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WHAT GENRE OF MUSIC DO YOU SING?
My favorite category to sing is R&B. I also sing rock/pop.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SINGING?
Ever since I was a kid, Late 80’s.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START SINGING?
My father, when I was young he would have me sing karaoke (when it was the craze) with him for my family. Sure the majority of it was country, but It was the start of my discovery. This was down in Florida where I used to live. When we moved to New York, he opened up his own business, a produce stand, and he always had me sing for all the customers. Some would just come, just to hear me sing.
WHAT WAS THE LARGEST CROWD YOU HAVE PERFORMED IN FRONT OF?
Jan 1st, 2008 12:10am, I performed the new years party at the Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde Club in Manhattan. 3 full floors falling in love with my vocals, lol. It could have been that they were all drunk, but I beg to differ.
HAVE YOU BEEN PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED? WHERE AND BY WHOM?
I was a Tenor 2 in High school Men’s Choir. That is all.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF MUSIC AND WHY?
R&B, One thing is that it gives you a chance to get out your personal feelings in a way that other people can understand and relate. This was how I told my ex how I really felt and this was when I discovered that I have the voice I do. I knew she wouldn’t understand my feeling by just telling her or writing to her. So I wrote my first song, called “Look Back Past.” It talked about how I loved everything she did and it soon dwindled to a undying hatred from all the lies and cheating that was going on behind my back.
WHAT ROCKSTAR DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
Sean “Diddy” Combs is definably a person that I look up to. He doesn’t only have one goal or on train of thought. That is what I appreciate, as I think the same way. I don’t want to stop with just one thing; I’m a hungry guy and want a piece of everything the world has to offer. With people like Diddy showing that it can happen, it gives me that extra nudge and want to be as successful.
WHAT OBSTACLES, IF ANY HAVE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO PURSUE YOUR LOVE OF SINGING?
Obviously, the first is color. This is something I still battle, when anyone hears a song I did, they never believe it’s me. Straight out of their mouth comes “There is no way it’s you, that’s a black man!” I always have to sing the song on the spot to prove it is really me.
ASIDE FROM A SINGING CAREER, WHAT PROFESSION WOULD YOU LIKE TO PURSUE AND WHY?
Acting; I love watching movies, but not just for the action, comedy, or script. But for the world it puts you in for the 2 hours you are watching it. I want to be part of that world that captivates others. Many times I sit there and say to my friends, Damn, I would have loved to been on the set.
Additionally, a celebrity presence would assist in making my company have that much larger of a Fanbase. Once people fall in love with you and become your fan, they begin to support all this you do.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
So who The F**K Is Tony Money, aka T$ anyways?
Mr. Hollywood, Tony Money, also known as T-money and Money, was born with a not so easy path of life.
"Some people are born into the world, successful, some without home, and others are born in the median. For those that have nothing or little of, they must struggle to make something of themselves; Most of the time their childhood dream never comes true. Most work until death at a place that they know will take them nowhere, but have no choice, since they are so used to failure; they have no time for success." -Tony Money
After living through so much negativity in his life, Money was starving for success and happiness. Shortly after, his first company was conceived and soon started his venture into a world he would have never thought of. Throughout this time, Money had learned so much about the industry and what he wanted to change, but he would first have to walk away from his original dream and 4 years of hard work before becoming successful.
"Walking away from a dream that you made into something is hard. It is even harder when I have people that believe in me and what I have made."
"It was time for me to take the experience learned and apply it to this thing called success." - Tony Money
Currently Owns two businesses one in Real Estate and the other in Entertainment.
WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OF EDUCATION?
Graduated High School in 1998
Took Visual Communication/Computer Science in College
WHAT SCHOOLS HAVE YOU ATTENDED?
To be honest with you at one point in time, I was bounced from school to school in Florida. One of my parents cheated on the other and I was faced with the choice that no kid should have to be faced with. What parent do you want to live with? Although I wanted to choose my father, as I knew my life would be better off, I chose my mother, because I felt she needed my protection. From there we bounced from one place to another. My dad took her back and the moving started all over again. (This is a huge story, but another time)
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I own two businesses. My first one is a REO for the Real Estate business. My second is a company in which I co-own called, Social Lifestyle Inc. This company includes Shifted Magazine and the Shifted2u Television Show.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY:
I love my family, on my dad’s side. I don’t know my mom’s side of the tree. She chose never to talk to them and now has no idea where any of them are. My sister has a child that was born with club feet and hands and has been through a lot in such a little time. That kid is a trooper and is always fighting. My father and sister are the only support I have from my local family in my goals and ambitions. I don’t live with either of them. My mother on the other hand thinks that everything I do that doesn’t make money is a waste of time. This pushes me to be even more successful so I can show her up!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Goldeneye, Eagle Eye, 1408 and Vacancy
BOOK? What do men have nipples?
SONG/ARTIST? Any 112 song, Ludacris, T-Pain, Kanye West, Al Green and J. Holiday
MAGAZINE? Front, Loaded or Fast Car.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
When I found out my girlfriend of 5 years had been cheating on me.
HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Crazy, life of party, center of the click, the support beam to all!
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH HARSH CRITICISM?
I love it! I’ve grown quite accustomed to it, dealing with the people I do within the entertainment industry. I appreciate honesty instead of a sugar coated response. That is how I am, I expect that same in return.
STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW:
ARE YOU CURRENTLY UNDER ANY RECORDING/TV CONTRACTS?
DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE ANY PUBLISHING DEALS?
DO YOU HAVE AN AGENT?
DO YOU HAVE A MANAGER?
YES- Shayne Aquino
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY UNIONS/GUILDS?
ARE YOU A CITIZEN OR LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?
ARE YOU LEGALLY ABLE TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES, FOR ANY EMPLOYER?
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