“I’ve Got to Go Now”, a Top 5 hit in Australia in 1991, and the Emmy-winning “Because You’re Beautiful” (released as a single in 2004, and featured on her 2008 album Keep the Faith). In New Zealand she has achieved six Top 40 hit singles and three platinum albums.
Childs stated in a 1988 article for Time magazine that she and her three brothers “were not allowed to listen to pop music or rock or even go to the movies. There was a lot I missed out on.”
In 1979, Childs performed several live shows with the band Berlin whilst their singer, Terri Nunn, was unavailable. Her first band of note, Toni and the Movers, included Jack Sherman (later to become a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Micki Steele (later a member of the Bangles).
The Los Angeles-based band performed and toured for two years but did not release an album. In the summer of 1981, after The Movers had disbanded,
Childs performed various improvised sets of music at Madame Wong’s West and the Madam Wong’s clubs in Los Angeles under the name Nadia Kapiche with musicians including Steve Schiff (guitar), Micki Steele (bass), Mark Buchholtz (keyboards/sax), Richard Larsen (keyboards/sax), and drummer Stan Getts.
Demo (recording) sessions were also done in Hollywood with most of this band, with Ed Warnecke on drums. Childs was still searching for her niche. She has said, “I didn’t know who I was, and I realized I was trying to grab the brass ring like everybody else.
I wanted to become a better songwriter and I knew I just didn’t know enough to be signed. That’s when I went to Island Music publishing, and asked them to sign me and send me to England.”
In 1981, she signed a song publishing deal with Island Music which financed her move to London. There she lived in an empty office of a local recording studio, sweeping floors and dusting consoles in exchange for rent and recording experience.
While in London, Childs played with various musicians in various band configurations: David Rhodes (who had worked with Peter Gabriel), Mike Cotzi (Shriekback), Martin Swaine (The Waterboys, World Party), Steve Creese (World Party) and Duncan Kilburn (The Psychedelic Furs).
In 1985, after returning to Los Angeles, Childs was signed to A&M Records and soon began to work with songwriter/producer/musician David Ricketts (of David & David) on the soundtrack for the film Echo Park, and provided backing vocals for David & David’s album Boomtown, on a track titled “Ain’t So Easy”.
- Union (1988)
- House of Hope (1991)
- The Woman’s Boat (1994)
- Keep the Faith (2009)
(429 Records/SLG/Cooking Vinyl)
- Citizens Of The Planet (2014)
(Big Mother Records)
- Lay Down Your Pain CD Maxi-Single (1994)
- The Very Best of Toni Childs (1996)
- Toni Childs: Ultimate Collection (2000) – (Hip-O Records).
- Toni Childs – The Videos (VHS) (1989)
|1988||“Stop Your Fuss||Union|
|“Don’t Walk Away”|
|“Walk And Talk Like Angels”|
|“Many Rivers to Cross“||Lost Angels soundtrack|
|1991||“I’ve Got to Go Now”||House of Hope|
|“House of Hope”|
|1994||“Lay Down Your Pain”||The Woman’s Boat|
|1995||“Fell from a Great Height” (Stephen Cummings + Toni Childs)||Falling Swinger (Stephen Cummings album)|
|1996||“Many Rivers to Cross” (reissue)||The Very Best of Toni Childs|
|2004||“Because You’re Beautiful”||non-album release|
|2008||“One Life”||Keep the Faith|
|2009||“Because You’re Beautiful” (reissue)|