Tony Sway is a product of the northwest being raised in Lacey, Washington and now residing in Oregon. Coming from a musical family Anthony Simmons aka Tony Sway picked up playing the piano at age 13 and taught himself how to play by ear. He soon started putting together songs and writing lyrics to them. He found himself being influenced by the likes of Michael Jackson, Al B Sure, Teddy Riley, Dj Quik, 2Pac, Frankie J, Boyz II Men, New Edition, Jon B, Janet Jackson, Jagged Edge, Alicia Keys, Ginuwine and many other artists in the game.
By the age of 16 he joined his first group with good friend (Jairus), producing and writing R&B/Hip Hop influenced songs with uplifting messages. In high school Tony Sway would later go on to join another group known as Variety aka RNbSmoove. Tony Sway recalls “I began writing and producing a lot of songs, we were performing at a lot of local shows and things were looking good. When high school was ending a lot of the members dropped out of the group but me and L Dub continued and formed our trademark sound called RnBSmoove.”
The duo worked relentlessly and found independent success with their first official album “Luv U Better” which climbed all the way to six on the I-Tunes chares in Greece. They also recorded a music video for the lead off single “Nobody”. After the success of the album Tony Sway felt it was time to step out and pursue a solo career. This culminated in Tony’s first project called “Around The Way Girl” which was an ode to the LL Cool J song. Tony Sway explains “I just wanted to pay homage to a legend so I used the same theme but added new verses, new beat, and a remixed hook.” The album was released digitally in 2009 and garnered Tony Sway a buzz in the underground R&B circuit.
Tony Sway started 2010 off mainly focusing on the production of other artists such as producing for Latin pop and R&B platinum star Frankie J. Tony produced the song “Finish What We Started” along with Frankie & A1,which will be on Frankie’s new album “Worth The Wait” coming in 2010!
Over the coarse of the year Tony Sway still managed to find time to record, write and produce in his personal home studio (Tsway Labz). “Throughout this My Confessions album my main focus was to draw from personal experiences and matters close to my heart” states Tony. A song entitled “Crys Alone” Tony speaks of the pain that single mothers go through without a father around to help raise their seeds. Tony says “ I talk about a young girl growing up with a disease and the pain she faces on a daily basis.”
On a lighter note, Tony Sway tells stories of fantasizing about his dream girl on “Fantasy Girl” along side hip hop star Stlyez Major who just happens to also be his younger brother. “Take U Home” brings you right into the feel of the Marvin Gaye or even Al B Sure era where the song was all about smooth talking the ladies with beautiful chords and lush pad melodies backing up the vocals just right! Towards the end of the set, it really starts to become almost like a live performance with more of and acoustic feel
on tracks like “What You Do To Me” which focuses more on the vocals and string arrangements with no type of drum pattern backing it which makes for a very intimate song.
“Everytime” goes straight in the song with a steamy electric guitar riff played by Antonio Rivera aka Young Santana along with smooth like harmonies, this track definitely sets the mood for the lovers! “My Confessions” ends up becoming & album full of emotional rollercoaster’s to make you feel good and that make you think at the same time! Tony Sway is taking on the underground R&B world by storm ,setting himself apart from the rest by doing all the production/lyrics/vocals and engineering on his own.
1. Fall In Love Ft Stlyez Major
2. Tempted To Touch Ft L Dub
3. Take You Home
4. Fantasy Girl Ft Stlyez Major
6. Lookin Sexy Ft Stlyez Major
7. Crys Alone
8. Shes Right Here
9. Touch You
10. My Baby Ft L Dub
11. What You Do To Me
13. My Confessions Outro (Instrumental)
Tony Sway Ft Stlyez Major – Fall In Love
Tony Sway – Take You Home
Tony Sway – Crys Alone
Tony Sway – Shes Right Here
Tony Sway Ft L Dub – My Baby
Tony Sway – Everytime