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Music’s most powerful feature lies in its capacity to heal. Tonya Boyd-Cannon is a musician embracing that notion while pushing the envelope for soul, and music as a whole.

Many artists chase fame and riches, with short-lived careers forgotten in a hurry. Others create simply for the intrinsic satisfaction they get from sharing their love of music with the world. Tonya Boyd-Cannon falls into the latter category – a Mississippi-born, Louisiana-raised singer-songwriter who radiates unmistakable confidence and passion, and an individual who has truly dedicated her essence to the art form.

Her sound puts vibe front and center instead of confining herself to genre limitations. It’s a distinctive style that draws from her desire to give and heal others through music – ebbing and flowing from the most heart-wrenching ballads, to jazz, funk, rock, gospel, and everything in between. Paired with a delivery that is sharp, inspirational, and contemporary – fans have not only come to expect her unmatched dynamism and artistic versatility, but also her deep-seated authenticity.

Tonya’s illustrious career has seen her release many singles, collaborations, EPs, and full-lengths, all of which have received significant praise from media and critics alike. She was crowned winner of ‘Budweiser’s: Battle for the Crown’ contest and ranked in the Top 20 on NBC’s’ The Voice.

She performed at Alabama’s Bayfest, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Essence Music Festival, Mompox Jazz Festival (Colombia), Jazz at Congo Fair, New Orleans Gumbo Fest, Jackson Music Festival, and more. Additionally, she has opened for seminal R&B acts Anthony Hamilton, KEM, Jaheim, Cassandra Wilson, Rhonda Richmond, Danny Glover, and many others. 

Today, Tonya is currently touring with her band “The Family” along with Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. When Tonya‘s not performing, she teaches Vocal Music and Creative Expression to her students in classrooms and her students in the community. 

Tonya continues down her chosen path of revitalizing people through her brand of soulful, dynamic, and captivatingly robust music. For her, music and performing have allowed her to heal herself and bring vitality and happiness to others, and she still has so much to give.

“The Voice; where she was on Adam Levine’s team. Boyd-Cannon incessantly states,
“I love performing and connecting with people!
I hope my fans enjoy my music and the journey we are embarking on together.”


This pandemic has been brutal, life-changing, and motivating; at the same time. Canceled shows, tours, events, and classes opened all dates, on my calendar for future bookings! Weeks turned into months with no solutions in sight; until I decided to make lemonade! Virtual shows and interviews have become the new normal, and I look forward to sharing more with you!
Thank you for supporting me!
You are GOLDEN!




New Orleans Jazz Fest



Lower 9 Fest



Silver Spring, MD



In The Living Room w/ Tonya Boyd-Cannon - Jackson, MS



Pink PArty - Jackson, MS



New Orleans Excellence In Teaching Awards

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