"I will always be the five-year-old little girl
who just wants to sing."
Tomaca began singing in church as a child. Her aspiration was to be like her older sister, Nancy, who sang all the time. "Summertime" would ring throughout the upper floor of the house as well as many other classical songs.
"Her singing left an impression on me that lasted my entire lifetime. To this day my favorite song to sing is 'Summertime.'"
Tomaca sang a little in school, but put more emphasis on her studies. She married young and had three children. After the birth of her first child, she auditioned for a band and the leader wanted to take her to New York for involvement in musical projects he was doing for MTV. Her answer was "No." She was not going to leave her baby or husband to pursue this opportunity.
Shortly after her second child was born, she started vocal coaching with a wonderful woman who, upon hearing her sing, wanted to teach her all the great operas and to take her to New York to meet people. And, again - of course - she was not going to leave her family to pursue this opportunity.
Tomaca and her former husband wrote songs. One of their songs was recorded by Colorblind ("Come And See The Band"), a band with Capital Records. Another song was recorded by Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill. They were never given credit for the song and happened to hear it on the radio.
After her third child became older, Tomaca was in her early thirties and started singing in local bands. She worked full-time and sang part-time performing all throughout New England including Boston, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.
Eventually Tomaca stepped out on her own to front her own band. She performed at Foxwoods and a string of other locations. She became the regular for the national anthem for the famed UConn basketball teams and opened up for Kool & the Gang at the Oyster Festival in Norwalk, CT.
Tomaca came to a point where she stepped back from performing to get into writing again. She worked with Michael Terry from the Music Lab on the production of two of her cds, "Can't Replace A Hug" and "More to Life." Then trips to New York introduced her to Daryl Hayott, Sr. which yielded a CD entitled "Memory Lane."
Tomaca played the part of the radio d.j. in the film "Elevators."
She's sung commercials for local Connecticut industries and for the Jamaican Tourism Council. Tomaca has also done work as a voice over artist including a cartoon character for a training program.
She worked with Russian illustrator Njuta Vassilieva whose illustrations helped to bring her story, "Zandi's Magic Words," to life.
She is currently writing new music and preparing to emerge on the live music scene again.
Clip from a radio station interview on 90.7 FM
Tomaca's Past Bands