Maverick to sign Toni Childs?
After a debilitating bout with Graves’ Disease and various label woes, singer-songwriter Toni Childs is standing tall, eager to be heard again.
It’s been nearly a decade since her last album, 1994’s “The Woman’s Boat” (A&M).
What inspired her to write again?
The result of Childs’ efforts is “You Are Beautiful,” a song about self-esteem.
“One of the big problems is how we, as women, see ourselves,” Childs says. The song “acknowledges that within ourselves is where our true power lies. It’s time to declare what you want to do and how you want to create your life. If you’re the first to say, ‘I’m going to raise myself up,’ the world will respond to that. This is a call to other women who would like to write a song like I’ve written or a song they’ve already written, and we could put together a compilation.”
Ideally, her song would appear on the compilation as a multi-artist collaboration. Proceeds would go to women’s services through Ensler’s foundation. Childs says her first label choice is Maverick, because she would like to have its co-founder Madonna involved.
Childs hopes to follow the album’s release with a V-Day tour in 2005.
The artist is now working on her first album since “The Woman’s Boat” for Woodland Hills, Calif.-based indie label Sovereign Records.
Article by Melinda Newman