Toshi was born in Atlanta, grew up in Washington, D.C., and has been living in Brooklyn, NY, for the past 20 years. Her parents were part of the Freedom Singers, who fought for Civil Rights in the ’60s. Her mother was also a founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock. Her music is powerfully soulful and clearly rooted in folk, gospel and the blues. Her presence on stage is electrifying and irresistible, and it’s no wonder - she’s been performing for much of her life. Reagon dropped out of college when she was invited to open for Lenny Kravitz on tour. Since then, she’s performed with everyone from Pete Seeger to Chaka Kahn, Dar Williams, Elvis Costello, and Ani DiFranco, whose Righteous Babe label she’s signed too.
Toshi also worked on several projects with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Sweet Honey In the Rock. In some ways, singer Toshi Reagon is a throwback to classic R & B artists, like Stevie Wonder or Prince, or old school rock groups like Led Zeppelin; she can take any style, update it, and make it her own with incredible ease. Despite (or because of) her genre-bending, Toshi fits comfortably on a stage at Carnegie Hall, or in a rock club. Toshi is an artist who’s known for energetic performances and an exemplary gift for writing engaging songs that provoke listeners to think and have fun at the same time. Her first big break came when Lenny Kravitz invited her to open for him on his first world tour. Her political consciousness is as ingrained in her music as the multiple genres she embraces.
Believing music is the way she deals with her political energy, she has said, "From where you are, from who you are in your everyday life, that’s where you make change - whatever your gig is, make change through your strength."