4 EVA YOUNG Superstar DJ Tracy Young Unveils
Her T-Shirt and Gift Line
By Will Baker and GT Angelo
For two decades, superstar DJ/producer Tracy Young has delivered
empowering energy through dance music; spinning the hottest
tracks, concocting the fiercest beats, and headlining the globes
largest, most exciting events. Now she brings that youthful
exuberance to retail stores, with her first ever T-shirt and
gift collection, Ferosh Wear. The line features tees, buttons
and even back packs with inspiring slogans like "4Ever Young"
and "NY Says I Do".
"I was drawn to club music for its positive energy," said Tracy
Young from her Manhattan recording studio. "The dance floor is a
playground for adults. It allows fans to release the problems of
their everyday reality and rediscover their carefree youth."
Local fans can experience Tracyís kinetic beats this Sunday,
when she plays The Manor in Fort Lauderdale.
"I wanted my new tee and gift line to reflect that same energy,"
continued Young. "The 4Ever Young slogan is meant to inspire
people to hold fast to the passion and dreams they had growing
up. In the end, itís so important we all remain kids at heart."
Itís been a long, winding road from underground cause cťlŤbre to
mainstream celebrity for the spunky Young. She launched her
career in 1991 as hip-hop radio DJ. "I love all kinds of music.
Growing up in a divorced household, I always took comfort in
At the time, Young had no idea of the heights to which she would
rise. "If you told me ten years later Iíd be DJ-ing Madonnaís
wedding, Iíd say you were crazy!" she laughs. But even from its
earliest stages, Youngís musical prowess made people take
notice, and it wasnít 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 Miami 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
In Miami, 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 wasnít just the gay community that was drawn by Youngís
magnetic musical pull; celebrities from Cher to Sean Combs fell
under her spell, inviting the disc jockess to spin their
exclusive private parties to exclusive A-List invitees. Once
Madonna coroneted 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
over 40 #1 Club Play hits with remixes for Christina Aguilera,
Shakira, and Enrique Iglesias. Thirteen of the #1s were Madonna
tracks including "Music" and "Hung Up".
Through it all, Young has always been humble, focusing on her
career and the ever-growing roster of releases on her Ferosh
record label rather than her own burgeoning celebrity. So when
the mainstream media took notice of Youngís working relationship
with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak and insinuated
it wasnít limited to the confines of the recording studio, Young
found herself in an unexpected spotlight, bandied about in
gossip magazines and even during the morning coffee klatch of
"Iím really proud of the work I did on Kimís single 'Tardy for
the Party," she says with a shrug to the drama.
The housewifeís life isnít for Youngóit never has been. She is,
however, a strong advocate of gay marriage. She created her "NY
Says I Do" tees two days after the announcement of the gay
marriage bill passing in New York. Today, the tees are the
biggest sellers in the Ferosh Wear collection.
With a book in the works about her 20 year-career in the DJ
booth, longstanding working relationships with Macy Gray, Maya,
and the Kardashians, and her new t-shirt and gift business,
Young is proving she is more than the girl behind the DJ booth.
"Music has always been the foundation of my work," she confirms.
"But there are so many mediums for me to express myself, and I
want to take advantage of them all."