Toni

Toni

BandR&BSinger/Songwriter

New and Innovative, This R&B artist is really making her presence known. Her sound is unique and style is simple. Toni has been steadily performing in the Central Texas Area. Look out for her debut album, "The Wait is Over".

Biography

Toni Smith

Sometimes Credited As:
Phil

Born:
Bronx, New York on April 15, 1971

Professions:
Singer/Songwriter, Realtor®
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This late bloomer has the drive and potential of an earlier bird. Defying the odds is her claim to fame and her main mission in life. Because of an urge to sing and a passion to write, the singer/songwriter embarked on a quest for fulfillment in 2004 and is determined to exceed her own expectations.

Born Phil Fantonia Johnson to Jamaican parents in Bronx, New York, she is the middle child in a family of 5 children minus one (Rujah, bless her little heart) which would have made six. Being constantly ridiculed by other children for her odd name she adopted the name Toni to stop the criticism. She had inclinations that she was gifted in singing as a child but didn’t have the direction. Not really discovering her talent earlier on, Phil aka Toni never new that she would someday collide with the music industry. She decided to pursue her dream one night while she was working the grave yard shift delivering the local newspaper. “There’s got to be more to life than this”, is what went through her mind. Relying on her God given ability to sing, she entered 3 local talent contests and lost every time. As a result of losing Toni picked herself up dusted her shoulders and began to write her own lyrics thinking if she was original she would get a better response.

Toni sought the help of a local recording studio and thus entered a recording booth in 2004 for the first time. This was the great mile stone in her career at the time. The thrill was short lived after recording a few demo but not knowing what to do with them. She sent them to a few elite record companies, but they were returned to sender unopened. After that rejection the wife and mother of 3 decided to turn a deaf ear to her own music until a late night call that changed her life. A local producer and CEO of a small record label; BlackMobbEntertainment, contacted her after getting her phone number off the internet. The two enter an agreement and thus a ray of hope warmed her vocals again.

Toni’s creative mind allowed her to write the lyrics to Heaven (the story of her life) after being given a track provided by her producer, Keke. Soon, more tracks followed and more song were written. Until the completion of her debut album, “The Wait is Over” soon to be released in 2006. Until then and even after, Toni continues to write for her second album already entitled, “A Girl Named Phil”.

Toni style of music is derived from a gospel past and future. She is not ashamed in her belief and expresses it in many of her songs. The songs she writes is mainly about her past experiences and encounters. Which leads her to believe her first album should have been called A Girl Named Phil. Simplicity and true life encompasses her lyrics. Her album has a neo-soul/gospel/R&B feel to it and gives a fresh, new experience to someone seeking real music. Toni loves music and wants to share her music with the world. She is a serious contender in the music industry and exhausts every opportunity to let it be known. Look out for her website: agirlnamedphil.com and www.myspace.com/agirlnamedphil.com. You can get a sneak preview of Toni’s music at www.blackmobbentertainment.com.

Toni is currently a Realtor at Elite Real Estate in Killeen Texas but is very persistent in her passion for singing. She is constantly on the move performing in various events in her local area and even as far as Austin and Dallas. Participating in open-mics and karaoke helps Toni sharpen her craft. She would love to eventually pursue songwriting for others, writing children’s book and acting but for now; she is focused on getting herself on the map. She is currently signed to Black Mobb Entertainment.
Two words that describe this singer/songwriter are AMBITIOUS and DRIVEN.

Family
Husband-Chris
Daughter-Sascha
Daughter-Naomi
Son-Isaiah
Father-Hansel
Mother-Fay
Sister-Meggan
Brother-Dean
Sister-Faith
Brother-Hanson
Niece Nephews-Auntie Toni loves you.

Education
Central Texas College-Assoc. Degree in Computer Networking

Lyrics

Heaven

Written By: Toni

Heaven by Phil Fantonia Smith(Toni)

Heaven help me I’m in trouble were do I begin
Problems started surfacing before the age of ten
Lying cheating stealing just to get some attention
Didn’t care who I was hurting, I wanted to have fun
Phoned the police please come quick I’m gonna get it bad
They told me that I deserved it and that they were glad
Discipline I received but still something that I lacked
Got kicked of Catholic school, they told me don’t come back

Heaven help me now
Heaven help me now

Heaven help me growing up isn’t easy to do
Thank God I had my big sis to help me make it through
Limited in things to do I became a tomboy
A football and a dodge ball both became my favorite toys
Always wanted Barbie’s but never had no not one
And every Christmas I would wish for a little toy oven
Looking back on my life hard to believe that it’s real
But what could you put past a little girl whose name is Phil

Heaven help me now
Heaven help me now

Heaven help me temptation is tearing me apart
Outside he was fresh and clean but what was in his heart
Deception and mass confusion selfish little games
But I was being so naive I guess I’m part to blame
Friends would give me hints saying that he’s not right for me
But I felt that eventually I would be happy
All of a sudden things had changed and he was not the same
Learned my lesson well after the sorry, hurt and pain

Heaven help me now
Heaven help me now
Heaven help me now
Heaven help me now

Discography

Heaven- Single In Stores Now

The Wait is Over- March 2006 Release

Set List

Heaven
All the Love (AtoZ)
Alright
Stay
Goin Thru
DJ

If I were to do cover It would be along the lines of Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige