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Toni Childs’ “unplugged & intimate” NZ tour begins

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Toni Childs – three-time Grammy nominated recording artist and Emmy winner – has now arrived in New Zealand for nine shows of her ‘Unplugged & Intimate’ tour, which is being driven entirely through support by Childs’ enthusiastic fan base …FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toni Childs’ “unplugged & intimate” New Zealand tour begins this week
Fan power driving force behind hit pop-singer’s concert tour
DECEMBER 1, 2011: Toni Childs – three-time Grammy nominated recording artist and Emmy winner – has now arrived in New Zealand for nine shows of her ‘Unplugged & Intimate’ tour, which is being driven entirely through support by Childs’ enthusiastic fan base in this country.

Toni is a celebrated singer/songwriter known for her powerful voice and inspiring independent spirit. With fans in 44 countries around the world, she has produced a list of international hits such as Don’t Walk Away, Stop Your Fussin’, House of Hope, I’ve Got to Go Now, and Because You’re Beautiful. On this tour, Toni will perform all these blockbuster hits, and showcase several new songs from her soon-to-be-released independent album Citizens of the Planet, which is also being funded entirely by support from her global fan base.

Toni will travel and perform in intimate venues in Matakana, central Auckland, Greymouth, Nelson, Timaru, Dunedin, Queenstown, Christchurch and Masterton.
FULL NEW ZEALAND TOUR SCHEDULE

DEC 2nd ASCENSION VINEYARD, MATAKANA
Tickets Gen Admin $89.90pp, theatre-style non-reserved seating. Pre-show dinner option from 6pm ($49) includes a free upgrade (but not show ticket which is additional) reserved seating area can be purchased separately. Only 100 places available. To purchase show and / or dinner tickets – Online (no booking fee) at www.AscensionWine.co.nz/shop Over the counter at the winery (no booking fee) By phone 09-422-9601 ext 2 ($5 booking fee per transaction)

DEC 3rd MICHAEL PARK AUDITORIUM, ELLERSLIE, AUCKLAND
55 Amy Street, Ellerslie. Doors open 6.30 p.m. Toni on stage at 8.00 p.m. Tickets General Admin $89.00 From ticketmaster: 09 970 9700 / www.ticketmaster.co.nz or from auditorium box office 09 579 3083

DEC 6th REGENT, GREYMOUTH
This is a fundraiser for the families of theMining Disaster Tickets General Admin $65 Box office (03) 768 0920 / www.regentgreymouth.co.nz

DEC 7th SUTER THEATER, NELSON
$130 Suter Theatre Box Office, Ph: 03 548 4699
159 tickets available (Keep the Faith CD with every ticket)

DEC 8th THEATRE ROYAL, TIMARU
$67 Merlins/Ticketek, Ph: 03 688 4160
1000 tickets available (Keep the Faith CD with every ticket)

DEC 9th WESTPAC MAYFAIR THEATRE, DUNEDIN
$67 tix @ Regent TicketDirect :: 0800 224 224 :: www.ticketdirect.co.nz.
400 tickets available (Keep the Faith CD with every ticket)

DEC 10th MOONLIGHT COUNTRY & STABLES, QUEENSTOWN
Gates open 2.00 p.m. Tickets General Admin $165 / single, $155 pp / table of ten Tickets available from: Wine Tastes Otago, Beach St, Queenstown, Wanaka Fine Wines, Helwick St, Wanaka, or by contacting Hollis: 0210 821 3057 or hollis@valliwine.co.nz

DEC 12th HAGLEY PARK GEODOME, CHRISTCHURCH
$67 tix @ Ticketek 03 377 8899 www.ticketek.co.nz
Only 400 tickets available (Keep the Faith CD with every ticket)

DEC 13th WAIRARAPA COLLEGE AUDITORIUM, MASTERTON
7:30pm – 11:00pm Doors open 7pm. An hour and a half outside of Wellington 700 tickets available Major Sponsor is Classic Hits 90.3 FM. Tickets will be selling via www.dashtickets.com or www.dashtickets.co.nz



Childs says, “I am looking forward so much to singing in New Zealand. I am a Citizen of the Planet, and my purpose is to inspire, so I hope this visit will raise the fun level in people’s lives and blast the doors off the hinges to our personal cages of limitation!”

Toni says New Zealand fans hold a special place in her heart as they not only gave her six singles in the NZ top 40 and three multi-platinum albums (including the #1 album Union) – they have responded to her call to become truly an independent artist.

By the time Toni arrives for the string of shows, New Zealanders will have contributed more than $120,000 to fund the recording of the new album.

Toni says she is hoping to make music industry history by raising awareness and manifesting the means to complete and implement her vision to promote her album in 14 countries around the world entirely through fan support.

“My fans have always been the driving force behind my career, and this is what you always hope to do as an independent artist: grow, evolve, take chances, and fly. It’s been important to me to make an album that I felt is relevant to our time. I feel with Citizens of the Planet I can say I’m doing just that.”

For the last few months, Toni Childs and her band have been deep into writing and recording the new album, all while posting daily video streams of her recording sessions in Victoria, British Columbia, with producer Joby Baker, filmmaker and fiance Mik Lavage, as well as musicians Bear Erikson (guitar), and Chris Van Sickle (keyboards). All four will be joining Toni on the New Zealand tour with Joby playing Bass, and Mik mixing sound. (Join Toni in the studio at www.hawaiistream.com/video/464 )

On the sound of the new album, Toni says: “Hooking up with Producer Joby Baker was the missing piece in my evolution pie. I could not be happier with how the album is cooking up. I feel that I’ve stepped thru a wormhole – into a whole new vibrant sound.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Toni Childs in what will be an intimate concert experience!

For more information on Toni Childs, visit http://www.tonichilds.com/ or visit http://www.causeyourebeautiful.com/ to watch and listen to the special song that won her an Emmy in 2004.

ENDS

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