11-song CD Features Special Guests Ray Parker Jr. and Dominiqueâ€™s Father Kevin Toney (founding keyboardist of The Blackbyrds)
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Prepare to see and hear a lot of the young, beautiful, multi-talented and far-from-ordinary Dominique Toney in the years to come. Her natural gifts and pro-honed skills in every facet of the performing arts have arrived at peak proficiency and are about to take flight on the wings of her debut album, A Love Like Ours, on which she wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 11 songs, sings, scats, plays keyboards, executive produced and handled vocal arrangements. Revealing her heart like an open book via this richly eclectic alternative soul-pop collection, divinely driven Dominique shares her heart-on-sleeve love story like a woman who has been prepping for this close-up all her life. Listeners and future fans are going to be all the better for it.
Dominique Toneyâ€™s A Love Like Ours (available August 12) is a loosely thematic song cycle detailing the arc of a relationship â€“ the joy, the pain and the lessons learned. The music moves from the sassily flirtatious opener â€œLoving Youâ€™s So Easyâ€ to the jazzy Latin swing of the title track â€œA Love Like Oursâ€ (featuring Dominiqueâ€™s father Kevin Toney, founding keyboardist of 2x GrammyÂ©-nominated group The Blackbyrds) to a powerful heart-tugging ballad entitled â€œPiecesâ€ (featuring Ray Parker Jr. on acoustic and electric guitars) to the mid-tempo dance pop piece â€œBlink of An Eye.â€ Thereâ€™s also a very hip cover of Carly Simonâ€™s smoldering `70s liberated woman classic â€œVengeanceâ€ (featuring lead and rhythm guitar by Rob Bacon of â€œThe Arsenio Hall Showâ€ Posse Band) and a brilliant collaboration with Lebrese Black on â€œJust Donâ€™t Knowâ€ which features a rap and a wicked string section line.
â€œIâ€™m feeling quite vulnerable these days,â€ Dominique confesses, â€œbecause this album is very personal… all about a relationship. â€˜What will people think?â€™ â€˜What will he think?â€™ â€˜Will people like it?â€™ â€˜And if they donâ€™t like it, how will that make me feel?â€™ I wasnâ€™t thinking about trends or making a big pop song. It was, â€˜Oh, heâ€™s seeing someone new and he started this relationship before ours ended – I have to write a song! Itâ€™s literally the only way Iâ€™m going to be able to process whatâ€™s going on.â€ Dominique has already shot vibrant and captivating music videos for the songs â€œLoving Youâ€™s So Easyâ€ and â€œWe Areâ€ that are in circulation on YouTube, her website (www.dominiquetoney.com) and other outlets.
Throughout all of this wondrously eclectic yet fitting music, Dominique commands her leads and handles her own overdubbed harmonies with striking results that let the listener know straight from the gate: â€œThis is a real musician who knows her stuff.â€ Trained in piano from the age of 6 and singing all along (honed to perfection in college years at NYU), Dominiqueâ€™s passion path was all the more divinely ordained by her being born to parents that recognized and nurtured her early on. Her father, Kevin Toney, is an award-winning Pianist, Recording Artist and Composer best known as a founding member of Donald Byrdâ€™s legendary `70s band the Blackbyrds (â€œWalking in Rhythm,â€ â€œRock Creek Parkâ€). Her mother, Phyllis Toney, is a highly respected Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for rock-n-soul royalty such as Sir Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Sting and Aerosmith. Together, they have laid the foundation for Dominiqueâ€™s thorough understanding of the performing arts in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Dominique compounded this advantage by earning a B.F.A. from New York Universityâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts where she excelled not only in music but acting, improv and dance. So advanced is Dominique in her skill sets that she balances her busy music career (which includes touring as a lead singer and second keyboardist in The Blackbyrds, and touring as the lead background vocalist for the soundtrack to the upcoming film “The Identical” starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd) with her burgeoning acting career.
Stunning new artist Dominique Toney is currently funneling all of her creativity, abilities and experience into her highly impressive and personal A Love Like Ours debut â€“ released via the family company K-Tone Enterprises.
Check out Dominiqueâ€™s new single & music video:
â€œLoving Youâ€™s So Easyâ€
Photo Caption: Dominique Toney