1988 Toni Childs – Union

Union is the debut album by American singer/songwriter Toni Childs. Released in 1988, the album peaked at #63 in the US (where it has since been certified Gold for sales of over 500,000 copies). It also peaked at #1 in New Zealand where it was certified 5x Platinum (75,000 copies sold).

The album was recorded in London, Paris, and Swaziland. Following its release, Childs was nominated for two Grammy Awards for ‘Best New Artist’ and for ‘Best Rock Vocal Performance (Female)’ for the single “Don’t Walk Away”.


Don’t Walk Away (Phil Ramacon; Toni Childs) 04:01
2  Walk And Talk Like Angels (David Ricketts; Toni Childs) 04:36
Stop Your Fussin’ (David Ricketts; Toni Childs) 04:06
4  Dreamer (David Ricketts; Toni Childs) 04:59
5  Let The Rain Come Down (David Batteau; David Ricketts; Toni Childs) 04:51
6  Zimbabwae (David Ricketts; Toni Childs) 06:20
7  Hush (Toni Childs) 04:04
8  Tin Drum (David Ricketts; Toni Childs) 05:42
9  Where’s The Ocean (Toni Childs) 04:49


BassToni Childs
BassDavid Ricketts
DrumsRick Marotta
Drums (programming)David Ricketts
GuitarDann Huff
GuitarDavid Rhodes
GuitarAlex Weir
GuitarDavid Ricketts
GuitarToni Childs
KeyboardsJeff Martin
KeyboardsSteve Hogarth
KeyboardsDavid Ricketts
ProgrammingGary Barlough
HornsGary Barnacle
HornsJohn Thirkell
HornsPeter Thoms
SaxGeorge Lee
BassoonPaul Hanson
CelloHans Christian
PercussionAlex Acuna
VocalsToni Childs

Backing Vocals

Backing Vocals – Crystal Wilson, New Generation (Zambia), Penni Wilson, Renee Geyer, Sibane Semaswati Singers (Bhunya, Swaziland)
Backing Vocals (New Generation (Zambia)) – Andrew Zulu, Eddie Yumba, Frank Chitembwe, Justin Ndhlovu
Backing Vocals (Sibane Semaswati Singers (Bhunya, Swaziland)) – Elliot Nhcabatsi, France Mntshali, Jabulane Ngwenya, Job Masilela, Leonard Khumalo, Richard Mabuza, Salamba Dlamin, Samuel Mbuyisa, Sipho Hlatshwako, Titus Mabuza

Liner Notes

Producer – David Tickle
Co-producer – David Ricketts
Engineer (Additional) – Angus Davidson, B.K., Bill Dooley, Bob Vogt, Chris Fuhrman, Clark Germain, Joe Schiff, Julie Last, Steve MacMillan
Engineer (Assistant, Additional Recording) – Saul Raye
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
Mixed By – John Potoker

Art Direction – Chuck Beeson, Melanie Nissen
Design – Melanie Nissen
Painting – John Howard
Photography By – Victoria Pearson

Recorded At Avatar, Malibu, CA
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Ebusia Records
Recorded At Utopia Studios
Recorded At Studio Marcadet
Recorded At Ground Control Studios
Recorded At A&M Studios
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