Tonina comes at you from a lot of places, but she hits you in just one. Right where you feel it.
Kind of like what happened to President Obama, when he picked her “Historia de un Amor” as one of his Top 20 songs of 2018. Or the folks who named her one of NPR’s Top 10 Artists in the same year. The beautiful, singual voice, and how she uses it, gets inside you. (If you don’t already know it, listen to her St. Lost video below.)
She sings in English (she grew up here), Spanish (she studied and taught herself) and Sicilian (from mama’s milk.) She plays the bass, which she has learned from childhood before completing her professional studies at the Berklee College of Music. She comes from a musical family – her Uncle Tony Saputo – for whom she was named - was a musician in Reba McEntire’s band.
Her sense of her material is exquisite, from chilling to exuberant fun.
Having worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Javier Limon in Valencia, she landed a record deal with Empire. In more normal times, she tours all over the world.
We are very fortunate to have Tonina here and now for a live show, her Blue Strawberry debut.