2006 Songtalk Music
This Robert Wilson production, for which Bernice Johnson Reagon created the libretto and music, premiered at the Rhur Trienalle Festival in Germany. Inspired by the 19th century Gustav Flaubert, Reagan's score drew upon her intimate and long term study and performance of 18th and 20th century African American music.
On “Have You Heard,” Toshi Reagon calls the listener back to the heart of rock and roll with a voice overflowing with raw emotion. The infectious energy of her live shows is captured on this studio album, her first on Righteous Babe Records. An uncompromising brew of artistic exuberance and exceptional musical talent, “Have You Heard” can work as the soundtrack to a house party or an introspective walk in the park.
Working for the first time with esteemed producer Craig Street, Toshi Reagon delivers her most dynamic, intense, and cohesive collection of songs to date. Performed with a fervor and intelligence that captures Toshi’s talent both in the studio and onstage, Toshi provides listeners with a musical feast that is both gutsy and provocative.
This CD embodies a lot of the energy I have developed in my live shows while letting me experiment a little bit. My favorites are “Real Love,” featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock, and “This Moment,” featuring Helga Davis. I also love “Livin After All” and “Yes It Was.”
I made it in one day for friends. It’s me and my guitar, nice and simple, on the famous Folkways label. Check out the CD booklet and the piece written by poet Nikkey Finney.
The Rejected Stone
My first record. This record was on the cool folk label, Flying Fish, now Rounder Records. It has my recorded version of the Sting song “Walking in Your Footsteps” and my mom’s song “How Long.”
Original soundtrack from the WGBH four-part film of the same name, by Toshi and her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon.