|Tony was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a young boy he would emulate various artists such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass and many other artists from the Motown era. Like many of Tony’s childhood heroes, his young life was a struggle. Living in an orphanage at a tender age of 5 and as a foster child until maturity, there were many unanswered questions and growing pains. With all the uncertainty in Tony’s life, he was able to fi nd refuge in music.
While living in the orphanage, Tony was exposed to R & B, Gospel, Jazz and Soul music. He discovered that music had a profound impact of a solace nature for his piece of mind. When troubled with the diffi cult issues of his young life he would often isolate himself and sing his favorite songs. He would do this throughout his youth and unknowingly, self-trained himself to a fi ve plus octave vocal range. Tony made his solo debut at the age of 7 during a Christmas Concert that aired on the CHNS radio station.
In 1997, with the support of his family, Tony decided to pursue his dream and formed Tony Smith and the Mellotones. Tony Smith and the Mellotones quickly became an East Coast sensation.
Tony Smith and the Mellotones became one of the most sought after bands in the Halifax metro area. They played in numerous venues around the city, various festivals, special events, universities, and corporate and private functions.
Tony went on to receive an abundance of positive press and loving attention, from both fans and music industry professionals alike. Since he decision to make a life of music, Tony is ready to begin the next chapter of his successful career.
Tony Smith’s focus is on his skills as a songwriter while maintaining a repertoire of favorite Soul and R & B hits. Tony has a lot to draw on for inspiration in the form of love and support from his family and his life experiences. He continues to work as a Drug Councilor for adolescents with the Nova Scotia Drug Dependency Services. He also volunteers as a Guest Speaker for a number of organizations and agencies. His main topics deal with educating people on pertinent issues of youth development.