Who Is Toiné Houston?
"Houston" is a name which has dominated the music industry for an extraordinary number of years. Antoinette Houston, a.k.a. Toiné, is an African American Musical Artist who is rapidly changing the game for female MCs in the hip hop arena. Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, Toiné offers a variety of talents ranging from writing to performance art. Rather than adhering to the pressures women in the music industry face, Toiné speaks only from experience and wisdom, not glitz and glam. Affectionately known as "Young Flame" in the spoken word community, as a result of her constant efforts to spark/ignite emotion from her audiences, Toiné is now using her wordsmith gifts and reintroducing herself as a storyteller and musical entertainer.
Toiné's poetry and music have afforded her opportunities to perform across the U.S., capturing crowds with her “straight from the hip” delivery. The TVOne Network even nicknamed her, “the Jay-Z of poetry”, after chosing her as 1 of 4 poets (out of 400) to land their own commercial for the “My Black is Beautiful” Proctor/Gamble campaign and nailing it in 1 take! Her latest EP, "Love States..." is an soulfully eclectic mix of Neo Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz and House Music providing listeners a 9-track ensemble detailing a journey of 4 states/stages of love she feels as though one goes and grows through. The debut video for her single “Summertimmme” gives viewers a lovely reminiscent tale of young love and friendship growing up in Chicago. It is a mere taste of the vast stories this young artist is burning to share. Both her singles “I Remember” and "Summertimmme" have recently debuted on Chicago’s top R&B and Soul Station - V103. By incorporating the soul of hip hop with the raw passion of poetry, Toiné aims to spark feelings in the minds and hearts of her listeners.
Starting her career as a performance artist as a member of All Hype City, a unique film, theater, sketch comedy and improv production company based out of Chicago, Toiné was later featured on TVOne’s Verses & Flow Live and has also shared the screen with seasoned actors such as: Lawrence Fishburne, Delroy Lindo, Shia Labeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Beals, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. She's acquired featured extra and stand-in roles in Transformers 3, Contagion and Fox TV Network series: Chicago Code & Empire.
Off stage, Antoinette is a published author of Improve It!, a collection of essays on using analytics to accomplish more with SharePoint © 2015, and founder of A-n-H D’Zigns, a multifaceted Web/Graphic Design company. Musical Artist, Poet, Author, Speaker, Actress, Founder......Toiné is truly a Jane of many trades, though writing and performing for/to a vast range of audiences (breaking age and color lines) make her unique in her own right.
Toiné - Artist | Actress | Author | Founder