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 .
- 27 Vocals
- 6 Instruments & Performance
- 112 Writing & Arrangement
- 3 Featuring & Presenting
- 1 Production