derground to the mainstream, going from clubland cause celebre to mainstream celebrity in the process.
It’s been a long, winding road to the top for the spunky Young, who lauunched her career in 1991 as a hip-hop raido DJ. “I love all kinds of music,” the Wash- ington, D.C. born spinstress states. “Growing up in a divorced household, I always too comfort in it.”
At the time, Young had no idea of the heights to which she would rise. “If you told me 10 years later I’d be DJing Madonna’s wedding, I’d say you were crazy!” she laughst. But even from its earliest stages, Young’s musical prowess made people take notice, and it wasn’t long before she translated her work at Interscope Records to a thriving career in the DJ booth that allowed her to bring her one-of-a-kind funk, hip-hop and old-school blend of beats to the masses on eastern corridor airwaves and cable television.
But soon the sun-drenched shores of Miammi came calling, and with her move came a shift in sound that saw Young injecting her hip-hop roots with the house music thump that emanated from the steamy, celebrity-filled nightclubs that comprised the South Beach scene.
With the assistance of luminaries Ingrid Casares and Chris Paciello, Miami was also where Young carved a niche for herself, both as a female in the traditionally male-dominated stomping grounds of the DJ booth, and as a darling of the thriving gay circuit party scene.
But it wasn’t just the gay community that was drwan by Young’s magnetic musical pull; celebrities from Cher to Sean Combs fell under her spell, inviting the disc jockess to spin their exclusive private parties to A-List invitees.
Once Madonna coronet-ed her as her go-to DJ in 2000, Young became a global electronic music celebrity in demand at nightclubs around the world and a breakout name on the Billboard charts racking up 40 #1 Club Play hits including 13 Madinna remixes as well as imaginative electronic reinventions of songs by Christina Aguilera, Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias.