After touring the college circuit with the band E.L.B. and recording two small original albums, Tonya continued her artistry into video production and jingle writing. She penned jingles for companies such as RRE and Saturn. In conjunction with ARCOM Productions, she helped to produce corporate and broadcast videos for corporations such as Aromatique, Riceland Foods, Dassault Falcon Jet, ConAgra Foods, Glynda Turley Prints, and many others.
Upon moving to Nashville to pursue her love of songwriting, she began to have some early successes, performing at the historic Bluebird Cafe and earning a free studio session from a song pitch contest through NSAI. At the same time, she found herself working in the sports video world, doing free-lance with a number of sports video groups including Jefferson Pilot Sports, ESPN, ABC Sports and The Nashville Predators. She also worked in the pharmaceutical industry while she continued to pursue her music.
A recommendation by a friend led her to the doorstep of the renowned Ocean Way Studio, located on Nashville's legendary Music Row. The end result is a collection of 10 original songs for her album called "Doghouse." It is a well-crafted, award winning, beautifully performed debut.
This album helps the listener reflect on everyday living as well as encounter the varied stories of love. The listener quickly finds the fun of being sent to the "Doghouse," enjoys a few "Whiskey Wishes," and understands the relational problems with "Texting" and facing "Temptation."
She enlisted the help of veteran and award winning Nashville studio musicians including: Jeff King (Reba McIntire), Jerry McPherson and Mark Hill (Amy Grant), Tommy Harden, Steve Brewster (Multiple awards), Mike Johnson (ACM award), Dan Dugmore (Linda Ronstant), Jason "JW" Webb, Pat McGrath, and vocalist Russell Terrell.
With the skillful engineering and mixing of Matt McClure (Lee Brice/Kellie Pickler) and assistant Adam Taylor, Tonya's album helps the listener travel on a journey down an inspired musical road. Tonya's jazzy yet soulful voice is an amazing gift which embodies the sense of realness only found in someone who truly lives their life through their art.
In December 2014, Tonya was one of only five people selected by ASCAP Nashville to go through a songwriters program with producer Chris Harris. In March of 2015, Tonya's song "Something Bigger" was selected as one of the top songs in the annual CMT-NSAI songwriters contest. In June of 2015, the same song won an indie award with the Akademia Music Awards out of LA.
Tonya delights in sharing her gift of music almost as much as she enjoys telling her story of creative triumph. She relishes sharing her inspiration with other people who may have given up on their own dreams. Tonya is living proof that you should never give up.
Tonya's music is appealing to both young and old. She is presently working on her next project which she hopes to have completed later this year. It is our hope that you will get to know this artist for the fresh talent she offers and the boldness she has in being a martini glass in a world of shots.