Singer Toni Redd, will be interviewed on the Jan. 1 edition of Java Jazz which will feature her music throughout the program which runs 6-9 a.m.
A powerhouse performer and recording artist, Redd has numerous awards to her credit. In 2014, she was honored at the inaugural Black Women in Jazz & The Arts Awards as the top black female vocalist of the year and best black female video of the year for “Footsteps in the Dark” from her 2013 release, Catching The Redd Eye. In 2015, she was nominated by the organization for best black female vocalist while also earning a nomination at the 2015 Georgia Music Awards for top jazz singer where she was the only female in the category.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Redd gained a love for music at an early age. As a child, she studied guitar and developed an interest in singing, ultimately parlaying the interest into a reality that has afforded her the ability to perform and record nationally and internationally.
Throughout her career, she has performed and shared billing with the likes of Najee, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, The Rippingtons, Marion Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Alex Bugnon, Angela Bofill, Rick Braun, The Ohio Players, Morris Day and the Time, Everette Harp, The Yellowjackets, Gerald Alston, Stanley Jordan, Brian Bromberg, Steve Cole, Fattburger, Chico Debarge, Pamela Williams, The Temptations, Warren Hill, Oleta Adams, The Stylistics, Walter Beasley, Bob Baldwin, Tom Browne and Kim Waters.
Redd is also a gifted songwriter whose recording credits include her 2004 debut, Straight From The Heart, the follow-up, N The Key of Redd in 2008. Following Catching The Redd Eye, her fourth CD, Her Reddness, came out in October. Each of Redd’s releases came out on her own label, Real Redd Music, and have been well received by critics.
Redd is a featured vocalist on pianist Bob Baldwin’s NewUrbanJazz.com (2008) and the Baldwin co-produced 2012 tribute to the great Philadelphia International Records writer/producer/arranger Thom Bell, Betcha by Golly Wow; The Songs of Thom Bell (eOne Music) where she sang lead on the title track penned by Bell and long-time writing partner Linda Creed. This past June, Redd appeared on the Baldwin-produced tribute to Stevie Wonder, MelloWonder: Songs in the Key of Stevie (Red River) which debuted at No. 16 on Billboard’s Jazz Chart.