Fabulous rhythm and blues diva Toni Swain brings her band to Broadbeach. Toni listened to her Dad’s trad jazz band as a young child, and danced and sang along to the vinyl collection at home – Joni, Ella, Stevie, Etta, Michael, Donny, rock n roll, country, pop, soul; an eclectic mix that influenced her song writing from the beginning.
Toni wrote her first tune aged 11, then proceeded to record it using 2 cassette decks, laying down drums, piano, vocals and guitar herself. At 13 she was busking in Perth's Hay Street Mall, confident enough in her songs to sing them loudly to the world. A lifetime of live shows across the country, touring and recording followed, Toni has produced 3 albums and 3 EP’s to date. The latest album “Deepest Water” (2016) skyrocketed to number 2 on the Blues & Roots Charts on release. Rhythms Magazine describes Toni’s music as “a glorious fusion of blues, r‘n’b, soul and jazz….it defies categorization”.
There is a sophistication in her original compositions, always delivered with style and panache, and that incredible voice! Toni is renowned for her intense, moving, live performances. With the impressive Roy Payne on guitar, George Bibicos keys, Mike Rix double bass and George Brugmans drums, these musicians elevate the Toni Swain band to the international stage. "Toni Swain finds that spot in my musical love life marked Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne" Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald.