for surgery, I felt ugly. It made me realize that we are all
crippled trying to meet someone else’s standard. Beauty
comes from the inside.”
“People Pleaser” is a single from the album, and men
and women in wheelchairs have featured roles. The lyrics
reflect what Toni has learned: “So go ahead and do you,
and please don’t be a people pleaser.”
Toni lives in Houston now but performs all over the
country, including the YoungStroke conference in June
2015. Concerts require more energy than studio work.
“I have to practice more for stage performances because
I run out of breath,” she said. “Sometimes I stumble
because of drop foot. And I use a microphone stand
because my right arm is weaker, and I would rather use
my energy to perform than hold a mike.
“Life is not promised, but being differently abled
doesn’t mean I am not able to accomplish my dreams,”
Toni said. “I am no longer ashamed of how life altered
me; I am a better me because of it. Now I am here to
share my life, music, and inspiration with the world as a
Toni recently released her song, I Am Victorious,
dedicated to raising awareness of stroke in the young and
people with disabilities in general.
Watch Toni’s video for her new release, I Am Victorious. Proceeds from sales of the song support YoungStroke, Inc.
“I always spoke from
my spirit, but now my
perspective is different.
My compassion is on a
whole other level.”