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Album Review

Toni Childs spits out lyrics on up-tempo tunes like rounds blasting from an AK-47. Unfortunately, she doesn't do many ups. She's easier on ballads and mid-tempo songs, but still register red-zone readings. The singer/songwriter has been labeled everything from alternative rock to pop/rock — everything but the soul singer she is. Aretha Franklin singing an album of folksy tunes doesn't make her a folk singer. Childs' recordings reflect the material she writes, which is not necessarily the direction that's best for her; with the right producer, she could be Tina Turner. This collection features not only her compositions (the ferocious "Don't Walk Away," the heady "I Just Want Affection," and the Janis Ian-ish "I Met a Man"), but a couple she didn't scribe, such as Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross."

Customer Reviews

Raw Emotion

It's so sad when Britney Spears--who couldn't sing to save her life-- sells millions of studio over-produced albums, and a true artist like Toni Childs does not get the airplay she deserves! She has a voice to die for (DON'T WALK AWAY--is a masterpiece) with lyrics that have deep meaning and significance. I've heard her live and she chilled me to the bone! Can't wait for new album due out this year

No one like her

Toni Childs has one of the most haunting, "other-wordly" voices I have ever heard. When "Union" came out in the late 80's I thought this was one true artist. Her lyrics are incredible - no one writes like this today. It's such a shame that more people have not heard of her and that she hasn't collected the accolades due her. The songs on here from "Union" could have been written yesterday and they would still sound fresh. There is no similar artist that I can think of.

Uniquely Toni

So many times you hear an artist and say 'they sound like...'. Toni Childs sounds like no one I've ever heard. Nor lyrically, does she write like others. It has a down side, I'm sure; because she doesn't fit the music industry mold. Thank God! Her lyrics and melodies, use of obsure instrumention, and amazing voice; set her apart from the generic grind of music that was shoved down our throats in the 80's and 90's. A true singer/songwriter more interested in putting out art with integrity, rather than shaking her ass in a video. BRAVA!!


Born: October 29, 1957 in Orange, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born in Orange, California, Toni Childs grew up in a variety of locations around the U.S. and lived in London for four years, where she had a song-publishing deal with Island Music. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she became involved with David Ricketts (of David + David) and collaborated on the soundtrack for the film Echo Park (1986). Her debut album, Union, was recorded in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and Africa, and reflected an interest in the music of Zimbabwe as well as more conventional...
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