Tonya Watts wears her truth on her sleeve. Well actually on her forearm…literally. Tonya had Truth tattooed on her arm as a reminder to herself and everyone around her what she stands for, and what she lives for…she is addicted to it in life, in art and most importantly in her songs.
Tonya lays her life out in front of you…fist fightin\', divorce, cheatin\', go-go bars, and her struggle and love for her faith (as is the title track, \"Handcuff My Soul\"). All of her songs resonate with the clang of a sort of \"truth bell\" announcing the arrival of a misfit and outcast who knows she does not fit in, and probably does not care because she also knows there is a world of people who feel the same way...she is a voice for those people. The People who like herself, \"know what it\'s like to wanna die\"...but move on and survive, cause \"what dosen\'t kill them makes them tougher.\"
In past years Tonya has opened for Kid Rock, Alabama, Toby Keith, Deana Carter, and her Favorite songwriter David Allan Coe. She also received attention from the LA Weekly newspaper as she was featured as being on the forefront of a Hollywood Country movement.
Once upon a time Tonya left her southern roots for a Hollywood Dream. She had small parts in some TV shows and movies, including being the double for Pamela Anderson in Barbwire and some Baywatch. Then one day she was cast in a small role in the Barbara Mandrell story…the part was Dolly Parton; one of Tonya\'s all time love\'s (to this day to hear Dolly talk and sing can bring Tonya to tears). This experience coupled with the inspiration of her southern outcast outlaw Hollywood friends, led her to pick up a guitar and start to tell her story in song.
A Tonya Watts\' song tells a truth that cuts deep, but in that, isn\'t afraid to have a good time with a whole lotta rock & roll bangin away with her country twang, tears, anger, and love…If Axl Rose and Dolly Parton had a baby girl that was given up for adoption to be raised by Loretta Lynn and David Allan Coe where it was fed a steady diet of Lita Ford, Motley Crue, and AC/DC…Tonya Watts just may be that girl.
Tonya Watts is addicted to Truth, addicted to standing up for the outcast, and addicted to music that strives to express those same addictions. Tonya Watts is a true outcast…a true outlaw…and the real deal.
Most recently Tonya has really gotten real with her efforts to help the homeless population of Nashville; bringing attention to the Un-Christian \"please help, don\'t give\" campaign, with her video for her song \"Cumberland Angels\"…she has an on-going coat and sock drive through her \"B. LOVE FOUNDATION\"…named after a homeless man she met on the streets of Nashville, named Booger Love..Tonya Watts celebrates \"INDIE BLOOD\" Musician\'s revoloution coming soon..
..................A driving force in today’s music, Tonya Watts will soon be someone to be reckoned with -- Pete Anderson Grammy Award Winning Producer
...................Tonya Watts brings the heart and soul from the land of cotton and lets it breathe into a California Cowboy style that is quite frankly superb and full of endless and hopeful destinations. -- Doc Holliday Watusi Rodeo Indie 103.1 FM *
............................... Tonya Watts does it the way we like it out here on the Left Coast; unapologetic, honest and loyal to her crew. She works harder than anyone I know for her music, herself and the folks around her. Her songs are raw, personal and probably a little more outlaw than Nashville would like. She’s the rowdy little sister to the LA Outlaw Scene. -- Bryson Jones Snakehandlers
............................. There have been a few perfect, cool and reasonably intelligent handfuls of artists out there. Being a handful requires a lot. It means having steady hands so you can hold what’s in them. Tonya is awesome and has worked, prayed and lived the stories that she’s told. And I\'m proud to call her one of my heroes. -- Waylon Payne Singer/Songwriter