TonyD

TonyD

 West Hempstead, New York, USA
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Biography

The Reggae Artist known as TonyD was born Dennis Anthony Lawrence in St. Catherine, Jamaica, in 1974. At an early age of 7 TonyD discovered a great love for music and sang in church which he attended with his Grandparents. He was later inspired by the likes of Lieutenant Stitchie and Pappa San, decided that the entertainment industry would be his career path. TonyD started his career as a DJ on International sound systems such as “King Sonic, Metromedia”. Aspiring to capture the rapid fire delivery of his idols. He would have continued along this path if not for a revelation he experienced after hearing singer Wayne Wonder on the radio. Toasting dreams were instantly replaced by the need to create melodies, to ride octaves, to traverse the scales, to produce a joyous and moving vibe that would take listeners to another place.

With this new purpose in mind, TonyD spent a great deal of time studying the vocal styling of various established singers, mimicking at first, then eventually crafting his own unique approach. His passion is Lovers Rock. TonyD writes arrange and produce his own songs.
TonyD the singer made his debut performance on a stage show at Clarendon's Capri Theater in 1991. A fellow performer at said show would later become a major influence on the young artist's career. The artist was Kirk "Little Kirk" Davis and he served as a mentor to Tony D, teaching him the ins and outs of the business as well as giving him the opportunity to open shows for the Shocking Vibes Crew. A part of the journey for many Jamaican artists is the search for a musical home which provides the right atmosphere for maximum creativity and to some extent comfort and camaraderie. TonyD's journey was no different as he had stints with major labels and producers like Black Scorpio, Bobby Digital, Mikey Bennett's Grafton Studios, Max Romeo, Creative Sounds, fledgling labels like Kickoff Records, Hotwire as well as sound system related labels Stone Love, Metromedia, France's Fury Bass and Germany's Heartical.
TonyD achieved his first breakthrough single "Bugging Me" for the Creative Sounds Label in 2006. The single was accompanied by a music video (his first) which got good rotation on local access channels as well as on the radio. This was followed up in 2007 by the even more successful "You are the Reason" on the Kingswell label. This single enjoyed major rotation on Irie FM, Zip Fm and other Jamaican radio stations. He has shared the main stage with artists such as Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Coco-T, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Papa San, Damian Marley, Ziggy Marley the late Garnet Silk and many more.
TonyD migrated to the USA in 2009 and has continued his recordings. He had his first release in Europe, on the Fury Bass Label with a song called “Determined”. He followed up in 2010, with his 2nd release also in Europe on the Dub Akom Label with a song called “Good Ole Girl.” These songs created waves throughout Europe and has made other producers want to work with him.
TonyD has a new hit single for 2011 called “She Treats Me like a King.” This one is being produced by Black Roots Records out of St. Lucia and is making waves throughout Jamaica, USA and Europe. He is currently in the studio doing recordings for two of Europe’s top recording company “Irie Ites,” and FiloMuzik.
TonyD continues to write and record at a frenetic pace; juggling projects with various local and overseas producers, still with the dream of creating songs that move not just the waistline but the heart as well. TonyD music can also be heard on www.soundcloud.com/drea12 as well as his website http://clutcheyemuzik.com you can also link on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TonyDclutheye

He can be reached via email at td_muzik.com, tonyd@clutcheyemuzik.com and drea586@Yahoo.com.

Discography

She Treat me like a King
Heavenly Girl
Cover Me
Survivor
Good Ole'Girl
You are the Reason