Updated: Feb 2, 2022
British artist, Tonia Soulbird is a polished independent Christian recording artist that's soulful and has a voice of an angel! I had the chance to ask her about her musical journey and her personal life as well. Here's what she shared.
What is your background and how i got started in music? I'm Servant of God appointed to minister - for his glory. Music is my gift man, grateful for it. I use it as a medium to uplift, to encourage, to inspire and to show the joy and freedom of Jesus Christ. It flows through me; I wish words were enough to describe it. I'm from East London (boop boop! haha). I have always loved music, man. I sing every day! In the kitchen, in the shower, in the car. everywhere! It started from when I was a child. I would sing in my front garden, pretending to hold a mic in my hand and perform songs that I had written. I think that was around the age of 9. My love for music propelled me to sing in Church, in school and various musical vocal groups, before launching into my ministry as an Artist.
What are your most memorable moments of your singing career? My most memorable moment, so far has to be performing at The Jazz Cafe alongside my good friend and fellow Artist, Lemzi. We lit up the stage man! You couldn't fake that kind of energy. It was from the heart. You should check him out, he's my favorite British Rapper.
Most Challenging Moment? I found it challenging when I was asked to write a song on the spot at a Studio in Ealing, London UK. I found it challenging because although the song was decent, it wasn't from the heart. It wasn't organic. It wasn't real. This made me feel uncomfortable.
Who are your musical influences? I appreciate the sounds of Kirk Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Lemzi, Common, Jazmine Sullivan, Mali Music and so many others.
So, Tonia, who would you love to do a duet with, dead or alive? I would love to sing a song written by Kirk Franklin or John P. Kee - they are remarkable musical geniuses!
What was the most embarrassing moment of your music career? I had to record a live performance for a music project once. Halfway through, my mind went blank, and I just stopped singing. I must have zoned out too much haha.
Tell me about the latest album project you've worked on? I released by debut album - SOULBIRD in Feb 2020. Available on all major music platforms - Go check it out!
What are your music performance traditions? I pray every time.
What advice would you like to give to upcoming artists? Always remember why you sing. Never compromise on that for anything.
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Interview by: Gina Carey