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LaTonya Holmes is a dazzlingly multi-faceted, 360-degree entertainer: singer, songwriter, actress and voice talent. Her most recent stage production was Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple.” She had a powerful co-starring television role on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Among her latest recordings is a dynamic cover of Diana Ross’ 1976 smash “Love Hangover.” And her most recent songwriting collaboration was with A-list legends Narada Michael Walden and Allee Willis on the driving inspirational anthem “Stand Up” - which is precisely what the world will be doing as it pertains to LaTonya…and taking notice.
Ms. Holmes is a Warner Robins, Georgia-native who sang her first solo in church at 7 - a pure, natural vocal and drama talent. She attended Chicago's Roosevelt University on scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.
Excelling in theatrical arts, LaTonya won the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role of “Lorrell” in Dreamgirls. Her talent and drive pushed her to earn recurring roles on Hanna Montana and Any Day Now. LaTonya’s lovely face has graced numerous television commercials for Toyota, McDonalds, Tampax, AT&T and KFC. And her elastic voice has brought loving life to the roles of “Flo,” “Vanessa” and “Mrs. Parker” on the PBS animated series Clifford’s Puppy Days. She’s even guest starred on Warner Bros.’ Static Shock, and Nickelodeon’s As Told By Ginger and Rocket Power.
LaTonya received guidance from many creative giants, including artist development under professionals from the camp of pop music guru Clive Davis. She was mentored by pop songwriting great Sami McKinney when she first moved to Los Angeles. She earned her West Coast stripes singing on a Dr. Dre production for Snoop Dogg, toured with pop stars Christina Aguilera and Macy Gray, and appeared as a principle vocalist on Stanley Clarke’s score to the acclaimed film Down in the Delta.
LaTonya toured the country wowing audiences in the inaugural Broadway National Touring productions of Little Shop of Horrors and The Color Purple while simultaneously executive producing her debut EP, Love Me Just For Me, featuring her gorgeous single/video “Beautiful Day” and the sizzling attitude jam “Google Me.” KJLH Program Director Aundrae Russell was so impressed he booked LaTonya to open for modern soul heartthrob Eric Benet: “the moment I felt my dream of becoming a successful recording artist was about to happen,” LaTonya gushes – “then ‘Life’ happened...”
While performing the role of “Nettie” in The Color Purple, LaTonya fell victim to a terrible staging accident that disabled her and debilitated her career progress for two years, under the care of four medical specialists a week during the entire tearful period. Instead of dwelling on the injustice, betrayals and setbacks, Ms. Holmes affirms, “I press forward and Give all the Glory to God for healing me. Without the test, I wouldn’t have a testimony…and my testimony is I’M BACK and better than ever - physically, spiritually, mentally and creatively!”
LaTonya’s triumphant resurgence received a tremendous boost when, after attending a Grammy Museum event and meeting 3x Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden (Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Phyllis Hyman), she later sent the master some of her music to which he enthusiastically responded, “Oh, you and I are definitely going to work together!” LaTonya took that blessing a step further and reunited Narada with Grammy-winning songwriter Allee Willis (Earth Wind & Fire, Pointer Sisters and who co-wrote Narada’s breakthrough 1979 club funk smash “I Shoulda Loved Ya”) and flew up north to San Francisco to collaborate with the power pair on two brand new songs.
LaTonya confesses, “Narada has been my dream producer since ‘How Will I Know,’ the first of several electrifying hits he produced on my favorite singer of all-time, the late, great Whitney Houston. And Allee I’ve adored since our first day of rehearsal in Chicago for The Color Purple when I saw her aimlessly wandering the streets, invited her to join me for lunch, and she surprisingly accepted!”
“My life’s motto now is DREAMS DO COME TRUE,” LaTonya Holmes concludes. “I am Living Proof! Never Give Up… no matter the obstacles.”
– A. Scott Galloway