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Toni Childs

Having had a pretty dark childhood, Toni Childs, born in Orange, California, faced one of two options: a descent into violence, or a journey of self-discovery. Thankfully, she opted for the latter and an extraordinary talent was born. The voyage saw Childs live in London, for a while writing lyrics for a Nigerian band. Returning to L.A., she fronted Berlin before backing David + David on their 1986 masterpiece, Boomtown. Together with producer David Tickle, she began work on what became her debut, Union, which in turn took her to Paris and Swaziland during its production. Issued to critical acclaim in 1988, Union's nine tracks are nothing less than articulated craftsmanship, fusing drum programs, synth layers, ethnic percussion, dashes of guitar, and even cellos. Somehow, the overall sound was viable enough for radio, with "Don't Walk Away" becoming a minor hit in America and the U.K. But it was Australia that immediately picked on the sumptuous world-c*m-mainstream music; the African rhythms translating well for an Oceanic audience. For her next album, Childs kept the ingredients almost identical. Even so, House of Hope fell short of the expectations set by Union. The best tracks are the first three: "I've Got to Go Now," "Next to You," and the title song, which ended up on the soundtrack for Thelma & Louise. As a predominately "album artist," Childs attracted many respected musicians with her big and tortured voice. In 1994, Peter Gabriel invited her to his Real World community in England, where much of The Woman's Boat was laid down. This work also included performances from Robert Fripp and Karl Wallinger. The Woman's Boat is a concept album based on the cycle of life; thus beginning with "WOMB" and ending with "DEATH." A fourth album was due in 1996 but has never materialized. After a 14-year wait, her next album, the aptly titled Keep the Faith, was released in 2008. ~ Kelvin Hayes
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Keep The Faith

1. Keep The Faith

2. I Saw God In The Supermarket

3. I'm Standing Here

4. One Life

5. Blind

6. Heart That Matters

7. Dream That We Dream Of

8. Mama's In The Kitchen

9. Revolution

10. When All Is Said And Done

11. Because You're Beautiful

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Track List: The Woman's Boat

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Track List: House of Hope

1. I've Got To Go Now

2. Next To You

3. House of Hope

4. Daddy's Song

5. Heaven's Gate

6. The Dead Are Dancing

7. I Want To Walk With You

8. Where's The Light

9. Put The Fire Out

10. Three Days

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Track List: Union

1. Don't Walk Away

2. Walk And Talk With The Angels

3. Stop Your Fussin'

4. Dreamer

5. Let The Rain Come Down

6. Zimbabwe

7. Hush

8. Tin Drum

9. Where's The Ocean

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Absolutely loved Toni on stage and live. House of Hope tour concert in Newcastle Australia was just amazing and most emotional concert experience I have ever had.
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saw her in cleveland, met her in the Mall in person, she put on a great show later that night.. She's better live!!!
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Loved her music back then and have a greater appreciation for her music today to bad they don't play more like this today I would probably listen to the radio
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Watching the Lion King with my grand son recently reminded me of the African drums and rhythms from the Union cassette I used to play repeatedly back in the early nineties - it was my favourite road trip album. So I was lucky to grab a 2 CD greatest hits from a local op shop and re live all the vibes from 20 years ago. Even my 26 year old son is amazed how fantastic Toni Childs sounds.
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miss u
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a fan
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ecblaney
What a powerhouse voice, spirit, woman. Toni, keep on making your music. It's fabulous.... . ! ! ! !
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yostmama0
found her music while on vacation in Montana at fifteen, loved her since! What an amazing voice and awesome lyrics
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loui9
loved her since UNION and still do 20 tears later.
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After hearing "don't walk away" and "where is the ocean?" imoved to the coast where I am today...18 years later. More Toni is needed!
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I could listen to Where's the Ocean over and over and over and over. Love it!
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she speaks to my soul I have loved her from day one when I heard her songs for the first time
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I love her and she speaks to my soul

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