Category: Music

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In 1988 Debbie Gibson became the youngest artist to produce, write, and perform and a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Foolish Beat” and holds that crown to this day. Songs like “Only in My Dreams” and “Shake Your Love” kept her in the spotlight and became a staple in her live shows.

Her Broadway debut in Les Miserables led to more musicals such Grease, Gypsy, Cabaret, and Company. She made a cameo in the musical film Rock of Ages and will reprise her role in 2014 for Syfy’s Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark.

Gibson competed on the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice for her charity Children International.

Nunn on the Run caught up to her after she performed at the Festival of Lights on Michigan Avenue.

Jerry Nunn: Last time we talked face to face was during Pridefest in your trailer.

Debbie Gibson: Yes, oh my gosh!

JN: Someone was just mentioning to me what a great job you did there performing.

DG: You know I thought about that the other day wishing I had said more to that audience. It was a long street and packed. The audience was, pardon the pun, electric!

JN: You have always been great with your gay fans.
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Betty Who

Mix pop singers like Robyn, and Katy Perry with a pinch of Pink then you have Betty Who. Born in Sydney, Australia, the blonde bombshell moved to the United States to study music and make it big in 2007.

Her song “Somebody Loves You” was featured in a Home Depot wedding proposal video by gay couple Spencer Stout and Dustin Reeser and was viewed by millions.

Her latest EP Slow Dancing debuts this month bringing her back to Chicago on tour.

Find out who Betty Who is in this fun interview over the phone.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Betty. Where in the world are you?

Betty Who: We are currently on the road to Portland, Oregon and still in California I believe. We are just a few hours north of San Francisco.

JN: You are a New Yorker these days?
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Christina Perri

Singer Christina Perri from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania proved herself before even signing a record deal with a gem of a song called “Jar of Hearts” used on the television show So You Think You Can Dance. She was signed to Atlantic Records and followed it with another hit “Arms” and a Twilight Saga song “A Thousand Years.”

Armed with only a blonde streak in her hair and a body inked with tattoos, the deeply personal songwriter made the season bright on A Very Merry Perri Christmas in 2012.

Her new album Head or Heart was released this month and she dropped in on Chicago to the House of Blues to play some tunes from it. Nunn spoke to her the day before the captivating performance and here is what she said.

Jerry Nunn: Christina. first off, I read you were in musical theater as a child.

Christina Perri: Yep. I was obsessed and I still am. I did theater from about eight years old until 18. I used to teach the same camp that I went to afterwards I moved to LA.

JN: What is your favorite musical?
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Mix the styling of Betty Page, a pinch of Alice in Wonderland, and the pop sensibility of Lady Gaga and you have a recipe for the singer Natalia Kills.

Her debut album spawned four singles “Mirrors,” “Wonderland,” “Free,” and “Kill My Boyfriend.” She went on tour opening for such acts as the Black Eyed Peas, Robyn, and Katy Perry.

With a new second record entitled Trouble she shows a different side to her life from the abuse her mother faced by her father to the rebellious adventures she had as a teen.

Determined to Kill the competition Natalia won’t stop until she becomes a household name and new singles like “Saturday Night” have the dance world jumping.

Nunn caught up with her to talk about her recent club tour.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Natalia. How have you been?

NK: (Natalia Kills) Wonderful, thanks!
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Little Mix

Four girls formed a girl group in the middle of the eighth season of X Factor in the UK consisting of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall to big results as Little Mix. They eventually won and were the first group to do so. They immediately signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records releasing a cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball.

Little Mix released their debut album titled DNA charting to number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Thanks to a hit single “Wings” and an autobiography called Ready to Fly the ladies flew to new heights

Their second album Salute was just released and Nunn spoke to the girl from Essex Jesy herself about new music, playing in Chicago, and the legacy of X Factor.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Jesy. You are originally from London?

Jesy Nelson: I am from London, yes.
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Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira really can do it all being a model, singer, actress and songwriter. She started singing at age 15 and was signed to a major label by age 17. Her song “Everything is Embarrassing” was named one of the best of 2012 by Spin Magazine and Pitchfork Media among others. This year at age 21 she appeared in Eli Roth’s movie The Green Inferno and released an album Night Time, My Time.

She recently opened for Vampire Weekend and is slated to perform with Miley Cyrus in 2014.

Nunn talked to the multifaceted artist backstage before a recent Chicago show to get to know the petite girl behind the big voice.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Sky. It is freezing outside and you have fans waiting in the cold for you.

Sky Ferreira: I know, it’s pretty crazy.
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Ivy Queen

Puerto Rican songstress Ivy Queen is returning to the Chicago area and this time it’s on a gay club tour.

Originally from a group called The Noise, she quickly went solo with Sony Discos gaining fame in the Latin music world. Ivy released her third album independently entitled Diva then later Flashback, and Sentimiento winning Gold and Platinum Record status. Her seventh studio album Drama Queen yielded the top ten single “La Vida es Asi.” She made her acting debut in 2012 in the The Vagina Monologues in Miami.

Conquering 12 cities in three weeks, we caught up to the busy diva gearing up for her arrival at Circuit Nightclub.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hola, Ivy!

IQ: (Ivy Queen) Hola, how are you? You want to do the interview in spanglish?

JN: Claro, I mean sure. I saw your performance with La India at the Congress last year.

IQ: Did you enjoy it?

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