Toni Smith

Real Name:
Thomassina Carrollyne Smith
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Tonni was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and began singing when she was six years old. At the age of 12 she began singing professionally with her first band known as the “Lindell Experience.” After growing restless she decided to work with an additional band known as “Bronkz” where she had her first shot at writing lyrics and creating a demo. Working between both bands helped mold her to be the artist she is today.

When Tonni reached her eighteenth year, she left home to pursue her music career full force - she joined the oldies group called the Chrystals with one of the original members, De De Keninbrew. This experience allowed her the opportunity to perform at many theatres in Los Angeles, such as the Ampi-theatre and the Shrine Auditorium - and even open for headline acts for various Dick Clark productions. Shortly thereafter, Tonni met Tom Browne and soon she began to introduce Tom to some of her original material which he took a positive interest in. “Tom asked me if I had any ideas for a tune he was working on -- and that song is now known as the famous “Funkin’ For Jamaica.” Co-written by Tonni and released on Arista/GRP Records, “Funkin’ For Jamaica” was number one for five weeks straight. She also co-wrote “Thighs High” which went Gold and “Let’s Dance” on the follow up album "Magic" and "Jam Fo’ Real".

Tonni has done pre-production vocals for Stephanie Mills and Meli’sa Morgan. She has also done session work for the Fat Boys, James Ingram and Gavin Christopher and recorded with the late Keith Diamond who wrote for Billy Ocean. More recent projects include Velour recording group “Lettuce,” Donald Blackman, and jazz artist Dave Koz. Tonni is regularly called upon by the Rhythm Syndicate producer/writer-duo Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken. Additionally, Tonni recorded vocals for metal funk bassist T.M. Stevens, keyboardist Bob Baldwin and former member of Unlimited Touch, Lenny Underwood.

Her voice can also be heard on several jingles for various television commercials. Tonni’s credentials not only consist of a singer and songwriter, but also an arranger, vocal producer and a musician -- she is a self taught pianist. Her arranging skills are exemplified on her original creations that she shared with her fans at Joe’s Pub this summer -- a compilation of songs that she put together for her solo CD project which features live cuts of various performances.

Tonni recorded a single entitled “Rejoice!” written and produced by Dewey Cioffi of Divadownentertaiment, which was released on Soundmen on Wax records in 2003. She has also recorded a follow-up single entitled "One Love" due out this Spring on the same label and another Diva Anthem entitled "Too Many Nights" that is currently being remixed in England by Lee Hesler. She is ready to work her new material on the club circuit .
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Singles & EPs

Toni Smith - (Oo) I Like The Way It Feels album art Toni Smith (Oo) I Like The Way It Feels (Single) Embassy Records (2) US 1983 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - Can't Stop (This Feelin') album art Toni Smith Can't Stop (This Feelin') Mega Records (5) UK 1986 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - Jazz It Up album art Kool Chip Featuring Toni Smith Kool Chip Featuring Toni Smith - Jazz It Up 4th & Broadway, Island Trading Co. US 1987 Sell This Version
SOW-471US Toni Smith - Rejoice album art TriSpirit Featuring Tonni Smith* TriSpirit Featuring Tonni Smith* - Rejoice(12") Soundmen On Wax SOW-471US US 2003 Sell This Version
FUNKLAPLANET 017 Toni Smith - Summertime album art Funk La Planet All Stars Featuring Toni Smith Funk La Planet All Stars Featuring Toni Smith - Summertime(12") Funk La Planet FUNKLAPLANET 017 US 2007 Sell This Version

Compilations

SOS 030 Toni Smith - Soul On Sound Magazine No.30 album art Various / Slave / Toni Smith / Paul Hardcastle & Steve Walsh (2) Various / Slave / Toni Smith / Paul Hardcastle & Steve Walsh (2) - Soul On Sound Magazine No.30(Cass, Comp, P/Mixed, Smplr) Soul On Sound SOS 030 UK 1984 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

RSNI019D Toni Smith - One Love album art Soulstar Syndicate, Toni Smith Soulstar Syndicate, Toni Smith - One Love(3xFile, MP3) Raisani Records RSNI019D Europe 2011

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