Making music is Childs play
THERE are few voices more recognisable in the music world than American-born vocalist Toni Childs, and she will perform a special show at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club as part of her national You're Beautiful tour.
Born in California in the 1950s, Toni grew up in a religious household where pop and rock music were banned. At age 15 she ran away to become a blues musician.
However it was after seeing a Pink Floyd concert in 1972 that Toni was inspired to pursue a musical career, and what a career it became.
After playing with several bands during the 1970s and early 80s, she shot to fame with her debut solo album in 1988.
Since then she has released four studio albums (three of which have gone platinum), appeared on many film soundtracks and picked up various awards including an Emmy for the hit 2004 single Because You're Beautiful.
This year Toni has been hard at work on her upcoming new album, Citizens of the Planet, which has been completely funded by donations from her fans.
The album is in the final stages of mastering and mixing and is expected to be released early next year.
Aside from promoting the new album, she said the You're Beautiful tour was about thanking her fans for helping to make the new album a reality.
"This tour will be a special thank- you to all those who have so willingly supported me to manifest a vision that dispels fear and brings us all together as citizens of this beautiful planet," Toni said.
On Saturday, September 7, the tour will drop in to the Clarence Valley where Toni will perform at the South Grafton Ex Services Club.
Along with a selection of tracks from the new album, audiences at the South Grafton show can expect to hear many of Toni's r'n'b- inspired classics including You Are Beautiful, Zimbabwe, Don't Walk Away and Many Rivers to Cross - all delivered with Toni's renowned power vocals.
Toni Childs concert
Catch Toni Childs at the South Grafton Ex-Services Club on Friday, September 7.
Tickets are $40 for members, $45 for non-members, available from the venue.
Tickets are limited to 400, so be quick.
For more morning information, call the club on 6642 1422.