New Orleans—Soul-Artist Tonya Boyd-Cannon is gearing up for the release of her second CD Then & Now, available May 2014. The lead single “No Approval” is the self-validating anthem for the new millennium. “No Approval” pushes the envelope with amazing musical arrangements and jazzy lyrical content combined with Boyd-Cannon’s bold and confident contralto voice. She states, “This is a song of... more
New Orleans—Soul-Artist Tonya Boyd-Cannon is gearing up for the release of her second CD Then & Now, available May 2014. The lead single “No Approval” is the self-validating anthem for the new millennium. “No Approval” pushes the envelope with amazing musical arrangements and jazzy lyrical content combined with Boyd-Cannon’s bold and confident contralto voice. She states, “This is a song of self validation! I lived my life for everybody else. I took their opinions over mine. The decisions that I made were theirs’, not my own and in 2013 I found myself. I loved myself. I approved of myself and put the stamp of approval as validated, as Tonya Boyd-Cannon.”
Then & Now is witty and inspirational, while being contemporary and authentic. From the first note of “I Wish You Well”, Boyd-Cannon captures your worst memories of love lost, but it’s a journey the listener cannot refuse. This haunting ballad is reminiscent of Nancy Wilson or Etta James. Melodic and melancholy at the same time, “I Wish You Well” is classic New Orleans R&B. “In New Orleans” captures the true heart of the city. The catchy chorus is in your head long after the song is over. Even if you never visited New Orleans, Boyd-Cannon brings the personality of the city to life by using her sultry voice in every description. If there is a meaning for the word music, “Music All Over the World” is the definition. Boyd-Cannon’s combination of sounds and instruments is a kaleidoscope. She strategically blends creative vocals and instrumentation into a fusion of musical gumbo.
The Mississippi-born, Louisiana-raised singer-songwriter is no stranger to the music scene. The daughter of a preacher she has been singing since she was a child. Boyd-Cannon got her professional start as a background vocalist for Jean Knight, best known for her 1970’s hit single, “Mr. Big Stuff”. In 2006, Boyd released her CD Rise My Child. The self-titled single is delivered with innocence and surrender. Boyd-Cannon shows her soulful vocal range, including fresh lyrics and robust harmonies. Today, she brings her own styles of jazz, gospel, soul, funk, rock and country to the stage as she shares her musical quest. She states, “It’s been almost eight years since I have released a CD, so I am excited about Then & Now”.
In 2010, Boyd-Cannon was crowned winner of “Budweiser’s: Battle for the Crown” contest, judged by New Orleans radio icon Wild Wayne. The win gave her the opportunity to open for Anthony Hamilton, KEM & Jaheim. This achievement, also catapulted her to the national prominence, with performances in showcases and festivals around the country. In 2011 and 2012, Boyd-Cannon performed in Alabama’s Bayfest, where she stopped the crowd in their tracks, when she belted Journey’s ballad, “Lights.” In 2012, she performed with the Stooges Brass Band at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Essence Music Festival. Her appearance at Essence Fest, led to an onstage performance with Grammy-Award winning rapper-songwriter, Eve. Boyd-Cannon says of her musical career, “I love to sing. Whether I’m singing jazz, funk, rock, gospel, reggae or neo-soul, I perform like it’s my last time. I try to use all my gifts to my fullest potential.” She continues, “I believe I have grown so much as an artist. Once again, I have written or co-written every song on this album, so this project really is about me sharing my soul and my love of music with my fans. I am extremely excited about Then & Now. I hope they enjoy it as much as I loved working on it.”
The single “No Approval” is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, CD Baby, Emusic.com, 7digital.com, OneRush.com, and Googleplay.com.