"Tomaca's talent is rare. She can sing any genre. She's got a very unique instrument and transitions easily from belting out Chaka's soaring notes to singing delicately like Minnie Ripperton to singing operatically.
She's can sing above high C which is considered rare..." - David Clark, PhD
"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.'"
However, her church singing wasn't what you are thinking. She was raised in a Lutheran church which helped Tomaca develop her natural, really big operatic voice. This was her "first" voice.
After being chosen to sing a solo during a school production in second grade, Tomaca was told that there was something special about her and her voice.
Tomaca sang solos in the choir in junior high school, but being a straight A student was more important. She put emphasis on her studies for the remainder of school and didn't sing.
She married young and had three children. After the birth of her first child, she auditioned for a band and the leader was so impressed 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 and 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 signed with Capital Records. Another song was recorded by Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill. To their dismay, they were never given credit for the song and happened to hear it on the radio. She and her husband chose to leave that avenue for the major music industry alone and moved away from it.
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. Though major opportunities kept presenting themselves, Tomaca would not leave her children.
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." She was later produced by Daryl Hayott, Sr., a multi-instrumentalist, who had been signed to the Warner label. This 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.
While she was writing and recording, she didn't participate in the band scene. Then she became a caretaker for a number of years and this also kept her from music. After that time passed, in 2019 Tomaca moved to Las Vegas to perform. After being there several months and just before the upstart of the trio singing group Diva Matrix, which she was going to be a part of, she decided to return to Connecticut. The death of her older brother initiated the move in addition to her missing greenery - trees and grass and comfortable temperatures - and family, among other many other things that New England has to offer. It's all in her Life News section of her website.
Tomaca is writing and creating original songs, working with a number of musicians and producers and plans to just keep the music coming. It's notable that she had the opportunity to have a song produced by Super Producer Al Lucero of California - "Love's Merry Go Round."
Add to all of this the re-emergence of Tomaca and live performances. She has a excellent band and is preparing to head to the studio to record music and create video in the summer of 2020. Because of the outbreak of the corona virus and the shut down of the U.S., actions with the band are delayed. But, she and the band look forward to performing after the return of live music to a variety of venues everywhere.
Some of my vocal influences are Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Queen Chaka Khan, Eleanor Mills, Stephanie Mills, Phyllis Hyman. There are many other singers who have impressed me and inspired me, but these ladies are the main ones.
As far as bands go - Earth, Wind and Fire is tops. Their songs give life. Following them is the music and lyrics of Stevie Wonder. I love full music and inspirational lyrics. There are other influences, but far too many to list here.
Some of Tomaca's Past Bands