Toni Deckers has been singing jazz and gospel music since she was five years old. While she's equally at home singing jazz standards in the clubs as she is in church, her first love are the old jazz songs her parents listened to when she was young.
Toni's voice has been described as "smooth and rich, like really good chocolate." She has a cool sound that sets her apart from today's singers, but her style is familiar and embracing, perfect for traditional jazz vocals. Her music makes audiences of any age feel sentimental and young at heart.
Like many singers, Toni began singing as a young girl, and soon moved on to other venues — performing in college, singing for other churches, and special events. She was immersed in jazz at a young age, when she raided her parents' record collection, and got hooked on Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee for life.
Toni has performed for private parties and special events, at wineries, dinner clubs and restaurants, arts festivals, and jazz clubs, including sitting in with the Cool City Jazz Band at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis.
She says. . . "Loving jazz at that age didn't make me one of the coolest kids in school, but I never cared. It makes me nostalgic for "the good old days," even though I missed them myself. I love performing and watching the audience sing along, their eyes seeing memories long gone."
Toni has completed her first album, Shades of Blue, where she pays tribute to those songs from her childhood. She has already started working on her second album, and plans to be in the studio by the end of 2013.