Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Toni Child’s music for the soul

Singer to perform at the SV Pavilion for Wellness Festival

Express Staff Writer

Toni Childs will play the first Sun Valley Pavilion show of the summer concert season for the Sun Valley Wellness Festival on Sunday, May 24. Photo by

Three-time Grammy award-nominated and Emmy award-winning musician Toni Childs will launch the summer concert season on Sunday, May 24, in conjunction with the Sun Valley Wellness Festival.

"I am bringing a mixture of old and new music I call soul food," Childs said. "What I do is inspirational singing recommended for aging with a common spirit."

The addition of Childs to the Sun Valley Wellness Festival is a match for the festival and Childs. Diagnosed in 1997 with Graves disease, a hyperthyroid condition, Childs had to change her life.

"I was told by three different doctors to stop life," Childs said. "I was in denial for two years and very sick."

Childs moved to Hawaii and decided to clean up her life, which she did through meditation, using salt rubs, working with plants, essential oils and telling her body she loved it.

"I had been told that all diseases lack a self love," Childs said. "I didn't know what that meant, but I realized that the entertainment industry makes a woman highly critical of her appearance and makes people live extreme and not eat properly."

Living without medication for seven years, Childs found out what it meant to embrace her illness and heal herself. She continued to write music, but did not record or perform music until 2003 when she was involved in the production of Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues" in Kauai, Hawaii, and met Ensler.

"Ensler asked me to write a song for her documentary 'Until the Violence Stops,' and I wrote 'Because You're Beautiful,'" Childs said. "I had a great time and felt like a phoenix rising."

Childs won an Emmy award in 2004 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for "Because You're Beautiful."

"So much has happened in a decade," she said. "Coming back, the music industry has changed, but I feel blessed to be able to keep doing this."

Childs' band includes the former drummer of Australia's John Butler Trio, and will perform in the Sun Valley Pavilion for the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. She will perform a mix of material that will include work from her new album, "Keep the Faith."

Tickets are $15, $25 and $100. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 622-2135. For a full schedule of festival events, speakers, workshops and exhibition halls, visit

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