"Your situation will change, just keep your goals in sight; Work through the pain, there's so much to gain out of life".
Tony was born in St Thomas , Jamaica in a little district called Ramble. From a young age Tony loved singing and also along with his four brothers were the natural entertainers in the district. The boys later joined their parents and new brother in England and very soon after leaving school all the boys followed the music scene , starting with sound system . Tony started to make a name for himself as a promising singer by entering talent contests all over London.
In the mid 70’s Tony’s older brother Desmond’s invited him to join his band Blackslate in which he was the drummer . Tony then became their first lead singer for a short time and gained valuable experience in opening shows for artists like Pat Kelly , Dennis Alcapone , Errol Dunkley , Owen Grey and many more.
Tony however left and resumed his solo career, recording for various local producers with only minor success. Tony went on to form the Chanters with brother Cecil and friends and released they some songs on the Burning Sounds label. After the Chanters broke up , Tony and Cecil and friends formed another band called The Mission Band , they played all over the UK .When the band broke up in the late 80’s , Tony went back to doing solo performing and recordings of which one song ‘ Aint No Love ‘ did quite well. It was about 1995 that Leon Lieffer, the founder member of the Blackstones vocal group asked Tony to join the group.
ony Mahoney, Junior Bailey and Leon Leiffer are three talented individuals who together create the beautiful sounds of The Blackstones. The Blackstones are regarded by many in the industry for bringing forward the traditional vocal style and sound that we have come to know from the likes of The Gaylads, Techniques, The Uniques, Wailers, The Melodians, The Paragons, The Pioneers, The Heptones, The Royals, The Clarendoians, The Chosen Few, The Abyssinians and many more. Who had helped to build the roots of Jamaican vocal style. These influence can be be heard in The Blackstones harmonies, powerful vocals, soulful melodies that will rock your soul.
In October 2004, The Blackstones were presented with an achievement award on behalf of the community for their contribution to the British black Music & Arts Industry as part of the British Black History Day. Tony Mahoney, Junior Bailey and Leon Leiffer are three talented individuals who together create the beautiful sounds of The Blackstones.