Soul singer Toni Ann Semple blends the nuances of her Native American heritage into her style

by Raheem Karim

Born of the Cherokee and Mohawk Nations, Toni Ann’s undeniably Strong Native American physical features – her deeply alluring eyes, her flowing jet black wavy hair, and her high accented cheek bones, and delicate lips – are not the only uniquely stunning attributes that distinguish this phenomenal artist from her peers. A large part of what makes Toni Ann’s music so distinct is how she successfully blends the nuances of the Native American music of her heritage with the other various styles of contemporary music she embraces, such as Soul, funk, Jazz, R & B, and even a little Pop.

Gifted with the ability to self-teach, Toni Ann learned to read and write music on her own, enhanced her vocal artistry, honed her guitar chops, learned to play piano, trumpet, Native American flute, and developed quite the knack for laying down percussion (though not an official drum player). Having marshaled all her skills together Toni Ann began making the kind of ‘noise’ that delighted the ear of music fans and renowned musicians as well.

Toni Ann’s incredible vocal abilities have been well received by audiences and the industry the world over. Toni’s voice has been sought after and employed by the incomparable WILL DOWNING, the hugely successful AL B. SURE, Grammy Award winning Bassist extraordinaire and Producer TOM BARNEY, Bassist FREDDIE CASH, Jazz Pianist MARK ADAMS, Music Director MERLENE WARD, Producer MORACE LANDY, TY STEPHENS, and THE SCHWARTZ LESLIE FORD CONNECTION. Toni also has several domestic tours under her belt, and has toured several times in Japan with the mega sensational TOSHI KANKAWA.

In addition to her live gigs, Toni Ann Semple’s debut album release FOR ME, was warmly received in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and other parts of Europe. Toni’s songs from that album, such as the singles “For Me”, “Summer Breeze”, and “Sit Back and Relax” still enjoy play in rotation on several radio stations around the world.

Toni Ann has two forthcoming projects which, when complete, will introduce to the world a ground-breaking musical experience. On one of the forthcoming projects, Toni Ann is working with industry Bassist juggernaut MR. TOM BARNEY (Steely Dan, Lauren Hill, Mary J. Blige, Miles Davis, Tania Maria, David Sanborn, Michael Jackson, etc.). On the other project titled “MYSTIFIED”, Toni is working with renowned Music Promoter and musician MR. MORACE LANDY (Atlantic Records). Toni Ann is positive and optimistic that the various vibrations she emits will have mass appeal. After all, her music, like love itself, is universal and inclusive, not elitist or exclusionary


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