Primary Instrument: Vocal
Tonye Scott sings and performs with spirit, heart, soul and passion. Tonye Scott was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Berkeley, California; however, her roots are firmly planted in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tonye's mother, who performed gospel and opera, inspired her. At the age of seven, Tonye made her first solo appearance, coached and accompanied by her mother on piano. In Junior High school, Tonye formed a female vocal group called “The Chimes”.
Later on in High School, she performed as a solo act touring the local circuit. Upon graduating from high school, she received a scholarship for her acting and musical talents and was given the opportunity to be one of the first to participate in the Young Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Tonye was a featured artist at the 1993 Festival at the Lake in Oakland, California. Tonye Scott and her Quintet also performed at the AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival in August 1999 to a standing ovation audience. In addition, Tonye and her Quintet performed for the San Jose Jazz Society Winter Jazz Series. Tonye relocated to Dallas, Texas in 2002. Since moving to Dallas, Tonye has performed for the St. Paul Gospel Jazz Series and performed in a women’s biblical play, featuring one of her original songs. She also performed for the Sammons Center for the Arts Jazz Series in April 2006 in a tribute to Shirley Horn again receiving a standing ovation. In July 2006, Tonye performed in San Cristobal de las Casase Chiapas, Mexico for the Jazz las Casas Annual Jazz Festival. Tonye has been blessed with the opportunity to work with many great musicians, performing as a duo act, as well as with a big band. It does not matter if the audience is one or one thousand...Tonye Scott gives her ALL. When Tonye Scott performs, you don't just SEE and HEAR her...you FEEL her.
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