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									Gloria Gaynor/biography

“I Will Survive” was recorded in 1978, as Gloria Gaynor’s tale of personal strength
and was soon to become the greatest disco anthem of all time. (Gloria was in a
back brace when this song was recorded!) In 1979, “I Will Survive” climbed to the
top of Billboard’s Pop Charts and claimed the #1 position on two different
occasions. Little did Gloria know, the song would grow into the banner for social
survival which is still relevant after three decades of international airplay. This year
marks the 30th Anniversary of the song which itself has survived in various forms and
has been re-recorded over 200 times by various artists such as Gladys Knight,
Chantay Moore, Diana Ross and Cake.

She was only 19 when she signed her first record contract with Columbia Records,
and in 1975, Gloria made history when Billboard gave birth to the „Disco Action
Charts.‟ Gaynor‟s version of “Never Can Say Good-Bye” became the first Dance
Song to reach #1 status in dance music, in 1980, “I Will Survive” won the Grammy for
Best Disco Song and, in 1984, Gloria recorded “I Am What I Am,” which reached the
Top 10 on Billboard‟s Dance Disco Hits.

Now, more than 30 years later, Gloria continues to set the standard, and her
popularity continues to flourish into the new millennium. In March of 2001, "Just Keep
Thinkin‟ About You," topped the Billboard Dance/Club Charts at #1, while Gloria‟s
international hit "Last Night" with Giorgio Moroder debuted at #1 throughout
Europe. Gaynor was also the first artist to record an album especially for clubs, and
the first to do a mega-extended dance medley party mix, releasing 12" dance
singles that are now high-end collector‟s items.

In 2002, Logic Records/BMG released the highly anticipated U.S. LP entitled "I Wish
You Love." That was her first worldwide release in 15 years. It gave birth to 4 #1
dance singles on Billboard’s Dance Charts and "I Never Knew" (radio version) made
the top ten on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Charts. She also recorded a new
version of "I Will Survive" in Spanglish, recorded live in Brazil. During the same year,
she was honored at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo with the coveted
LEGEND award presented by long time fan Prince Albert and was the featured artist
in the Tom Ford Tribute hosted by Tom and Rita Hanks. Gaynor made a splash on
Broadway in the longest running musical revue, "Smokey Joe‟s Café," and on
national TV, as a guest star on such popular programs as "That „70‟s Show," "Ally
McBeal," "The Wayans Brothers‟ Show," "Don‟t Forget The Lyrics," and more,
introducing her to a whole new generation of fans.

Live concerts are an integral part of Gloria Gaynor. She has touched audiences in
more than 80 countries with her electrifying performances. On September 19, 2005
Gloria, along with her hit song "I Will Survive" were inducted into the Dance Music
Hall of Fame during a ceremony that took place in New York City. "I Will Survive," has
been featured on the soundtrack of more than a half dozen major motion picture
releases, and VH-1 honored Ms. Gaynor with the number one spot during their
countdown of the Top 100 Dance Records of All Time. Most recently, Gaynor
traveled to Nashville to record a gospel version of “I Will Survive” entitled, “He Gave
Me Life, I Will Survive.”

In between Gloria‟s busy touring and personal appearance schedule, she
managed to pen an autobiography, appropriately entitled, “I Will Survive” (St.
Martin‟s Press) which offers the reader a revealing incite into the artist‟s exciting yet
somewhat turbulent life. Additionally, Ms. Gaynor lends her support to numerous
charities including the Susan G. Comen Breast Cancer Foundation (North Jersey
Affiliate), the Hellenic Times Foundation, The Revlon Walk For Women and the
Christian Broadcasting Network. Ms. Gaynor is a member of the United Cerebral
Palsy Hudson County Board of Directors, financially supports Save the Children,
sponsors three children through the Christian Children's Fund, is a Chairholder for the
New Jersey Crime Victims' Law Center, was 2008 Honorary Chair for the New York
Diabetes Association and supports Denise Rich's Angel Ball, a foundation for
Melanoma research.

More recently, Gaynor participated in the Mandela Day Celebration at Radio City
Music Hall where she performed “I Will Survive” and “Oh Happy Day” with the
Soweto Gospel Choir to honor Nelson Mandela‟s 91st birthday. Stevie Wonder,
Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and many other artists also graced the stage. A day
“intended to call on and awaken each person‟s individual power to promote
positive change with small actions,”

Among one of her most prestigious honors, in 2011 Gloria was awarded the Golden
Camera Award in Europe for her Lifetime Achievement in Music.

Says Gaynor, “„I Will Survive,‟ should remind us to be proactive in this world. In trying
times, people are always looking for answers and direction of what to do and where
to go next. So is it really so hard to believe that „I Will Survive‟ has more relevance
now than it did in 1979? Through this song, we can relate to a woman who has
faced the same struggles and summoned the strength to rise above and survive.
When you are knocked down you get back up, shrug off the hit and survive – don‟t
be afraid of the future!”

Gaynor has had an exciting year as she appeared in NBC‟s “Macy‟s Thanksgiving
Day Parade”, “The Last Comic Standing” and an upcoming performance on “The
Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. She was recently honored at the Grammy Museum in
Los Angeles where again she performed several of her hit songs and was
interviewed by Billboard magazine‟s Gail Mitchell about her career, her life and the
ever-changing future of the music industry. This holiday season she will embark on a
Christmas symphony tour in Italy and Croatia and will ring in the New Year 2011 with
a concert celebration in Las Vegas..

Earlier this year Gloria traveled to Nashville to record a gospel song for her forth-
coming Gospel CD entitled, “He Gave Me Life (I Will Survive).” The future holds many
new opportunities as Gloria will launch a new skincare line for women of multi-hued
skin tones called Specific Beauty. She has also inked a new endorsement deal with
Euflexxa®, a new pain reliever prescription for osteoarthritis, a condition in her knees
Gloria has suffered with for nearly 20 years ( She‟s near
completion of college courses needed for her degree in psychology. As Gloria
forges ahead in this next decade, the journey continues to unfold as she tells the
world how she is continuing to survive.


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