After six wildly successful tours in less than 3 years, the unstoppable Toni Childs is back with another national tour showcasing the husky vocals and emotive lyrics which have made her album Keep the Faith a big hit.
‘… From the bluesy work-out of Blind to the rocking sing-a-long of Revolution, both her expressiveness and her mix of personal and social themes will still strike the right note with fans.’ Rave magazine, 2008
Toni Childs’ latest national tour will see her performing tracks from Keep the Faith, along with well-loved favourites and a special preview of her brilliant album, Citizens of the Planet. Audiences will be again captivated with her powerful vocals, charismatic live performances and commanding message.
Best known for her heavily R&B-influenced Don't Walk Away, Toni Childs hit the big time in 1988, when her critically acclaimed debut album Union went Double Platinum in Australia, selling 200,000 albums.
The same year she was nominated for three Grammys including Best New Artist. Her second album, House of Hope went three times platinum and in 1997, the release of Many Rivers to Cross caused her Greatest Hits album to go five times platinum, selling over 500,000 albums.
She released the emotionally hard hitting album Keep The Faith in Australia in August 2008, a blend of roots, rock and folk gospel songs and her latest tour demonstrates the enormous soul and vision she is famous for.
Living on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Childs has spent the last eight years recovering from the Graves Disease she was diagnosed with in the summer of 1997. Overcoming her battle with this rare stress disorder, Childs recently came back from her musical exile giving fans so much more than they might ever have expected.
In 2008 Toni Childs also launched a new body care range, Feminine Mysteries™, which is inextricably linked to her Keep The Faith album. It also encourages people to connect, heal and transform the world through love.
With a talent for picking the mood of the times, Childs seems determined to go beyond affirming her role as an important voice of inspiration for an entirely new generation to explore the zeitgeist defining theme of global connection.
“Music has such an important power to connect everyone, from wherever they are in the world and in their lives. For me, it’s so important to embrace this potency and get down to the core of my purpose,” says Childs.
“Looking back, I’ve had a really wonderful journey – I’ve felt that I’m a phoenix rising, burned down to an ash and then coming through that forest fire healthier and stronger than ever before. I have so much to share and my future projects all draw from my own experience of healing myself to help others connect with themselves and each other.”
TONI CHILDS - BIOGRAPHY
Twenty years after exploding into our pop-rock consciousness with her critically acclaimed, platinum selling debut Union, two Grammy nominations (including one for Best New Artist) and an east coast tour with childhood idol Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter Toni Childs emerges from a much too long musical exile to deliver a crucial, heartfelt message for these trying times: Keep The Faith.
Beyond affirming her role as an important voice of inspiration for an entirely new generation, Keep The Faith is her first album since a full self-healing induced recovery from Graves disease.
This album marks a long-awaited creative resurgence with producers David Tickle and David Ricketts. Tickle was the main producer of Union. Ricketts co-wrote and associate produced many of the tracks on Union and was Child’s co-producer and co-writer on her 1991 follow-up House of Hope, which featured one of her signature tunes “I’ve Got To Go Now,” a huge hit for her in Australia. The two were also credited producers on her massively popular 1996 compilation The Very Best Of Toni Childs, the fifth biggest selling album in Australia that year (with over 500,000 copies sold), which featured her riveting cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers To Cross.” The disc also became her third platinum selling Top 10 album in New Zealand.
Thousands of Childs’ fans worldwide who had been wondering when she’d do a fourth studio album (her last, 1994’s The Woman’s Boat, earned her another Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Performance) can credit Eve Ensler (of Vagina Monologues and Until The Violence Stops fame) with inspiring the singer to dig deep again and let the emotions that had been brewing for so many years come out. Childs, who had been involved in numerous charitable activities since moving to Kauai soon after her diagnosis—including Kauai School Gardens, and GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Free Kauai—was acting in a local production of The Vagina Monologues to raise money for the island’s YWCA Sexual Assault Treatment Center when Ensler, a longtime fan of Childs’ music, showed up one night to check out the show. They fast became friends and by night’s end, Ensler asked Toni to write an anthem for Until The Violence Stops.
Childs, a native of Southern California who signed her first publishing deal with Island Music in London in 1981 was moved by Enlser’s encouragement to return to music for a great cause. Eve hit a chord with the artist by providing a lofty goal, to write a song that would inspire people to end the violence that is inflicted on women and children for all time. In contemplating Eve’s request, Childs had an insight that if violence was really going to end against women and children, then women first needed to stop inflicting violence upon themselves through low self esteem.
In the years between being diagnosed with Graves disease—a serious thyroid disorder characterised by goiter, exophthalmos, and hyperthyroidism caused by an antibody-mediated auto-immune reaction—and getting her music career back on track, Childs learned the value and emotional and physical healing power of self-love.
Discovering that certain environmental factors may have played a part in her illness led Childs to become an activist with such organisations as GMO Free Kauai. Committing to a simpler lifestyle, she bought a 4.5 acre property and became an organic farmer.
Her Prosperity Farm now has over 120 laying hens, more than 50 ducks, two horses named Sunny and Lulu, and is soon to have two ewes, a ram and a milk cow called Lucy. While working on her farm, Childs began seeing a therapist on Kauai who told her that all disease stems from a lack of self-love and invited Childs to touch every part of her body with love every time she showered, thanking her body for all the gifts it gave her.
In the process of healing her body, Childs found out that she was allergic to sulfates, and she realised it was difficult to find various products like shampoos that didn’t contain it, so she started making her own products with no chemicals or known carcinogenic ingredients. This led the entrepreneurial-minded singer to launch Feminine Mysteries, an organic natural body care company with products named after body parts: I Love My Hair, I Love My Face, I Love My Pits, I Love My Tits***, etc.
In line with her desire to heal the “beauty wounds” of women everywhere, she created a line of Chakra body polishes. After recommencing her recording career and getting back on the road after more than a decade away, Childs also formally launched Feminine Mysteries in Australia and New Zealand in 2008 and in the U.S. in 2009. In April 2012, Toni moved from her island home in Hawaii to Myocum, New South Wales, Australia.
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