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Debbie Gibson 3

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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Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton may be the youngest Braxton sister but she is exploding in a big way with a five octave range. Her hit album Love and War on Epic records recently received three Grammy nominations. She released a Christmas album Winter Loversland this past holiday season.

Reality shows have taken brought her into the spotlight one with her husband Vincent Herbert and with the entire Braxton family.

Braxton Family Values just completed season three following the lives of Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar along with their mother Evelyn through the good and bad times. Recent subjects have included Toni finishing up an album Love Marriage & Divorce with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Towanda celebrating a birthday, Trina facing marital problems and Tamar taking care of her newborn son Logan. Braxton opens up a bit on the phone about her new experiences at home, her fans the Tamartians, and life on the road.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Tamar. How are you?

Tamar Braxton: I’m excellent.

JN: We talked as a group interview with Toni and Trina when Braxton Family Values first aired. How have you been and did you ever think it would lead to all of this?
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Courtney Act

Hailing from the brand new season of Logo’s hit television show RuPaul’s Drag Race Shane Jenek is now transformed into the female illusionist Courtney Act. The girl from Down Under moved to West Hollywood to a career that was launched thanks to Australian Idol. Act uses those pipes in her new song “To Russia With Love.”

Act opened for Gaga on her Australian tour and sang at her birthday party. Bette Midler called Courtney a “sensation.” Act played the role of Angel in RENT the musical and became the face of Sheer Cover makeup in past years.

Watch this blonde bombshell take over season six this spring on the Drag Race and we skyped Shane in Sydney to get the scoop on what makes him a winning Act.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Courtney. Is this your first time in Chicago?

CA: (Courtney Act) I spent a day in Chicago in 2010. When I flew into America I flew from London to Chicago. I was there for one night before going to Columbus and I chose to go to the Oprah gift store. I bought a pair of purple and gold Louis Vuitton sandals that had been worn by Oprah herself.

That is the beginning and end of my Chicago experience so I am looking forward to experiencing more.
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Natalia Kills 2

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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