No amount of wishing can cause a red light to turn green. While you’re waiting, you can choose to be patient or you can run the light. Singer and worship song leader, Toni Groshek, chose to wait – almost a decade – to add the word “songwriter” to her bio with her debut album, Red Light – Green Light. This project features 10 original songs that tickle the ear (and the soul) with jazz, pop and funk arrangements, as well as Toni’s trademark, the power ballad.
Having grown up listening to the vocal stylings of legendary singers such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Maria Callas, Toni has channeled those influences into an ability to deliver a vocal phrase with clarity, passion and nuance. These vocal qualities were also fostered during her two years of graduate work as a Vocal Performance major at the University of Minnesota. Apart from that time spent in the Viking state, Toni has called Wisconsin her home. She is thriving in her career as a worship song leader in La Crosse, Wisconsin and has also started writing praise and worship music for her local church, Olivet Lutheran.
Red Light – Green Light chronicles the daily tensions that Christians experience in the context of living out their faith – busyness, fear, vanity, materialism, doubt, pride, and most importantly, the victory that one can experience over those struggles through a relationship with Christ. Reuniting many of the local musicians featured on the project, Toni and her band will perform the album at a CD release concert on Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 PM at Olivet Lutheran Church on French Island (2100 Bainbridge). Toni will also lead the audience in a number of worship songs, including two that she has written for Olivet. The concert is free and CDs will be available for purchase for $10. The digital album is already available online at Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and CD Baby.