Dance-pop singer Kevin Paige
was born October 10, 1966, in Memphis; the youngest of nine children, his father was a radio singer for NBC during the 1940s. After earning consecutive All-State drummer honors in high school, Paige
gigged with a number of local bands, including the Press
, Xavion, and Finger Print before mounting a solo career and signing to Chrysalis in 1989 to release his self-titled debut LP. The album launched a pair of Top 40 singles, "Don't Shut Me Out" and "Anything I Want," and earned him a spot as the opening act on Debbie Gibson
's world tour. Although a second Chrysalis release was not forthcoming, Paige
remained a constant on the Memphis live scene for years to follow.