourth #1 video on Logo) is garnering critical attention for it's powerful lyrics on spirituality, crystal meth addiction, and gender identity. For more info on Ari visit: www.arigold.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Probably my first inspiration was a TV show I watched when I was 3 or 4 years old that I think only came on in the east coast called The Magic Garden and it had two women named Paula and Carole singing with a guitar.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Rodney Jerkins

3. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? I have moments all the time where I say I’m quitting but I think I’m just being dramatic and I would never really quit.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? Oprah is my Jesus.  My parents are my heroes as well for still learning and growing past 70.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can make a very subtle but funny looking face.

6. What website do you get your news from? I get my news from the ladies on the View, but I get a lot of music news from Concreteloop.com and NewNowNext.com

7. Favorite way to keep in shape? Weight Training, Eating yummy healthy food and lots of walking.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs—right now these black Andrew Christian’s. They are very soft and have a little pouch for the crotch.

9. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Neither-chocolate chip cookies

10. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Extra crunchy!

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