The world's mega-famous transsexual returns to the dance floor with "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions", her long-awaited double-disc album of remixes and re-edits of classics from her acclaimed debut. Some of the tracks on the new record have been completely overhauled such as the now Giorgio Moroder-inspired Zoned Out update of "Doin' It My Way." A few, including "My Pussy" and "Turn Me Over", have fresh extensions and are even more DJ friendly. Others, like B Ames' legendary vogue ball mix of "My Hair Looks Fierce", were previously available only as a bootleg - until now. Like a cherry to top it all off, there's also a previously unreleased reworking of Marilyn Monroe's "I Wanna Be Loved By You", a song that has become a staple in Amanda Lepore's live shows. "Everyone knows that I love a good makeover," coos Amanda Lepore. "And what could be more fun than to have some of my classics remixed? "...Make Over Sessions" is fun, flirty, funky, a little house-y and very sexy. There is a little something for everybody." "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions" is available on iTunes and all major digital music retailers now.
"Club versions of my songs are important to all of my fans around the world," says Amanda Lepore, an effervescent fixture of New York nightlife. She has remained at the cutting edge of international pop and club culture since the early nineties club kid era. "They can always rely on 'my pussy' to get them in the mood for a night of breaking and re-making rules.
"I especially love the latest mix of "My Hair Looks Fierce", she continues. "It takes one of my most popular songs and gives it a fresh coat of electro polish for the dance floor. Oh, and the extended mix of "Convertible" is a favorite too, because I love Miss MYA and this long version ( Produced by RedTop ), is simply more of an already good thing!"
Amanda Lepore got her start in New York as a dominatrix and a regular member of Michael Alig's clubland circus at Limelight's weekly Disco 2000. Obsessive and inspired plastic surgical procedures ( in rhinoplasty, eyelifts, liquid silicone, and breast implants ) led to Amanda becoming one of the most marketable objects in Manhattan. She has modeled and appeared in international campaigns for Heatherette, M.A.C., Swatch, Smart Car, Perrier, Pop Water, Pameo Pose and Sergio K. She has worked with some the most renowned photographers in the world, including Terry Richardson, Ellen von Unwerth and Pierre et Gilles. Amanda recently walked and performed for Jean-Paul Gautier at this year's Lifeball.
Everybody Loves Amanda! David LaChapelle named Amanda Lepore as his muse, a boutique 'Amanda' parfum was designed by award-winning perfumer Christophe Laudamiel of Les Christophs ( each bottle is covered in over 1000 Swarovski crsytals! ), photographer Victoria Janashvili included Amanda in her coffee table book "Curves", and fashion designer Jason Wu even created three versions of a limited edition Amanda Lepore doll.
And a living doll she is. Literally. Amanda Lepore has no interest in being a real girl. She aims to be the perfect drawing of a girl, a jet-setting, cartoon-like Jessica Rabbit. When David LaChapelle warned her about the dangers of silicone, Amanda famously responded, 'I don't care, as long as I look beautiful in the coffin'.
"There's something kind of profound in that, that she's creating this moment of beauty for herself and is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice," says LaChapelle.
As she does with her image, Amanda takes pains to deliver a striking, unconventional beauty in her music that, in its post-Warholian way, sardonically comments on capitalism and pop culture while wholeheartedly embracing it. Though on the surface, Amanda is singing about trivial topics like champagne, her nails and her privates, it's merely a winky potrayal of a modern day Ann-Margret with the pioneering spirit of a legendary bombshell entertainer. Those who dare to look beyond the cherry lipstick and nipple pasties find a much deeper message.
Currently, Amanda Lepore is in the studio, working on her next album, to be released next year. She is also very busy completing her memoir, to be published by Regan Arts headed by the legendary Judith Regan, in collaboration with Vigliano Associates and Peace Bisquit, this Spring. Amanda's long-awaited autobiography and tell-all is being co-authored with Thomas Flannery, and will feature exclusive photos and imagery chronicling Amanda's illustrious life and career. Due to popular demand, Amanda has also recently created an official Facebook page for admirers to upload and showcase their original Amanda fan art - some of which will be featured in the new book!
The hardest working gal in nightlife shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, Amanda Lepore is now ordained in The State of New York to officiate wedding ceremonies.
For more information, visit AmandaLepore.net and PeaceBisquit.com .