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Toni Redd started singing at the young age of 12. She was entered into a city wide talent show in Atlanta Georgia at the age of 14.She went on to win The Best Female Vocalist Award and trophy against 12 other girls whom were all older. This is when Toni’s father, Thomas J. Walker (soon to be manager) realized Toni had a gift of music in her life.Toni went on to study, play guitar and began writing her own compositions.
Songstress Toni Redd is an internationally known Award Winning Powerhouse Performer and Recording Artist. Toni is The Winner of 2 Black Women in Jazz Awards, for Best Jazz Artist in 2014 and Best Music Video for “Close to Me” from her 3rd solo project, “Catching The REDD Eye” Produced by Morris Pleasure, (former musical director for Earth Wind & Fire and former keyboardist for Michael Jackson). She is also the winner of The 2011 Los Angeles based Coffee Talk Jazz Radio Award for Best R&B Vocalist 2011, voted by over 10,000 listeners and The Coors Light Award for Best Jazz Vocalist in The State of Texas for the Smooth Jazz radio station The Oasis.
Though regarded as a smooth R & B singer, Redd is an intense vocalist whose style is infused with R&B, Traditional and Contemporary Smooth Jazz with Classical Soul; these elements combined create her unique and distinct powerful ambience.
Her vocal capabilities are so rich that a reviewer with the Atlanta Journal Constitution concluded that, “When Toni Redd performs; It is always a musical treat.” Additional reviews state that, “Her vocals are sultry and emotional, from the heart are exactly where her vocals come from. A strong personality with interesting life experiences, she shares these through her lyrics on a real level” – Just Soul Magazine. (UK Based)
Toni discovered a love for music growing up in her native Atlanta Georgia. Music was always a driving force in her family. As a child, she studied the guitar and developed an interest in singing. She also studied English and joined The Glee Club at Spelman College. Toni parlayed this interest into songwriting and performing, a dream that has afforded her the ability to record and perform around the world.
In her illustrious career, she has had the honor of performing and sharing concert billings with Najee, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, The Rippingtons, Morris Day & The Time, Alex Bugnon,, Rick Braun, The Ohio Players, Anita Baker, Kirk Whalum, Maysa, SWV, Everette Harp, The Yellowjackets, Brian Bromberg, Steve Cole, The Temptations, Warren Hill, Lala Hathaway, The Stylistics, Walter Beasley, Kim Waters, and the list goes on and on.
Toni is a routinely featured artist at various jazz festivals from the Maui Music Jazz Festival in Hawaii, Urban Music Fest in Austin,Texas, to the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
Toni is also a gifted songwriter whose recording credits include her international debut CD “Straight From The Heart”, her critically acclaimed sophomore project entitled, “N” The Key of Redd”, The UK Soul Top 10 Charting CD “Catching the Redd Eye”, all of which continue to receive rave reviews.” She is also featured on Bob Baldwin’s “New Urban Jazz.com” CD and the featured vocalist on the Bob Baldwin’s Tribute to Thom Bell CD, “Betcha by Golly Wow”. And her latest cd project,“Her Reddness” featuring Grammy Award Winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum.
Ms. Redd is an all-around performer and actress whose voice can be heard on National Commercial Jingles, and acting credits include the independent film “Losing Grace, The Tyler Perry film, “A Good Man is hard to Find” and touring with the stage play “A Good Man is Still Hard to Find”. Additionally, Toni’s live performances mesmerize and captivate her audiences with high intensity and erupting energy.