Erika Jayne

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Erika Jayne
Born (1971-07-10) July 10, 1971 (age 44)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Other names Erika Girardi
Education North Atlanta High School for the Performing Arts
  • Singer-songwriter
  • dancer
  • television personality
Years active 2007–present
Television The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spouse(s) Thomas Girardi (m. 1999-present)
Children 1
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
  • EJ
  • RM
  • Pretty Mess
Associated acts

Erika Jayne (born July 10, 1971)[1] also known by her married name Erika Girardi, is an American singer-songwriter, dancer and television personality. Since 2007, she's had a total of eight number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. In 2015, she was cast in the sixth season of the reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Early life[edit]

Jayne attended North Atlanta High School for the Performing Arts. She was raised in Atlanta by her single mother, a classically-trained pianist. At 18, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a singer and performer.[2]


Jayne's first dance music single "Rollercoaster" 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.[3] 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.[4] She released three different music video versions of "Give You Everything". The music videos were directed by feature film director Marty Thomas.[5] 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.[6] 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".[7] 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.[8] She has a new album in the works through a joint venture with Pretty Mess Records and New Nation Live label, distributed by Universal.

In 2015, she joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for the show's sixth season.

Public image[edit]

She has been named a dance-pop diva and dance sensation by the public.[9] 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."[10] She has appeared on several magazine editorials and front covers, including Billboard, LGBT Weekly and VanityHype.

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.[11] She often performs at LGBT events and festivals. Jayne has received praise for her stage presence and voice during live performances.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Jayne is married to Thomas Girardi, a founding partner of Girardi & Keese in downtown Los Angeles.[13] [14] They live in a 5-acre 1920s Pasadena mansion co-architected by Myron Hunt. With the help of interior decorator Joan Behnke, the estate has a feeling of old Hollywood glamour, making it seem like “Jean Harlow could descend down the staircase at any moment.” [15]


Studio albums[edit]

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 "Rollercoaster" 1 Pretty Mess
2008 "Stars" 1
2009 "Give You Everything" 1
2010 "Pretty Mess" 1
"One Hot Pleasure" 1 TBA
2011 "Party People (Ignite the World)" 1
2013 "Get it Tonight"
(featuring Flo Rida)
2014 "PAINKILLR" 1
2015 "Crazy"
(featuring Maino)

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

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 Show Role Notes
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Main role; 8 episodes
2015 Fashion News Live Herself Episode: "#21.3"
Hollywood Today Live Herself Episode: " Jodie Sweetin, Erika Jayne, Cas Anvar"
2016 Watch What Happens: Live! Herself Episode: "Erika Girardi Plays 'Erika Jayne, Can You Explain?'"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Agard, Chancellor (December 15, 2015). "Newest Beverly Hills Housewives Erika Girardi Teases Run-In with Bethenny Frankel: She 'Kind of Let Me Have It'". People. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Erika Girardi Biography". Bravo. Bravo TV. 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ " Erika Jayne: Pretty Mess: Music". Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "» EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Erika Jayne - Celebrity VIP Lounge". Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Hot Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 28, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Erika Jayne Debuts Music Video For Crazy". WetPaint. March 12, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ Meet new Real Housewife Dance-pop Diva Erika Jayne Daily Mail. January 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Erika Jayne Interview Chicago Go Pride. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  11. ^
  12. ^ 5 Things to Know About Erika Jayne She Knows. January 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Chen, Joyce (August 8, 2015). "Erika Jayne Joins Cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for Season 6". Us Weekly. 
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  16. ^ "Erika Jayne Album & Song Chart History - Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Dance Club Songs – Week-ending January 26, 2008". Billboard. January 26, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Dance Club Songs – Week-ending August 08, 2009". Billboard. August 8, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 

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