Toni Land | Deep in Diamonds

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Deep in Diamonds

by Toni Land

This release introduces a more rootsy-Americana side to Land’s emotion-filled pop. Organic and acoustic sounding, Deep in Diamonds is a wonderful blend of bluegrass, country and rock and roll…intelligent, heartful and a whole lot of fun!
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Good for Me
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2. If I Wuz the Guy
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3. Bird
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4. Fake It for Love's Sake
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5. Devil's Twin
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6. Better With a Gun
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7. Since You've Gone
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8. Lynda
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9. I Own the World
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10. The Key
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Album Notes
Dynamic Third Album –
Rock ‘n Roll–Country Hybrid

“Sure-footed in her travels between
country and folk, with a confident
voice evident in both her singing and
Willamette Week

Toni Land is an award-winning singer/songwriter who is releasing her third
CD, “Deep in Diamonds.” The ten-song album introduces a more rootsy-Americana
side to her eclectic, emotion-filled pop. Land is also a renowned “performance
coach” designing and presenting workshops to music performers and corporate
The germ of Land’s new country-pop stylings grew out of her close
collaboration with producer/multi-instrumentalist Tim Ellis. Ellis lent the album an
organic, acoustic sound by taking a low-fi approach; leaving lots of room in the mix
to hear around the instruments. Land’s quirky lyrics and hybrid pop are supported by
Ellis’ virtuosic string instrument playing as well as the talents of many of Portland’s
top tier musicians including Carlton Jackson on drums/percussion, Jean Pierre Garau
on keys/accordion, and pedal steel/dobro whiz Paul Brainard.
Deep in Diamonds is Land’s most emotionally dynamic work to date. From the
brazen, white trash opener Good for Me to the hook-filled Triple A groove of Fake
It For Love’s Sake to the provocative Better with a Gun (about an old woman
who “feels better with a gun in my sweater”) to the delicate, poignancy of The Key,
The album rolls along like a live performance: Strong at the start, dynamic in the
middle and intimate at the end. It has an emotional range that comes directly
out [of] Land’s performance workshops. “I am more emotionally available from
doing the work of getting others to be more expressive and revealing of
themselves on stage,” says Land. “Women are emotional
creatures anyway. I can be ferocious, child-like,
brassy, non-elegant...elegant too. I’m
not any of that and I’m all of that. This is my own album and it highlights the multifaceted
creature we humans really are, nothing is flat.”
Land is also finding that her StageWork and The Power
of Performance workshops, are becoming more multi-dimensional.
Creator and facilitator of these unique programs, Land finds herself expanding
her presenter/performer training to corporate clients, such as Subaru, US Bank,
Silicon Valley execs, and new economy law firms.
Her ambidextrous career as a musician and trainer began during Land’s
college years. She simultaneously earned an MA in Speech & Language Pathology
while leading a succession of rock ‘n’ roll bands. After graduation, Land’s speech
therapy work centered on “voice” and “communication,” as did her musical
experiences - which centered on “songwriting” and “performance.” “I’ve always
been a songwriter,” explains Land. “I had to learn how to perform in order to
express my songs. That’s why I dove into learning more about performance.” In 1991
she gave up her speech therapy career and moved to the Northwest to devote
herself full-time to her music. Her charmed first album, Chocolate Cake for Breakfast,
landed on the Gavin Top 40 Adult/Contemporary Chart, earned national
distribution, and recently had the title song picked up by a prestigious Nashville
publisher. Since her move, Land has also been expanding her performance
workshops. Her new corporate client base developed after she turned seven
Subaru “executives” into a 50’s vocal rock & roll troupe for a one-time performance
at their annual meeting. Since then, Land has been using her “rock ‘n’ roll”
techniques to teach non-musicians from corporate settings how to become more
accomplished presenters.



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