If you ask Tonja to recall her earliest vocal performance, she would take you back to a little blonde haired, blue eyed girl singing “Jesus on the Mainline.” From the first time that three year old little girl stepped on stage to sing with her Daddy and his gospel quartet, anyone who knew Tonja would tell you that music was her destiny. While growing up Tonja and her dad would travel to every homecoming, family reunion and revival they could get to and share their love of God and music to all who listened.
Hailing from the not so big town of Pinetown, North Carolina, it didn’t take Tonja long to become a local favorite, and by the time she graduated from high school Tonja had traveled all over Eastern North Carolina singing with her dad as well as entering and winning several talent competitions. Tonja has a musical gift that has taken her from the stages of hometown churches to auditoriums, amphitheaters and everything in between.
It was her love of performing and a hope of pursuing a career in music that gave Tonja the courage to move to Nashville and chase her dreams. Fueled by the love and support of her family she packed up and began the journey. Tonja quickly realized the ups and downs that go along with trying to break into the music business. No stranger to hard work she concentrated on developing her skill as a vocalist and though she fought it at first, fell in love with the art of songwriting.
Tonja will be sharing some of her songs with us at Southern Gospel . Welcome Tonja to SGW 2021. She will also be assisting with the Diamond Awards show on Friday night.
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