Say “Bye Bye Bye” to just one and plan on being more than “Satisfied” with three Florida-based Grand Marshals for Winterfest® 2022 – Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick
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Kathy Keleher, Winterfest, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 21, 2022) – Parade organizers announced this year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade Grand Marshals during the event’s kickoff celebration. The Winterfest® Launch Party boasted the Parade’s theme “Neon Nightlife Under the Sea” at the Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Justin Wyborn, vice president and assistant general manager of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, announced the three music icons from the 80s, 90s and 2000s who will be co-Grand Marshals; Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, members of the pop group *NSYNC.
Taylor’s career spans three decades from her groundbreaking debut single “Tell It To My Heart” to songs such as “Love Will Lead You Back” “Prove Your Love” and “I’ll Always Love You.” Taylor has sold over 75 million albums and singles worldwide, earned three Grammy nominations, an American Music Award, multiple New York Music Awards, received New York Music Hall of Fame honors and was ranked as the Number 18 Female Dance artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. She is one of the very few artists in musical history to successfully crossover into almost every musical genre and chart with hit singles in Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult contemporary and Rock.
Along with her singing career, she has appeared in film, TV and stage, from Broadway favorites like Elton John’s award-winning production of “Aida,” and Mel Brooks “Archie” and “Mehitable,” to working with legendary composer Jules Styne to reprise the role of Fanny Brice on Broadway. Taylor also appeared in movies including “Love Affair” with Warren Beatty and Annette Benning and co-starred in Denis Leary’s TV drama “Rescue Me”. She also starred in the HBO film “STAG” and co-starred on Showtime’s original series “Rude Awakening” while continuing to record, write and produce her last two studio records “Naked Without You” and “Satisfied,” which gave her the Number 1 “Beautiful” and top 10 chart hit “Unstoppable.”
Taylor first book, a memoir, “Tell It To My Heart” was released in 2019 and was followed by a tour. She is currently in the development of a performance residency series called Dayne’s Den. Each show will feature Taylor alongside a special guest and live band, performing a selection of hits and sharing stories throughout the 70-90 minute event.
Taylor now calls South Florida home, and what better way to welcome her to Fort Lauderdale than have her be a co-Grand Marshal of the “Best Show On H2O.”
Joey first rose to fame as a member of the record-shattering, multi-platinum boyband *NSYNC; but his career as a global pop icon is just the beginning. Over the past decade, he has gone on to find success as an actor, host, Broadway star, voiceover artist, dancer, and media personality with several successful television shows under his belt.
Starting at age seven, Joey starred alongside Robert DeNiro in the feature film “Once Upon a Time in America”. Growing up he was always drawn to entertainment, and at 17 he got a job at Universal Studios Orlando in the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue. It was there that he met another theme park performer, Chris Kirkpatrick, which led to his joining *NSYNC./ Before long they were the hottest act in the U.S., Europe and beyond. They quickly became one of the most iconic pop groups in history.
Following *NSYNC’s incredible success with albums that sold over 10 million copies and countless awards, Joey became a prominent performer and personality in his own right. With projects spanning from television, film and theater, he has done it all. He hosted the popular, long-running show “My Family Recipe Rocks!” on the Live Well Network, which highlights the stories of homegrown cooks and their homemade specialties from around the country. He also hosted the cooking competition show, “Rewrapped” on the Food Network. Expanding on his love of food, in 2016 Joey Fatone opened a food truck in Orlando called Fat One’s, serving hot dogs and Italian ice.
Joey has competed in reality TV shows from ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” to hosting NBC’s hit series “The Singing Bee” and “Celebrity Circus.” Joey’s character cousin Angelo in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (one and two) instantly became a fan favorite.
Other ventures include: hosting the game show “Common Knowledge” and he has recently performed at Epcot with the show “Joey Fatone and Friends” that included Chris Kirkpatrick, Ryan Cabrera, Nathan Morris of BOYZ II MEN, MC Search and more, and he has been doing a music trivia show on YouTube called “What Does Joey Know?” His recent residency in Las Vegas “The Aftr Party” featuring Joey Fatone, Wanya Morris, Nick Carter and AJ McLean was completely sold out.
He is currently filming Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.
Chris moved to Orlando, Florida in 1990 to attend college. While living in Central Florida, he started working at Universal Studios, singing and performing in their theme park doo wop group, the Hollywood Hi Tones.
Kirkpatrick is the founding member of the multi-platinum-selling Grammy-nominated pop group, *NSYNC. In 1995, Chris brought together the members of *NSYNC, who shortly after signed a record deal with BMG Germany and toured all over Europe. Their self-titled album, released in the Spring of 1997, hit number 1 in multiple European countries.
After the success of their debut release in Europe, *NSYNC went on to dominate the Billboard charts in the United States, first releasing their self-titled album on March 24, 1998, which went on to become certified 10x platinum. They followed that up with the 2000 release of “No Strings Attached.” It debuted at #1 with 2.4 million albums sold in one week, which held the record for most album sales in the first day and week for 15 years. “No Strings Attached” was the bestselling album of 2000. The group’s final album, “Celebrity” was released in the summer of 2001. It was their second album to debut at #1 and is certified 5x Platinum.
After their success as a group, several members of *NSYNC started to work on solo projects, Chris created a casual and athletic-wear clothing line, FuMan Skeeto. He was also the lead singer of the rock-pop group, Nigels 11. They released a five-song EP in 2010 entitled, Clandestine Operation.
Kirkpatrick has continued to work in the entertainment industry as a voice over actor in animated shows such as Fairly Odd Parents and Stripperella. In addition, he was a cast member on VH1’s Mission Man Band and the second season of CMT’s Gone Country as well as the film Dead 7.
Kirkpatrick started his own non-profit organization, The Chris Kirkpatrick Foundation. He was inspired to start his own organization to help the lives of underprivileged children in Central Florida.
In 2021, Kirkpatrick participated in ABC‘s A Very Boy Band Holiday with Joey Fatone, Wanya Morris, and other figures from prominent boy bands. During the special, which aired on December 6, 2021, he sang “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and provided his vocals to numerous other holiday classics. In 2022, Kirkpatrick has served as the host of the popular “Pop 2k” tour, featuring performances from Ryan Cabrera, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Brad Fischetti of LFO, and O-Town. He was also a houseguest in the third season of Celebrity Big Brother, and continues to tour and make guest appearances around the US.
Fun Fact: All three Grand Marshals have been on the television show “The Masked Singer” on Fox (Taylor as Popcorn in Season 4, Joey as the Rabbit in Season 1 and Chris as the Hummingbird in Season 8).
“Winterfest is so excited to have these three iconic entertainers perform at the Grand Marshal Reception, and on board the Fifth Third Grand Marshal showboat,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest®, Inc. “The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade will be a floating concert with performances from the start to the finale.”
Other entertainment lined up to perform within the Parade is the TikTok Country Duo TigirLily, Three-Piece Band Kerst Lehmann & Black Tie Optional, Three-Piece Band Ricky Valido & The Hialeah Hillbillies and the Santa Finale with holiday music sponsored by Amazon. The parade will be herald by fireworks sponsored by Kroger Delivery.
Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick will be a part of a private Winterfest® Grand Marshal Reception at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood presented by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, Dec. 9. The evening will include a special performance by violinist Steve Avi, celebrities such as Bravo’s Below Deck Captain Lee as well as a Child Ambassador. The trio will be performing together on stage during the reception, as well as the following night along the 12-mile Parade route as it sails along the New River, Intracoastal, the Parade Public Viewing Area presented by Baptist Health towards Pompano Beach. For more information on the Winterfest® Celebration, how to win tickets to the exclusive Grand Marshal event with iHeart, or to purchase tickets to watch the Parade, visit WinterfestParade.com or call 954-767-0686.