Three-time Emmy-nominated and Emmy-nominated environmentalist Toni Childs is planning an underwater concert on the Great Barrier Reef.
In 2020, Childs attempted to sing underwater off Michaelmas Cay before bad weather put an end to the experience.
“The idea was to inspire people around the world to invest in restoring the Great Barrier Reef and other reef systems around the world,” she said.
“I bought bubble headphones in Japan so I could sing underwater, I had custom made in Australia speakers that can play underwater, and I played music that I had written. with my husband.”
Now Childs will be attempting the gig again in locations across the Great Barrier Reef.
“In July we will be leaving with local doctors and scientists and we hope to perform and film the concert with minke whales,” she said.
“This is part of my 360-art installation, which will travel in an 80-foot (24-meter) dome across regional Australia.
“All of this supports the legacy of the Great Barrier Reef and their coral bank.
“This is where they take the coral species out of the ocean to protect them and repopulate them outside of the bleaching environment so the coral can survive.
“We will also give people the opportunity to sponsor coral.”
Funding together to go to reef research
Childs will also be performing in Cairns as part of his retrospective tour.
“The show will be divided into two halves; the first half, I’ll be playing fan favorites for the past 30 years, ”she said.
“The second half will be new music from my two new albums that I will release in the future.
“I will use the funds raised through the concerts to help with the underwater concerts scheduled for later this year.”
Childs, who was born in California and moved to Hawaii as an adult, became a permanent Australian resident after moving here in 2012.
“I had new projects I wanted to work on and there was no way to produce them in Hawaii, I had to make a big decision to move and it made sense to move to Australia,” he said. she declared.
“I thought, ‘Where on the planet do I want to be?’ and I thought I wanted to live in Australia.
“Places like the far north of Queensland remind me of Hawaii. When I go to the Great Barrier Reef and look at Cairns and the mountains, it reminds me of Hawaii.
Toni Childs is performing at the Tanks Art Center this Saturday.