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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Albums

Toni Smith - OM:Dubai album art Various Summertime (DJ Fudge Dub) Various - OM:Dubai (Comp) OM Records US 2007 Sell This Version

Compilations

880419 Toni Smith - Best Of Melody Vol. 6 album art Various I Like The Way It Feels Various - Best Of Melody Vol. 6(CD, Comp) Melody Production 880419 France 1993 Sell This Version
864 935-2 Toni Smith - Play It Soul album art Various Too Hot Various - Play It Soul(2xCD, Comp) Silva France 864 935-2 France 2004 Sell This Version
HIBD 8201 Toni Smith - Undercover album art Various Too Hot Various - Undercover(2xCD, Album, Comp) Hip Bop Records HIBD 8201 UK 2004 Sell This Version
PTG 34030 Toni Smith - Nighttime Lovers Volume 5 album art Various Ooh, I Like The Way It Feels Various - Nighttime Lovers Volume 5(CD, Comp) PTG Records, Vinyl Masterpiece PTG 34030 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Toni Smith - Funky System 06 album art Various Ooh I Like The Way It Feels Various - Funky System 06(CDr, Comp) Urban Music Lille none France 2012 Sell This Version

Mixes

CLS0001192 Toni Smith - House Is Love - Club Sounds For A Better World album art Various Summertime (Dj Fudge Dub) Various - House Is Love - Club Sounds For A Better World(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Clubstar GmbH & Co. KG CLS0001192 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
VENCD 969 (CS) Toni Smith - Beachland - Made In Ibiza album art Various Summertime (DJ Fudge Vocal Mix) Various - Beachland - Made In Ibiza(CD, Comp, Mixed) Vendetta Records VENCD 969 (CS) Spain 2008 Sell This Version
PTG 34062 Toni Smith - Nighttime Lovers Collectors Volume 1 – 10 album art Various Ooh, I Like The Way It Feels Various - Nighttime Lovers Collectors Volume 1 – 10(11xCD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed + Box) PTG Records PTG 34062 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version

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