Showtime: 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Tony Hightower was born into a musical family. His mother is Theresa Hightower, the Atlanta based Soul to Blues to Jazz singer. Tony says that growing up with his mother, who raised him as a single mom, meant he went to all her shows and was exposed to many of the finest musicians in town. He says, “whatever you are around is going to be an influence.” A lot of what Tony was around growing up was jazz.
He got his first professional gig at 14 as a drummer and had a record contract as part of the neosoul group 4.0 right out of high school. He toured with the group for the next five years. He said he fantasized that “one day I’m going to make a record like Nat King Cole and perform in a tux holding a brandy snifter.”
Tony’s dream is coming true.
But Tony does more than sing–he writes some of his songs in the style of old standards at the suggestion of his mentor Freddy Cole. He has performed on stages around the world, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the prestigious High Museum. As a record producer, he has worked with Outkast, Goody Mob and Lionel Ritchie. Tony is the voice you hear on many commercials including ones for Coca Cola, Kroger and the Georgia Lottery, and as an actor, Tony has now toured with five of Tyler Perry’s plays.