Songs & Stories Podcast: S2, E8
Shallon Toré Craddock (aka “The Singing Doctor”) is an American urban contemporary gospel singer, contemporary Christian singer, and songwriter. She started singing in a gospel choir at a very young age. During her senior year of high school, Shallon had the opportunity to meet and sing for Reverend James Moore, a gospel music legend. In this episode she shares two original songs, “Glow” and “I Choose.”
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Connect with Shallon Toré: https://shallonmusic.com
Steve Roby: Let’s start out with where you began singing and how it developed into something more serious.
Shallon Toré: I grew up in the church singing in the choir, and I’ve always had a love for music, just all kinds of music, whether it be indie pop or my relationship with God. I’ve just continued to grow over the years, and pretty much most of my life has been walking with Christ really striving to live for him, and I would say in the last five or six years, I decided that I wanted to just give my voice to him. I didn’t want to go around singing different songs with other kinds of messages, I wanted to sing messages that just glorified him and shared his love with the world.
I began to work with a vocal coach about three to four years ago, Jesse Lane Powell. I’m also currently working with Allison Adams Tucker. They are both get they’re all both jazz artists and they would come here for the Hilo Jazz Festival. I just grabbed a hold of them just to start teaching me again.
Roby: Who are some of your major musical influences, along the way, and currently?
Toré: I love Kirk Franklin! I love Earth, Wind, and Fire, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and I feel like there are so many little pieces of that that I love and I integrate into my music because I really want a message that will be appealing to me. I want to share the message of Jesus, but I want to make sure I share it in a way that people want to hear it.
Roby: Tell me about your 209 Big Island debut concert. What was that like for you?
Toré: That was an amazing day! Several musicians from my church came and played. I also recruited some friends I have sang with on Praise and Worship teams out here in Hawaii. Pastor Mark offered his space at Christ Lutheran Church. We all came together on September 13th of last year and it was an amazing concert…