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Toni Halliday

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Antoinette “Toni” Halliday (born July 1964 in Parsons Green, Fulham) is an English musician best known as the lead vocalist, lyricist, and occasional guitarist of the band Curve.

Halliday officially left Curve on 31 January 2005, having served as the group’s lead singer since 1991. In Curve, she had worked with multi-instrumentalist Dean Garcia; their collaboration had spawned a number of singles, EPs, and full-length albums. The latter include the following: Doppelgänger (1992), Cuckoo (1993), Come Clean (1998), Open Day at the Hate Fest (2001), Gift (2001), The New Adventures of Curve (2002), and the compilation The Way of Curve (2004).

Toni Halliday’s style of singing — influenced at the same time by the warm tone of The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, the more exotic warble of the Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser and the deep voices of Nico and Siouxsie — could be argued to have been an influence on Shirley Manson, vocalist of post-grunge pop-rockers Garbage. It has been claimed that in their music, Garbage appropriated large portions of Curve’s musical template, and constructed from it more ‘mainstream’ material, albeit with a certain ‘edge’ remaining. Curve and Halliday, meanwhile, never found the same degree of commercial success - perhaps as a result of their unwillingness to adapt their sound to the demands of musical trends.
The first commercially-released recording to feature Toni Halliday was the Bonk single “The Smile and the Kiss” (1983), on which she performed uncredited backing vocals.

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