US singer lighting the way
IT'S a route relatively unknown for celebrities of her calibre but American singer-songwriter Toni Childs resides in Byron Bay and defines herself as a regular human being on a mission to inspire.
On Thursday, the singer - who is best known for her songs Don't Walk Away and I've Got to Go Now - visited the Whitsundays for the first time as part of her yoga tour up the Queensland coast, performing a few shows here and there.
That morning she conducted a 90 minute yin-inspired yoga class at Yoga Therapies in Cannonvale.
Between classes she met with the Whitsunday Times at Capers on the Esplanade.
"I love it here... The water is incredible," the singer said, wearing a kimono-style dress.
It's a long way from home for the star, who was born in Orange, California, but she said it reminded her of a time in her life when she lived in Sausalito on the San Francisco Bay.
Ms Childs has also released her new album, titled It's All a Beautiful Noise, which she will perform songs from at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music in November.
"As an environmentalist, it excites me to play on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef," she said.
"There's a lot of new stuff - new music, a new time, new age and new place emotionally, spiritually and physically."
The singer was only expecting to stay for the day but was able to return on Monday to go out on the water.