TOINÉ...A SOULFUL TASTE OF HIP-HOP
Emcee/Rapper/Lyricist | Spoken Word Artist | Model | Actress | Author, UX Engineer......"I Be....limitless, on purpose."
WHO IS TOINÉ HOUSTON?
"Houston" is a name which has dominated the music industry for an extraordinary number of years. Chicago native, Antoinette Houston, a.k.a. Toiné (/ Tow – Na /), is an American Entertainment Artist who is rapidly changing the game for MCs in the Hip-Hop Soul arena. Toiné offers a variety of talents in addition to rapping, ranging from lyrical storytelling and creative writing to performance art and acting (VO and commercial). Toiné speaks from her experience and lessons learned, not superficial glitz and glam. Affectionately known as "Young Flame" in the spoken word community, as a result of her constant ability to spark/ignite emotion from her audiences, Toiné uses this same spark as a gifted, lyrical wordsmith & hip-hop x soul entertainer.
Toiné has THREE studio albums, her latest ("Disturbingly Unconcerned") released in 2023 and a variety of recent releases available everywhere digitally (both with official music videos): "Unapologetic" and "Da Middle".
Her music and poetry have afforded her opportunities to perform overseas in the UK, as well as be featured on and across a variety of TV and Streaming platforms, such as Netflix, NBC, TVOne, PBS and WCIU. From having her single “I Remember” featured on Netflix x Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” Season 2 to personally being featured on the Steve Harvey Show and TVOne’s “Verses and Flow live”, Toiné continues to make her mark in the entertainment industry, one lyric at a time, capturing crowds with her “straight from the hip” delivery. The TVOne Network even nicknamed her, “the Jay-Z of poetry”, after choosing her for her own commercial for the “My Black is Beautiful” Proctor/Gamble campaign!
With three lyrically witty albums under her belt, Toiné continues to bring a soulfully eclectic mix of Soulful Hip-Hop, Neo Soul and House Music, providing listeners a musical journey like none other. Toiné has had several of her songs featured on Chicago’s top R&B and Soul Stations - 106.3, V103 and WKKC. Her album, "I Be." perfectly captures the embodiment of candor and freedom to be yourself (flaws and all) unapologetically...helping land Toiné her first UK Tour in Winter of 2019!
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 has shared the screen with seasoned actors such as: Lawrence Fishburne, Delroy Lindo, Shia Labeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Beals, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, as she’s worked on Contagion, Chicago Code, Transformers 3 & Empire respectively. Off stage, she is a leader in the STEM space, currently serving as a Principal User Experience Architect for Salesforce, founder of the STEM podcast, "The Experience (W)rap-Up" and animated series, "Eyez Just Saying", a published author of User Experience Research/Design and Data Analytics content and owner of A-n-H D’Zigns, a multifaceted Web/Graphic Design company.
Musical Artist, Engineer, Actress, Spoken Word Artist, Entrepreneur/Founder, Model, Author, Motivational Speaker/Mentor ......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.