While 25-year-old New York dance diva Wynter Gordon’s career is only just beginning, she’s already forged strong Antipodean connections.
Australia was the first country to make her debut single Dirty Talk a hit, the song shooting to number one at the start of the year.
She’s also worked with Australians the Nervo twins and Nick Littlemore on her forthcoming debut album, With The Music I Die.
Gordon will solidify her Aussie connections this week by jetting into the country for Mardi Gras, with her song Pride (It Gets Better) announced as the festival’s official anthem.
“I just found that out about five minutes ago, and I’m pretty stoked,” she told the Star Observer down the line from a New York studio, where she was working on a new, Nervo-penned collaboration with DJ Laidback Luke.
“I wrote the song two years ago, and it wasn’t meant specifically as a gay anthem, but I’m glad it’s resonating with the gay community. I didn’t write it as a gimmick — it just happens to really fit the bill.”
With its upfront, sexual lyrics, Dirty Talk also resonated with the gay community, becoming the party-starting track of the summer.
Surprisingly, Gordon said she didn’t celebrate when she got the news Australia had given her her first ever number one hit.
“I remember feeling very surprised. I didn’t believe it — I had to go to iTunes just to check it out. But I really had no time to celebrate. Celebrating for me is opening a bottle of rice milk and reading Harry Potter, because I’m usually partying in a club every night — that’s my job.
“But I was so happy to maintain [the number one position] for three weeks — I saw Britney coming in there one week but I maintained the top spot.”
The Star Observer let Gordon know her reign at the top of the charts was usurped by Rihanna’s similarly forthright hit S&M, making for a very sexed-up summer for Australian pop fans.
“That doesn’t say anything about me or Rihanna, that says something about Australia. You guys are dirty!” she laughed.
In the midst of putting the finishing touches on her album, Gordon said she was unsure of what her Mardi Gras commitments entailed.
“I’ll be at the party, I’m performing, and if people want me to be in the parade I’ll do that too,” she said.
During her last Australian visit, Gordon appeared at the Stereosonic festival memorably (under)dressed in a very ’80s-era-Madonna bra and pants combo. She promised to bring her A-game, fashion-wise, for Mardi Gras.
“I’m about to go to my favourite store in downtown New York — I’m not going to tell you because it’s my little secret, I don’t want anyone else to know about it — and find some Mardi Gras outfits. Trust me, they’ll put everyone to shame.”
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