By Kelly Harris
Some people may have been introduced to her on NBC’s “The Voice,” but New Orleanians were fans of Tonya Boyd Cannon long before she was on television. She worked with the Orleans Parish Prison choir and gigged locally and regionally before that national exposure. I talked with Tonya Boyd-Cannon about singing for television and remaining confident in a demanding industry.
1) Many people are just getting to know your music, but you’ve been pursuing music and performing for a while. Can you describe what life feels like these days to be Tonya Boyd-Cannon?
Life has been even more inspiring and motivating. My days start early and end late, majority of the time, but I cannot complain. Not only am I grateful to be me, but I am blessed to wake up and do what I love.
My dreams are not only mine, but they are my family’s as well. I want a successful career in music; therefore scheduling/planning is done with consideration of them and how my time will be spent. I also include “down time” where I am able to have “me-time” for meditation/prayer, fitness, vocal rest and lounging with my hubby.
4) Describe what it was like to the on “The Voice.” What don’t people get about singing on television?
“The Voice” was an awesome journey, where I was able to perform before some amazing, major artists/producers/writers and the world! These performances required many rehearsals, staging, wardrobe fittings, vocal rest, regular rest and more. “To whom much is given; much is required!”
To all artists, writers, designers, stylists, entrepreneurs, etc. “Never give up on your dream because you never know when you will wake up living it.”
Featured Image: Photo Credit: Romney Photography