Toni Childs to sing for Gympie
AFTER a decade spent battling Graves Disease Toni Childs is back with a new sound that stays true to her roots background.
Toni, who is currently touring rural venues in Queensland and NSW, will stop in Gympie on Saturday, October 16, in the middle of the tour before finishing in Merimbula on November 7.
This week she told The Gympie Times the reasoning behind taking the tour to the country was to touch base with her fans.
“They were calling out to me. So I am saying ‘hi' because it's been so long,” she said.
The concert will be a mix of Toni's older hits, but the bulk of the act will feature songs from Keep the Faith released in 2008 and yet to be released Citizen of the Planet.
After the tour Toni will return to Hawaii, where she spent the last ten years and finish recording Citizen of the Planet – due to be released next year.
Citizen of the Planet is a record that comes with a message.
“I've lived on the planet for a while,” she joked, “And I feel like I want the record to be relevant about what is happing to us.
“I wanted to go a bit deeper and hit a deeper note – like in Zimbabwe.”
Toni wanted to address issues facing everyone and said it had a lot to do with how, as a race, humans are growing and evolving.
She explained the sound of the album was more blues and roots and moved away from the 80s style sound she had adopted in 1996.
“I want to get back to a super organic sound like in Keep the Faith.”
But now she is going even further with that sound.
“My heart feels more open…I feel more attached.”
“Having a decade off and being able to live in nature has helped that,” she said.
“I've come away with something that makes me a little more open as a person.”
Toni said the album was very relevant to our time.
New songs include her perspectives on “keeping up with the Jones'” and it's ramifications.
Living in Hawaii played a big part in her recovery and was a major source of inspiration for the new album.
“It's a really beautiful, powerful island.”
She let her entire life go when she moved to Kauai, learnt a lot and is happier and healthier for the experience.
While recharging her batteries Toni realised she had something more to say, which is a major driving force for the new album.
See Toni at the Gympie Civic Centre on October 16, tickets are available from Gympie Foto First phone 5482 8787.