Ari Gold

Ari Gold

Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Ari Gold was discovered while singing at his brother's bar-mitzvah at the age of five. Along with brothers Steven and Elon, he was awarded top prize at the First Annual Jewish Children's Song Festival. It was then that Ari landed his earliest job as a professional singer and actor, performing the lead role on the CBS Children's recording Pot Belly Bear: Song and Stories. Auspiciously for Ari, the album went platinum and led to his successful career as a child vocalist. Ari went on to sing over 400 jingles, provide various voices for Cabbage Patch Kids and cult-favorite Jem and the Holograms, and perform back-up vocals for Diana Ross.

After graduating from Yeshiva High School in Manhattan, Ari studied at Yale and received his BA from New York University. Living in one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world, Ari took full advantage of his surroundings and began performing his own original music at NYC hotspots Joe's Pub, China Club, and CBGB's. All the while, Ari was busy recording the material that would soon become his self-titled 2001 debut CD. His debut anticipated pop music's move to a more R&B sound and included something that was unprecedented in that genre: explicit love songs sung by a man to another man. That album won Ari the 2002 Outmusic Award for Outstanding Debut Recording. His debut also caught the attention of legendary tunesmith Desmond Child (Ricky Martin, Cher, Aerosmith, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken) and their first collaboration "I'm All About You" (Island Universal) debuted on the top 20 UK pop charts, becoming a top 10 dance hit. Co-written and produced with UK garage sensations DJ Luck and MC Neat, the song blended the sounds of R&B, pop and two-Step, an underground sound that was just then breaking in the UK

Ari released his sophomore CD, Space Under Sun on his own label, Gold18 Records, to critical praise. His appearance in the groundbreaking and highly-rated VH-1 special My Coolest Years: In The Closet solidified Ari's status as an emerging gay icon. Ari's "Wave Of You" music video was also featured on VH-1's Totally Gayer.