Erika Girardi

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Erika Girardi (born July 10, 1971), known professionally as Erika Jayne, is an American singer, actress and television personality. She came to prominence with the release of her debut single "Roller Coaster", which topped the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in 2007; it was included on her debut studio album Pretty Mess in 2009. Jayne has attained nine number-one songs on the Dance Club Songs chart as of 2016, most recently "How Many Fucks". In 2015, she was cast in the sixth season of the reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Early life

She was raised in Atlanta by her single mother, a classically trained pianist. Jayne attended North Atlanta High School. She enrolled in a magnet program for the performing arts in high school, saying "That"?s where you really learned to love the stage and really hone your early performing skills. I wouldn"?t trade that experience for anything in the world." At 18, she moved to New York City. She performed as a member of several girl groups while living in New York. Shortly after she got married to her first husband and gave birth to a son. A few years later she moved to Los Angeles alone to pursue her dream of becoming a singer and performer. She met her current and second husband, famed lawyer Thomas Girardi, while waiting tables.


Jayne started her career in the 1990s by appearing in small roles in several film and television productions, including High Incident, Lowball and Alchemy. Staying true to her love of music, Jayne's first dance music single "Roller Coaster" was released on January 1, 2007. The song placed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Jayne's debut album Pretty Mess, was released in the United States on August 11, 2009. Jayne also co-wrote several songs on her album. The other singles from the album were "Stars", "Give You Everything" and "Pretty Mess". The album spawned a total of four US number-one singles. She released three different music video versions of "Give You Everything". The music videos were directed by feature film director Marty Thomas. Jayne supported the release of Pretty Mess with tour dates and appearances at festivals and clubs across the United States. In November 2010, Jayne announced the creation of her own record label, Pretty Mess Records.

In November 2011, she released her No. 1 single "Party People (Ignite the World)". Music critics gave the song positive reviews. In 2012, she recorded "All Things Aside", that was released for the soundtrack to comedy film The Watch starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Her music has also been featured in films, such as The Neighbor, Deal and reality television show Toddlers and Tiaras. In 2013, she released a single featuring American rapper Flo Rida, "Get it Tonight". The music video for the song garnered over three million views on YouTube and was well received by fans. In September 2014, Jayne achieved her seventh number one dance single with "PAINKILLR". The single "Crazy", featuring Maino was released on February 15, 2015. The song was produced by Scott Storch and Mikey Minden served as a music video director. A music video for the song features Jayne dancing in an underground club with an entourage of dancers. She has a new album in the works through a joint venture with Pretty Mess Records and New Nation Live label, distributed by Universal. Jayne released her new single "How Many Fucks" on April 19, 2016.

In 2015, she joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show's sixth season. She soon became a fan favorite on the show and her appearance was well received by the public. It was reported in the summer of 2016, that Jayne is returning for the show's seventh season. In July 2016, she appeared in the science fiction television film Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. In October 2016, Jayne appeared on the Animal Planet series Tanked, in the episode "Real Aquariums of Beverly Hills". On November 7, 2016, Entertainment Weekly broke news that Jayne would guest-star on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, as Farrah Dubose, and would share scenes with her Real Housewives co-star, Eileen Davidson. Jayne performed her latest single "XXpen$ive" for the first time on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on January 4, 2017. Music video for the single was officially released on February 15, 2017. She described the song as "over-the-top, fabulous and fun."? On March 1, 2017, Jayne was revealed as one of the contestants who would compete on season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. She is paired with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko.

Public image

She has been named a dance-pop diva and dance sensation by the public. Described as being "sassy, fun and provocative" when performing on stage, Jayne has said that she originally created the alter ego "Erika Jayne" to keep that stage persona separate from who she really is. She described Erika Jayne as being "a fantasy character", despite being "a real part of me, but not 24 hours a day." She has appeared on several magazine editorials and front covers, including Billboard, LGBT Weekly and Celebrity Page. Jayne's stage performances and travels have also been created into a book by photographer Marco Bollinger. Jayne has received praise for her stage presence and voice during live performances.

Jayne supports LGBT community worldwide and "feels at home with the community". She is considered a gay icon, and the gay community has embraced her as a pop culture icon. She often performs at LGBT events and festivals. She was named "News Ally Entertainer of 2015" at the LGBT Ally Awards in recognition of her ongoing support for the rights and equality of LGBT people around the world.

Jayne names Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe as her style icons. She has also discussed how her mother and grandmother have been a continuing inspiration to her.

Personal life

In 1999, Jayne married attorney Thomas Girardi, a founding partner of Girardi & Keese in downtown Los Angeles. They live in Pasadena. She is good friends with her former The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-star Yolanda Hadid. She also has a Dutch Shepherd dog. "I'm kind of a tomboy. I like to fish. I love to stay outdoors. I'm a big sports fan and go to games," she said during an interview with SheKnows in 2009.


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak
Pretty Mess
  • Released: August 11, 2009
  • Label: E1 Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
""?" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Single Peaks Album
2007 "Roller Coaster" 1 Pretty Mess
"Stars" 1
2009 "Give You Everything" 1
2010 "Pretty Mess" 1
"One Hot Pleasure" 1 rowspan="7"
2011 "Party People (Ignite the World)" 1
2013 "Get It Tonight" (featuring Flo Rida) "?
2014 "PAINKILLR" 1
"You Make Me Wanna Dance" "?
2015 "Crazy" (featuring Maino) 1
2016 "How Many Fucks" 1
2017 "Xxpen$ive" "?

Soundtrack appearances

Year Song Album
2009 "Just a Phase" (Retro Version) The Neighbor (Music from the Motion Picture)
2012 "All Things Aside" The Watch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Year Title Role Notes
1996 High Incident Cindy Butterworth Credited as Erika Chahoy
2015-present The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Main housewife (Season 6-Present)
2016 Tanked Herself "Real Aquariums of Beverly Hills" (Season 11, Episode 3)
The Young and the Restless Farrah Dubose Guest; one episode (December 15, 2016)
2017 Live from the Red Carpet Herself - Countdown Host "The 2017 Grammy Awards" (February 12, 2017)
Dancing with the Stars Herself - Contestant Upcoming 24th Season
1995 Alchemy Kitty Credited as Erica Chahoy
1996 Lowball Kate Credited as Erika Chahoy
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Tech Frances

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
2015 LGBT Ally Awards News Ally Entertainer
2016 The Bravos Awards The Sorry Not Sorry Award The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Best Jumpsuit Achievement
The Real Housewives Awards Secretary of Shade The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Secretary of Interior Design The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

See also

  • List of number-one dance hits (United States)
  • List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart
  • List of number one dance airplay hits (United States)
  • List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. dance airplay chart

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