"I believe the heiress to 'Soul Queen' Irma Thomas has arrived."
-Lyndon Jones, New Orleans Unplugged
“Her vibe and stage presence is witty and dope. She will make you laugh and cry in the same set, for sure at some point you will be in tears. She is a crowd drawing charismatic performer with one of the best voices I've heard in a while.”
-Kimmie Tubre, Where Y’At Magazine
Across the nation, her name is buzzing. Tonya Boyd-Cannon‘s luxurious, soft and smooth to downright gritty and golden voice—with its rich, deep contralto range—can only be described as what happens when silk meets sand.
With a lifetime of musical influences that began to take shape when she was just a child singing in her father’s church choir, Tonya Boyd Cannon began her professional career as a background vocalist with Jean Knight (1999). After completing the “Queen” album, she was inspired by Knight, to pursue her dream in music. Her first solo project was recorded “Precious” and dedicated to her late grandmother.
After being displaced and suffering the total loss of her home in Hurricane Katrina, Tonya released the “Rise My Child “album in 2006, dedicating the album to survivors of the storm and life. She partnered with the NOVAC organization and recorded the titled track “Rise My Child” in her Lower 9th Ward neighborhood.
Over the years, Tonya’s voice and career began to take shape. In 2010, she was crowned the winner of the “Budweiser’s: Battle for the Crown” contest, allowing her to open for Anthony Hamilton, KEM & Jaheim. With this achievement, she began singing across the nation, in showcases and festivals. In 2011 & 2012, Tonya performed in Alabama’s Bayfest, where she stopped a crowed in their tracks, as she belted Journey’s ballad “Lights.”
Tonya performed with the Stooges Brass Band at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Essence Fest in 2012, where she rocked the crowds. Her Essence performance led her to perform on stage with Grammy Award winning rapper-songwriter, EVE. She is also known for her “Gospel performance” scene as the new voice on the “Warren “Chip” Forstall” commercial.
Her years as a performer are immeasurable; for Tonya is a true entertainer who shares her passion and love for music with her audience every time she takes the stage. Whether she is performing solo or with her band (SoDivine) she knows how to leave her audience mesmerized. When she combines her elements of sound, techniques, skills and passion to create “Muzic,” Tonya personifies the song and tells a story through the melody as she does in her single IN NEW ORLEANS, her impromptu ode to the city she calls home, that has become a crowd favorite.
Tonya knows how to give her audience just what they need—music that pours from her soul, touches theirs and leaves them wanting more.
So come on and Gro-o-o-o-ve with TBC Muzic!