For American singer-songwriter Toni Childs, the decision to pursue music during her mid-teens was arguably the best choice in her life.
Childs started writing short stories at an early age, before following the musical path.
‘‘I had this little 16-year-old idea that I could just sing and then eventually I would be able to flip it over to my writing,’’ she said.
‘‘You can tell with my songs that I’m pretty much telling stories.’’
Child cited 1988 as amassive year for her music career, with the release of her debut album Union which sold 200,000 copies in Australia and millions the world over.
The album featured the hit single Don’t Walk Away — the hit song that put Childs on the musical map.
‘‘Union was my very first album and it was being received after a lot of hard work,’’ Childs said.
‘‘It was a massive turning point and was when everything I had done was coming to fruition.
‘‘My 16-year-old’s dream was coming to life.’’
It was the beginning of something really special for the Californian-born singer, with Grammy nominations, sell-out tours around the world and platinum albums all part of her decorated 25-year career.
Despite being in the music business for about a quarter of a century, Childs has no intentions of giving up the microphone anytime soon.
‘‘I’m not giving it up until I get put in a box I think,’’ she said.
‘‘Music is my purpose and I just want to continue to grow and expand.’’
Childs will return to Bunbury for a show at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on August 15 as part of her 10-week Australia wide tour.
She will give audiences a sneak preview of her upcoming release Citizens of the Planet, something Childs described as a ‘‘state-of-the-art experience’’, as well as plenty of her old hits.
For tickets contact the BREC ticketing office on 1300 661 272 or visit www.bunburyentertainment.com.