Real Name:
Thomassina Carrollyne Smith
Profile:
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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Toni Smith - Love Approach album art Tom Browne Martha and 1 more… Tom Browne - Love Approach (Album) Arista GRP US 1980 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - Magic album art Tom Browne I Know and 4 more… Tom Browne - Magic (Album) Arista GRP UK 1981 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - Make It Right album art Marz (2) One More Minute and 1 more… Marz (2) - Make It Right (Album) Liberty US 1982 Sell This Version
AQ 1000 Toni Smith - Wodכ Yi Ye Ɔdכ album art Khodjo Aquai Khodjo Aquai - Wodכ Yi Ye Ɔdכ(LP, Album) Aquai Tone AQ 1000 US 1984 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - A Long Time Coming album art Evelyn "Champagne" King* I'm Scared and 2 more… Evelyn "Champagne" King* - A Long Time Coming (Album) RCA Victor US 1985 Sell This Version
LGLP-001 Toni Smith - Vibes album art John Holt John Holt - Vibes(LP) Leggo Sounds LGLP-001 US 1985 Sell This Version
AQ1001 Toni Smith - Africaribe Beat album art Aquai* Aquai* - Africaribe Beat(LP, Album) Aquai Tone AQ1001 US 1985 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - Never Felt So Good album art James Ingram Lately (as Toni (The Voice) Smith) James Ingram - Never Felt So Good (Album) Qwest Records Venezuela 1986 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - One Step Closer album art Gavin Christopher Once You Get Started Gavin Christopher - One Step Closer (Album) Manhattan Records US 1986 Sell This Version
111865 Toni Smith - Telling The Truth album art Michael B.* And Roǵer* Michael B.* And Roǵer* - Telling The Truth(12") Telling The Truth Records 111865 US 1986 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - Crushin' album art Fat Boys Fat Boys - Crushin' (Album) Tin Pan Apple, Tin Pan Apple US 1987 Sell This Version
BWAY-447 Toni Smith - Jazz It Up album art Kool Chip Featuring Toni Smith Kool Chip Featuring Toni Smith - Jazz It Up(12") 4th & Broadway, Island Trading Co. BWAY-447 US 1987 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - GRP 10th Anniversary Collection album art Various Funkin' For Jamaica (N.Y.) Various - GRP 10th Anniversary Collection (Comp) GRP US 1992 Sell This Version
7 82465-2 Toni Smith - Unmasked album art Lesette Wilson Don't Lead Me On Lesette Wilson - Unmasked(CD, Album) Atlantic 7 82465-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
OG 3308 Toni Smith - Cool Cuts: 14 Of The Jazziest Funkiest Sounds album art Various Funkin' For Jamaica (as T. Smith) Various - Cool Cuts: 14 Of The Jazziest Funkiest Sounds(CD, Comp) Old Gold (2) OG 3308 UK 1993 Sell This Version
HIBX 8502 Toni Smith - Jam Fo' Real / Too Hot album art Tom Browne Too Hot (Quiet Storm Edit) and 3 more… Tom Browne - Jam Fo' Real / Too Hot(12", Maxi) Hip Bop Records HIBX 8502 US 1994 Sell This Version
HBPROMO 02 Toni Smith - Too Hot album art Tom Browne Tom Browne - Too Hot(CD, Maxi, Promo) Hip Bop Records HBPROMO 02 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - The Sisters album art Weldon Irvine Think I'll Stay A While and 1 more… Weldon Irvine - The Sisters (Album) Saucerman Records US 1998 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - Believe In Yourself album art Soulswitch* Featuring Meli'sa Morgan Soulswitch* Featuring Meli'sa Morgan - Believe In Yourself Yellorange, Yellorange US 1999 Sell This Version
Toni Smith - Shocka Zooloo album art T.M. Stevens Family Man (as Tonni and 4 more… T.M. Stevens - Shocka Zooloo (Album) Victor Japan 2001 Sell This Version
VEL-0205 Toni Smith - Outta Here album art Lettuce (3) Lettuce (3) - Outta Here(CD, Album) Velour Recordings VEL-0205 US 2002 Sell This Version
018 072 2 Toni Smith - Quest Journey album art Mino Cinelu Just A Dream and 2 more… Mino Cinelu - Quest Journey(CD, Album) Universal Music Jazz France 018 072 2 Europe 2002 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
215-2020 Toni Smith - All In A Days Work album art Bob Baldwin Can You Feel It? (as Tonni Smith) Bob Baldwin - All In A Days Work(CD, Album) 215 Records 215-2020 US 2005 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

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