It’s said that life isn’t about the destination, but the journey and in Toni Childs’ case it’s been an extraordinary voyage of discovery that continues to evolve in the most unpredictable ways.
As a recording artist Toni first broke through with her debut album Union in 1988, spawning hits like Don’t Walk Away and the irresistible Stop Your Fussin’. The album was produced by David Ricketts of David and David fame and was nominated for two Grammys that year.
The follow up House of Hope was again enthusiastically received and while it didn’t achieve the same commercial success in Toni’s native USA, the album and its lead single I’ve Got To Go Now were once again hugely successful in Australia and New Zealand.
The Woman’s Boat completed a critically acclaimed trilogy with the album’s emphasis on femininity and womanhood. It was after an Australian tour while working on her follow up album that Toni began to notice an unusual bulging of her eyes. A visit to the doctor confirmed that she had Graves’ Disease, a condition that totally upended her life and saw Toni retire from recording for 15 years.
Toni Childs’ recovery began as she detoxified her body while building a new life in Hawaii. In the process of achieving a clean bill of health Toni changed her outlook on living, developing a holistic approach towards a cleaner and healthier lifestyle while embracing yoga and meditation.
In 2009 Toni reunited with producer David Ricketts for her comeback album Keep The Faith, which included the hit One Life.
Now living in Australia Toni is busier than ever. In recent years she’s recorded the albums Citizens of the Planet and It’s All A Beautiful Noise, while outside of music Toni has supported causes like Rebuild Nepal. She’s also embarked on a host of creative initiatives including the Patreon project where people were immersed in a three dimensional installation of her visual art in the hope of inspiring them to support ecological ideas and values.
Like I said, it’s been quite a ride…