Wed. Oct. 20, 2021

Toni Smith – (Ooh!) I Like The Way It Feels

Most Wanted! Toni Smith – (Ooh!) I Like The Way It Feels (Apexton Records)

On the heels of her memorable collaboration with Tom Browne on ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’. Toni Smith spicing up things on her first solo single back in 1983. And what an outstanding vocal performance she delivers on this boiling hot funk-driven gem, somehow reminding of Chaka Khan. With Hippie Torrales and Timmy Regisford responsible for the mixing work.

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Despite an undeniable talent as a songwriter and vocal arranger, Toni Smith never managed to get the recognition she truly deserved as a singer, only offered to release a handful of singles on her own. Beginning with the highly sought after ‘(Ooh!) I Like The Way It Feels’.

Quite ironical though in regards to an artist who started to sing professionnaly at the age of 12. And even more, remembering the ones she worked with as a vocal arranger, including Stephanie Mills and Meli’sa Morgan. Not to mention her presence on Tom Browne‘s ‘Funkin’ For Jamaica’. The twosome teamin’ up once again 14 years after on a cover version of George Benson‘s classic ‘Give Me The Night’.

Toni Smith also contributed to TZ‘s bouncing Electro Funk fuelled ‘I Got The Hots For You’. A track which S-Express sampled back in 1988 on the anthemic ‘Theme From S-Express’.

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