Toni Janke is a contemporary Indigenous female singer/songwriter & musician. Toni has been performed at major arts festivals and events across Australia over the past 15 years. After many years away from the Law Courts, Toni is ready to head back to the career she began years ago.
A descendent of the Wuthathi (Aboriginal) and Meriam (Torres Strait Islander) people, Toni and has worked in Indigenous arts, media, and entertainment as well as in government and community agencies. She has 2 teenage children and currently works in ministry in secondary education.
Minelle Creed caught up with Toni who talked about her career, her children and where life has taken her.
She has received awards in recognition of her contribution to Indigenous contemporary music as well as her song-writing ability, including a prestigious Deadly Award for Best Female Artist. Toni has recorded 3 CD albums of original music and began playing the guitar and writing songs at a young age. These include The Brink, Hearts Speak Out and Jewel of the North CDs.
She has two grown up teenage daughters and is involved in ministry work in the local community. She has a strong interest in social justice and working with people, especially women, in alcohol and drug rehabilitation as well in the criminal justice system.