New York, NY The Gospel Music Industry is abuzz as Tonya Lewis Taylor makes her debut as a TOP 20 artist on theBillboard Gospel Charts with her hit single “Thank You,” an upbeat head bobbin feel good contemporary track with a retro feel reminiscence of the Walter Hawkins classic of the same name. “Thank You” is the lead single off of her debut album“Delayed But Not Denied”(available on ITUNES) which features 10 tracks of TLT’ssoulful praise and worship style of music all of which she wrote and co-produced. It features a mixture of tear jerking ballads and foot stomping, jump outta your seat songs. The album offers something for everyone.
Delayed But Not Denied was recorded live in NYC’s famed MSR Studio, and according to Tonya, this album is the story of her life, “I wanted to record this album 20 years ago, but family, work, fear, doubt and my insecurities delayed my musical journey.” The overarching testimony of the album speaks to a dream deferred but not forgotten, Tonya is an example that it’s never too late to rise up to touch one’s destiny.
Since the release of her debut album Tonya has been afforded opportunities that emerging artist rarely receive. She was the opening act on the 32-city 2014 Festival of Praise Tourwith Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurklin. She has been featured on TBN withClifton Davis, and in concert onTBN’s 15th Street Live. Tonya has appeared on Bobby Jones Gospel, ABC’s Here & Now, MSNBC’s Melissa Perry Show just to name a few. Tonya Lewis Taylor is building a worldwide fan base and is inspiring people who areconnected to the message in her music and ministry. Tonya’s musical ministry has seen incredible momentum, blazing radio airwaves across the country and steadily rising up the Billboard Charts to Top 20!
ABOUT TLT: Tonya is so much more than a gifted singer, songwriter and producer. Truly a multi-faceted woman of excellence, who was a celebrity event publicist and marketing executive in the music industry for over 15 years and is now the head of a an award-winning drop-out prevention organization, Entertainers 4 Education Alliance/ I WILL GRADUATE PROGRAM she co-founded with her husband. Because of her work in the community, New York Daily News named her as one of New York City’s “Great People,” and she was named “Foot Soldier of the Week” by MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry. Her organization has also received accolades from New York City’s Mayor de Blasio, and former Mayor Bloomberg along with Governor Cuomo and former Governor Patterson. As a minister TLT is known to inspire spiritual rejuvenation by merging spirituality with the practicality of everyday life. Whether through her music, ministry or her educational activism, Tonya’s sincere and revelatory nature has engaged people across the country and beyond, inspiring them to pursue a lifestyle of success, and excellence!