(1964 - living) U.S.A.
Toshi is a singer-songwriter, producer, and full-time musician. She currently tours with her band "Big Lovely" and as a solo artist. Toshi attributes her musical abilities to her family, particularly her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon. Both parents belonged to SNCC's (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) The Freedom Singers, a folk group that sprung from the Civil Rights Movement.
This rich musical heritage helped Toshi become saturated with a wide variety of music, from blues to Kiss. This led to a musical style that not only transcends classification but also expresses an ingrained political consciousness. Believing music is the way she deals with her political energy.
In 2003 and 2004 Toshi celebrated the 30th anniversary of Sweet Honey In the Rock, the group her mother founded, by playing select dates with them throughout the year. Toshi's previous albums are her 1994 self-released debut, Toshi (1997), which brought Toshi to the attention of many critics and converted them into longtime fans, the acclaimed 1999 release, The Righteous Ones, and last year's self-titled album, Toshi Reagon. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.