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Guitarist Toney Springer has hung with the best of them, David Bowie, Jeff Healey, Bon Jovi, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Arsenio Hall. These are a few of the personalities that have been blown away by Toney’s music. Toney aka Wild T took his name from his home town of Tunapuna Trinidad, though one may find similarities to Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz & Eric Gales ironically it was Toney’s exposure to Steve Howe (Yes) that inspired him to pick up guitar.

Moving to Toronto in his early teens, Toney quickly gained a reputation in the mid 80’s… After being in Toronto for a few years Toney was voted best guitarist at the Canadian Black Music awards and has not looked back since. Jeff Healey saw a man with endless imagination, a man who could combine that imagination with an emotion that you couldn’t help but feel. “I followed him around like he was a Messiah, I probably learned more from Toney than anybody else, Toney’s been my idol for years,” said Jeff Healy.

Jeff Healey wasn’t the only one who noticed Toney’s rapid ascension through the ranks. David Bowie chose Toney to be his guitarist on his Black Tie White Noise album after seeing Toney’s video for ‘Midnight Blues’ on a tv show while in Montreal with Tin Machine (Bowie’s Supergroup), subsequently Toney appeared with Bowie on Jay Leno, David Letterman & Arsenio Hall & on Bowie’s making of Black Tie White Noise dvd prominently showcasing Toney…. “An absolute delight to work with” said Bowie.

The spiritual karma exchanged with his audiences has given Toney a tremendous reputation for fiery live performances.