Toni Romiti

K & Z Presents Toni Romiti

Toni Romiti

Trinidad Cardona, AmirSaysNothing

Thu, July 13, 2017

7:00 pm

Club Red

Mesa, AZ


This event is 12 and over

Toni Romiti
Toni Romiti
March 24, 1995, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.

San Pedro, California, U.S.A.

Antoinette Nicole Coleman (née Romiti) is an American R&B singer of Italian descent.

She was born on March 24, 1995 in Englewood, Chicago, Illinois to mother Janice Romiti (née Dot) and father Mark Romiti. She has a younger sister, Tina White (née Duckworth), who has a son named Aiden. Antoinette Romiti is also the younger cousin of rapper Kendrick Lamar, singer Sparkle (2), actor Jussie Smollett and entertainer Jennifer Hudson. Her aunt is former professional wrestler Jazz.

When Romiti was 12, his father was shot to death after an argument with a rival gangster. As she was enrolled into Lake View High School, her mother registered her to be part of a basketball team. While in Lake View High, Antoinette Romiti met rapper Young Pappy (who was born the same year as Romiti, but two months younger than her).

In 2011, while singing Rihanna's "Umbrella" in a locker room, a friend noticed her singing and started calling her Toni Romiti, a stage name that tributes to fellow R&B singer Toni Braxton. Interested, she listened to her cousin Jennifer Hudson, Michel'Le, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Usher. Two years later, after uploading a video of her singing a cover of India Arie's "The Truth", Toni Romiti got her first summer break, working with underground rap star Speaker Knockerz. During this time, Romiti was living in San Pedro, California to record her debut studio album, while unsigned at the time. She was in talks to sign with entertainer/businesswoman Beyoncé's label, Parkwood Entertainment, but the deal never materialized. That same time, she attempted to sign with rapper T.I.'s label, Grand Hustle. However, T.I. declined his chance to do so. Then, she requested for a deal with Def Jam Recordings, but unfortunately, due to the success of August Alsina, the label was too occupied.

Romiti returned back to Chicago to finish high school, and then, reunited with Young Pappy, her long time friend and classmate, who was on the verge of starting his own label, T.F.G. Ent., after he entered into the rap game.

After Pappy asked Romiti to join his label, she agreed, but Pappy's sister, who was his manager and chairwoman of T.F.G. (at the time, prior to Pappy's passing), decided not to let this happen, making fun of her singing voice. This also caused a friction between Romiti and Pappy's friendship. However, the former was dating the latter's step-brother, Ray "BuDouble" Thomas, who was also a rapper himself. Both Toni Romiti and BuDouble were in a romantic relationship from August 26, 2013 until February 9, 2014, when it turned out violent. The former accused the latter of physically and sexually attacking her, while on drugs. BuDouble denied ever having touched her harmfully and was giving a three-year restraining order from Romiti's lawyer, thus disallowing him from ever talking to and walking within 15 yards towards the young up-and-comer.

During January 2014, she recruited with Speaker Knockerz (again), for the single, "Scared Money". The single was released in August, five months after Speaker Knockerz's death. Romiti attended his funeral, but was not allowed to use electronic devices at the event, as prohibited by his parents. Later on, she graduated from Lake View High School.

During which, she attempted to apply to attend UIC, but her mother, Janice, and sister, Tina, both disapproved of it. Instead, Janice Romiti enrolled her daughter to Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, so she could study religion, but much to Toni's displease. After Toni Romiti was forced into the university, she would somehow get expelled along with five others, after they were all caught with drugs and guns in possessions. A month later, she enrolled into the University of South Carolina on a basketball scholarship, but after eight games played, she was later expelled again, from both the team and university, after an altercation with a basketball coach.

Shortly after she was expelled from both colleges, she was also kicked out of her mother's home, and lived with a friend. After releasing her debut solo single, "Nothing on Me", in September 2014 (the music video was released in late 2013), she caught the attention of Ted "Touche" Lucas, who signed Romiti onto his label, Slip-N-Slide Records through a distribution deal with eOne Music.

From that point on, she released many follow-up singles and accompanying music videos. In June 2015, she was rewarded a 10-year partnership with streaming service Spotify, to help promote and release her music exclusively through the service. That same month, after hearing about her friend, Young Pappy's death, a month earlier, she flew back to Chicago (again), to attend his funeral.

On May 6, 2016, two months after her birthday, she married rapper Fredo Santana. Today, Toni Romiti currently resides in San Pedro, California with her husband. In June, she released her debut studio album, Just Like You, on Slip-n-Slide/eOne Music.

Toni Romiti gained little controversy with feuds, which include rapper Miss Mulatto and singer Teairra Mari. Romiti is also recognized to such audiences and fans as a sex symbol, due to her lyrical content and performance on such music videos. She is often influenced by her cousins Jennifer Hudson and Kendrick Lamar's respective music careers. Her fan club is known as the "Romiti Gang", different from her slain friend, Speaker Knockerz's label name, Talibandz Gang.
Venue Information:
Club Red
1306 W. University Dr
Mesa, AZ, 85201