Having led a rather dark existence during her childhood, Toni Childs (b. Orange, California) faced one of two options: a descent into violence, or, a journey of self discovery.
Thankfully she opted for the latter and a extra-ordinary talent was born. The voyage saw Childs live in London, for a while writing lyrics for a Nigerian band. Returning to L.A., she fronted Berlin before backing David & David on their 1986 masterpiece Boomtown. An affair with David Rickitts ensued and together with producer, another David (Tickle) began work on what became her debut Union, which in turn took her to Paris and Swaziland during its production. Issued to critical acclaim in 1988, Union's nine tracks are nothing less than articulated craftsmanship, fusing drum programmes, synth layers, ethnic percussion, dashes of guitar and even cellos.