Pioneering out artist Ari Gold died in New York City just days after his 47th birthday.
Gold was “discovered” when he was only five years old singing at his brother’s Bar Mitzvah. Since that time he has appeared in hundreds of television commercials as a child and later launched a singing career.
In 2019 Gold was diagnosed cancer-free after months of treatment and hospital visits.
When the LGBTQ+ based network LOGO featured a music video show, Gold’s music was among the rotation of videos. His video for “Wave of You” was reportedly the first video to air on the network.
Gold’s television appearances include documentaries, “NewNowNext Music”, “Sheftik Presents Invocation: The Journey Continues”, the George Michael tribute viedo of “Too Funky”, “Vega411”, the child voice in “The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus”, Ba Nee in “Jem”, the Trash Popstar in “Latin Boys Go to Hell”, “The Olive Tree”, Tyrone Cohen in “Starrbooty”, and “Mila Jam: bruised”.
His music has appeared on “Latin Boys Go to Hell”, “Circuit”, “Shortbus”, “Courgar Town”, “Bear City”, and “Eating Out: The Open Weekend”.
Over the course of his career Gold was knighted by a drag queen of the Imperial Court of NY, was crowned a Living Legend by the Glam Awards, named a Visionary Award winner by the LGBT Academy of Recording Artists, is an Independent Music Award winner, and is a USA Songwriting Competition Grand Prize winner.
He has collaborated with the original Queen of Drag RuPaul, Boy George of Culture Club, “The Voice” alum Sasha Allen, Desmond Child, Sarah Dash of Labelle, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, and sax man Dave Koz.
He has opened shows for Martha Wash and Chaka Khan.
Tommy Page and Kevin Aviance have recorded songs written by Gold.
He has had hits with the songs “Wave of You”, “Love Will Take Over”, and “Where the Music Takes You”.
Along with numerous appearances in his native New York City, Gold has graced stages all over the world.
Ever the entertainer, Gold launched the podcast “A Kiki from the Cancer Ward” which included conversations with Laverne Cox and RuPaul.
He is survived by family members.
Ari Gold discography:
“Space Under the Sun”
“Play My F**kin Music”
“Between the Spirit & the Flesh”
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