Toni is a brilliant artist. Her first album was released in 1988 and since then she deeply touched the music’s world and as a consequence she touched also the world’s music. As a matter of facts this is a pop song mix with world music that reveals her with her song “Stop Your Fussin' ". Her Co-workers are David Tickle who produced the album with the help of David Ricketts. This opus includes moving songs such as “Walk and talk like angels ", “Dreamer” and the amazing fusion with African voices on “Zimbabwe ", a complete success! The album ends with an unbelievable song: "Where's the Ocean» where Toni’s voice is wonderful once again. See the live video of " Stop your Fussin' "
In 1990 she released a second opus, with the eponymous title which appears on the B.O. of the movie “Thelma and Louise ", "House of Hope". A beat reggae with Stewart Copeland at the drums (at this point everybody was putting their own personal touch to her creations))! The inspiration of this second album is darker than the first one and revealed another side of Toni's personality. Songs like "I want to walk with you", "I've got to go now" and "The dead are dancing" are examples of amazing songs which delight our ears. But this album will not be sold as well as the first one and A&M record did not sign for a new contract. It’s with Geffen, sadly for her, that she signed for her last album for the decade in 1994 (Geffen sued Neil Young for not creating enough commercials records during the 80’s decade, and was nasty to Joni Mitchell for problems of profitability, etc.).
"The woman's boat" released in 1994 is a hymn of life, and is dedicated specially to women (The picture of the album represents an opened pomegranate, a symbol of fertility). Sounds are more pop than ever. She coproduced this album with David Botrill, sound’s engineer of Peter Gabriel. Guest star of this brilliant album: the guitarist of the group King Crimson, Robert Fripp. Peter Gabriel sang in duet for the title "I met a man". It’s also her first meeting with the founder of the label "Real World Records". This amazing song which praises the femininity will not be a commercial success and it is very sad! The music embraces the text and the major songs are compositions and interpretations of superior quality: "Womb / Welcome to the world”, "Sacrifice", “Lay down your pain" --> See Video
Then Tony fell seriously ill and retired from show business to "save her skin '. A retreat in Hawaii allows her to re-emerge from the ashes. Almost a decade has passed since 1997 when she had to stop touring.
In 2008, she released a new album with a more contemporary sound (pop-rock): "Keep the Faith". This album includes the song she had produced in 2003, "Because you’re Beautiful" for which she received an Emmy award. Here too we can listen to amazing new songs such as the brilliant "When All Is Said And Done" and the single "One Life". It is also during 2008 that I met her in Paris. And since then we keep in touch regularly.
That woman has in herself an amazing resurgence power! What can I say except go listen to all her albums, and then buy them! Her voice is one of a kind, her inspiration is unique! The next album that will be released in 2012 is currently being recorded in Victoria in Canada. It is called "Citizen of the Planet". You can listen to a very promising sample on the link below. What is changing in this project? EVERYTHING. She is not signed by a label or a publisher. Completely autonomous, Toni may prefigure what will be the artist of tomorrow. It's me, you, us, who will furnish the funds for her album and world tour (14 countries including France are programmed) by pre-buying her album. The price is not one that is current in the market. It is higher, but helping an artist of that level makes you sure to share an effort that will be a success!
Another major event related to Toni is the project “Wrap the world in Beauty”.
It's about unique events across the world that will bring together different artists, photographers, painters, musicians. For this first year, the theme will be the woman throughout the world.
I also created a blog dedicated to Toni Childs.
To go to her website, just click here