Toni Halliday

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Toni Halliday
Toni Halliday - Live in London 1995.jpg
Toni Halliday live at The Garage, London in 1995
Background information
Birth nameAntoinette Halliday
Also known asToni Halliday
Born (1964-07-05) 5 July 1964 (age 55)
OriginParsons Green, London, England
GenresAlternative rock, electronica, shoegazing, dream pop
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar, bass guitar
Years active1978—present
LabelsCharisma, Anxious, FatLip, Universal
Associated actsCurve, Chatelaine, Photofitz, State of Play, The Uncles, Scylla, Bonk, Robert Plant, Recoil, The Future Sound of London, Leftfield, Freaky Chakra, Headcase, The Killers, Bias, Acid Android, DJ? Acucrack, Orbital

Antoinette "Toni" Halliday (born 5 July 1964) is an English musician best known as the lead vocalist, lyricist, and occasional guitarist of the alternative rock band Curve, along with Dean Garcia.

She was also a member of the bands Photofitz, The Uncles, State of Play and Scylla. Halliday released solo work as Toni Halliday and Chatelaine, she collaborated with artists like Robert Plant, Recoil, The Future Sound of London, Leftfield, Paul van Dyk, Freaky Chakra, DJ? Acucrack, Headcase, The Killers, Acid Android, and Orbital.

Halliday has a contralto vocal range.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Halliday was born on 5 July 1964 in Parsons Green, London, and brought up in various locations across Europe, before eventually settling in Washington New Town, Tyne and Wear.

From 1978 to 1980, Halliday was the lead vocalist in a punk rock band named Photofitz (initially called The Incest), after which Toni left to start a solo career.

The first commercially released recording to feature Halliday was the single "The Smile and the Kiss" (1983) by the group Bonk, on which she performed uncredited backing vocals; the following year, Halliday's new band The Uncles released the single "What's the Use of Pretending", whereupon the singer returned to performing backing vocals for other artists, including the Robert Plant albums Shaken 'n' Stirred (1985), and Now and Zen (1988).

In 1985, Halliday and multi-instrumentalist Dean Garcia formed the band State of Play together with Garcia's wife Julie Fletcher and Eurythmics drummer Olle Romö; the following year, State of Play released an LP on Virgin Records titled Balancing the Scales, a non-hit album that spawned two singles: "Natural Colour" and "Rock-a-bye Baby".

After the subsequent demise of State of Play, Halliday made another attempt at a solo career, her album Hearts and Handshakes (produced by Halliday with Alan Moulder) was released in 1989, a year after it was finished, and four singles were taken from it, "Weekday", "Love Attraction", "Time Turns Around", and "Woman in Mind".


Dean Garcia had played on Hearts and Handshakes, and the pair now collaborated to form Curve, with Halliday serving as lead singer, their partnership would last from 1990 to 2005. The group's main releases are the studio albums Doppelgänger (1992), Cuckoo (1993), Come Clean (1998), Gift (2001), The New Adventures of Curve (2002), and the compilations Radio Sessions (1993), Open Day at the Hate Fest (2001), The Way of Curve (2004), Rare and Unreleased (2010).[2]


In 1995, a year after the first, temporary dissolution of Curve, Halliday formed the band Scylla with Ricky Barber, Lindy Pocock, Fiona Lynsky and Julian Bown; the group toured small clubs in the summer of 1995. Scylla's only recording to have been officially released is the song "Helen's Face", which can be found on the soundtrack album for the film Showgirls. Another Scylla song, "Get a Helmet", can be heard in the Gregg Araki film Nowhere. Scylla recorded a 12-track demo with both Alan Moulder and Flood producing, but no album was released. A bootleg of these demo tracks can be found on the internet.[3]

Other work[edit]

Following the emergence of Curve in 1991, Halliday co-wrote and performed vocals on two songs ("Edge to Life" and "Bloodline") for the Recoil album Bloodline (1992), she collaborated with The Future Sound of London for the song "Cerebral" from Lifeforms (1994), with Freaky Chakra for the song "Budded on Earth to Bloom in Heaven" from Lowdown Motivator (1994), and with Leftfield for their No. 18 UK hit "Original" from Leftism (1995). She was also featured on "Original"'s music video.

In 2002 Halliday recorded a number of songs with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with plans to release an EP. By the end of the sessions there were enough songs recorded for an album with a working title of "For Tomorrows Sorrows". For unknown reasons the album remains unreleased with the exception of the title track which was unofficially uploaded onto the internet. One other song titled "All Flesh Is Grass" was made available on a very rare CDR by the label.

Halliday also collaborated with Headcase, Bias, Acid Android and DJ? Acucrack. In 2006, she was featured on the first The Killers Christmas track, "A Great Big Sled", she contributed vocals to Orbital's soundtrack for the 2012 re-make of the film Pusher.


In February 2008, Toni introduced a new solo project on MySpace called Chatelaine.[4] Chatelaine's debut album Take a Line For a Walk was released in June 2010, it featured nine new tracks: "Broken Bones", "Oh Daddy", "Life Remains", "Stripped Out", "Shifting Sands", "Killing Feeling", "Take a Line For a Walk", "Head To Head" and "Seen and Lost".

Halliday continues to work on the next Chatelaine album and other forthcoming collaborations. In April 2013 Halliday contributed vocals to a new track "Lost In The Noise", a collaboration with Huw Williams; the track can be found on the compilation Ethereal Electro Pop on Altitude Music. Another new Toni Halliday track for 2013 (co produced by Louise Dowd) called "Down In A Dark Place" can be heard in a trailer for the television programme The Vampire Dairies. Along with "Down In A Dark Place" two other new songs "Nowhere To Hide" and "Now The Time Is Here" appeared.[5]

Halliday's song Nowhere To Hide was officially used in Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 promotion and advertising.[6]

Halliday released a new song "Suffragette" in November 2016 on the compilation album The Song Method 2, it is available on I-Tunes. [7]

Halliday released four new songs in December 2017. "Deep State" and "Crashing Cars" can be found on the compilation album The Song Method 3, "Rebel Tattoo" is on the compilation album Psychadelic Indie and "Feel The Light" featuring Karen O on backing vocals can be found on the Swagger And Attitude 2 compilation. There are now enough new songs to release a compilation of solo recordings, whether Toni will release one in 2019 is still unknown.

In 2017 Dean and Toni contemplated a Curve reunion but ultimately Toni decided to decline for the moment.

A new song "Voice of a Girl" was released in May 2019 on the compilation Female Songwriter for television and film through Universal Music. Halliday co wrote the song and sings backing vocals on the track but Louise Dowd (Chatelaine collaborator) sings the lead vocal.

Personal life[edit]

Toni Halliday is married to the British record producer Alan Moulder.[8]


State of Play[edit]

  • Balancing the Scales (1986)

Toni Halliday[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Hearts and Handshakes (1989)
  • For Tomorrow's Sorrows (recorded 2002 with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, unreleased)


  • "Weekday"
  • "Love Attraction"
  • "Time Turns Around"
  • "Woman in Mind"



  • Demos (recorded 1995, released 2008)


  • Take a Line For a Walk (2010)


Halliday provided vocals on the following songs:

Year Song Album
1983 Bonk – "The Smile and the Kiss"
1992 Recoil – "Edge To Life" Bloodline
Recoil – "Bloodline"
1994 The Future Sound of London – "Cerebral" Lifeforms
1995 Leftfield – "Original" Leftism
1995 Freaky Chakra – "Budded on Earth to Bloom in Heaven" Lowdown Motivator
1998 Freaky Chakra - "Dreams" "Blacklight Fantasy"
1999 Headcase – "Lola" Mushiness
2000 DJ? Acucrack – "So To Speak" Sorted
2000 Bias – "Things That Dreams Are Made Of" Many Are Called, Few Succeed
Manchester United: Beyond the Promised Land
2003 Acid Android – "Faults" Faults
2006 The Killers – "A Great Big Sled" (RED) Christmas EP
2012 Orbital – tracks 1–23 Pusher soundtrack

She also provided backing vocals on the following releases:


  1. ^ "Beauty: Smoky Eyes, the Importance of Good Tools and Curve's Toni Halliday". 18 November 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Toni Halliday - Biography | Billboard". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Home – Scylla's Music". Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Chatelaine | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  5. ^ LUSH, BRIAN. "ROCKWiRED iNTERViEWS TONi HALLiDAY". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ Ariel Matias (26 February 2014), Canción Promocional de ESPN JJ.OO Sochi 2014, retrieved 27 April 2016
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Alan Moulder: Self-taught audio kingpin". Retrieved 25 March 2015.

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