imageRocker and dance diva Debby Holiday returns to party it up in gay Atlanta and wrap up 2011 with a performance on Friday that kickstarts New Year’s Weekend and a two-night extravaganza at Jungle.

In addition to adding to her string of successful dance singles—she’s had nine tracks in the Top 20 on Billboard Dance Chart.—Holiday has also been acting in a play and film adaption of “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Houswife,” written and directed by her old friend Del Shores, who shot the film in Atlanta.

Along with DJ Wendy Hunt, Holiday brings her full vocals and energetic sound for a set to help wrap up the year with a bang during Friday’s “Last Dance: Flashback to the Future.” DJ Oren Nizri flashes us forward the next night with Saturday’s “NYE 2102: Step into the Future.”

Holiday was excited to talk with us about her upcoming performance in Atlanta and her new film.

It’s been awhile since your last album, but you’ve had some great singles out over the last few years. What else have you been up to?

One of the things I’m the most excited about was being in Atlanta in March for three weeks filming a wonderful movie, “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife,” about domestic abuse and it’s very heavy. The cast is incredible – Octavia Spencer, Dale Dickey, Beth Grant, and David Steen plays the abusive husband. We start the film festival circuit next year, so I am excited beyond belief. It is almost ridiculous how much I love Del Shores. He is so talented. It was so heartbreaking being in that play for three years, but it’s a great story that it’s so important to get that out there.

Del is the reason I’m doing dance music. I was in rock and roll, but he called me up one day and said, “I know you have all this rock and roll, but do you have anything I can give the boys to dance to?” I started digging through my rock songs and I found “Dive,” and I remembered that my rock band at the time said that song wasn’t rock enough, that it was too “dance-y.”

I have a new single coming out with DJ Phil B. called “Never Give Up.” It comes out on Jan. 15 and it’s very positive. Then in the middle of March, a song I wrote with John LePage and Jeff Fedak called “Key to Your Soul” will be released.

What can your fans expect at Jungle on Friday?
It’s going to be a little bit longer than most of the dance gigs, this is going to be five songs. I haven’t performed at the Jungle in a long time, and I like the room a lot. I tend to get a little loud on stage, a little hectic. I like to go down in the crowd – not down on the crowd, make sure you get that right! [Laughs.] I’ve been around Del too much. [Laughs.] There are few things I love more than signing live, so I am looking forward to it.

Are there any attractions you want to catch while you’re here?
I’m bummed because I am not going to be there long enough to visit Little Five Points. I just love that place! I wish I could go there and visit Sevananda and get some great organic food. I am such a hippie. I’m a hippie with curls, as a friend of mine says. I’m getting up the next morning to fly back to Los Angeles so I can perform there on New Year’s Eve. It’ll be great to be at home for the holiday.

What is coming up for you in 2012?
I kind of feel like I’m doing so many things, but some of them aren’t as public, like song writing and placement for TV. I’m working a lot out of my studio to work with other artists and recording other artists. I’m also hoping to squeeze in another rock record by the summer, if I can fit that in.

Anything else you want to cover?
I’m excited for Chris Meloni to join the cast of “True Blood”! That man is just so hot! [Laughs.]

imageBuck Cooke is a freelance writer based in Atlanta and co-chair of the Entertainment Committee for Atlanta Pride. He comes armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for arts and entertainment, scouring the landscape for treasures in music, TV, books and cinema.