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MULTIPLE TOP-TEN BILLBOARD RECORDING ARTIST KENDRA ERIKA LAUNCHES SELF CONTROL TOUR CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF HER HEROINE 80’S POP ARTIST LAURA BRANIGAN
Pop singer Kendra Erika’s hot new single gives props to her musical heroine Laura Branigan. Erika’s version of Branigan’s 80’s dance hit, “Self Control,” offers a futuristic new age nuance to the dance classic. The single, produced by Grammy Award winning producer Damon Sharp, celebrates the 25th anniversary of Branigan’s original club favorite. As of December 21, 2018 Erika’s remake is #10 on the Billboard Dance Chart.
“Laura’s original was a trailblazer in its time,” says Erika. “It was important to Damon and me that our version stand out from the deep house, dance music of today. We wanted a record that belonged to the next decade and beyond.”
Since it’s release Kendra Erika’s version has certainly resonated with audiences. “Self Control” is currently climbing the Billboard Dance Charts. It’s available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and all other major retailers, as well as through streaming on Pandora and Spotify. Along with the single is a complete remix package of the song, including exclusive productions by Ralphi Rosario, Moto Blanco, and Dirty Werk.
Branigan’s “Self Control” famously encouraged listeners to slip into the alluring world of nightlife. As a pop artist who got her start in clubs, its message is significant to Kendra Erika. “I connect with the song’s vibe. I also believe today’s clubbers can take a lesson from the song.”
“I see too many people on the dance floor buried in their devices,” she explains. “They’re so involved with what’s going on outside the club, they forget to enjoy the moment they are in. They would be wise to heed Laura’s advice and ‘live among the creatures of the night.’”
Laura Branigan’s “Self Control” released in 1984. It peaked at no. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and climbed to no. 2 on the dance chart. Erika would love to see that type of success for her own remake.
Self Control has become one of the defining songs of the 1980s and has received a number of recorded remakes over the years. Notable covers include Ricky Martin’s in 1993 and a hit dance remake by Branigan herself in 2004, the same year of her death from an undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm.
“Its crazy to think that Laura Branigan is gone,” reflects Kendra Erika. “However, her spirit lives on as twenty-five years later, her music still lights up dance floors all over the world.”
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About Kendra Erika
Kendra Erika is a South Florida native singer/songwriter. Trained in classical and jazz, she draws inspiration from artists like Lana Del Rey, Solange, Ellie Goulding, London Grammar, and Laura Branigan. Among her most popular club music singles are “Oasis,” a song that peaked at no. 9 on Billboard’s Dance Club chart in 2016 and “Under My Skin,” a song that climbed to the no. 6 position in 2017. Both were co-written and produced by Damon Sharpe.
Kendra Erika’s “Self Control” and its remixes are available now. To learn more about Kendra Erika, visit KendraErika.com.
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