||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (June 2008)|
Tony in 2005
|Birth name||Antonio Cruz|
April 23, 1977|
The Bronx, New York, New York, U.S.
|Associated acts||Terror Squad, Fat Joe, N.O.R.E., Heavy D, Mr. Serv-On, The Beatnuts, Big Pun, Donell Jones, Joe, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Remy Ma, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, Showbiz, Buckwild, Rockwilder, Younglord, Knobody, Sean C, Irv Gotti, L.E.S., The Infinite Arkatechz, Cuban Link|
Tony Sunshine (born April 23, 1977 as Antonio Cruz in the Bronx, New York) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, musician, producer, voice actor, dancer, actor, entrepreneur and rapper of Puerto Rican descent, famous for singing on a large number of Terror Squad's songs. He sang on tracks such as Cuban Link's "Still Telling Lies", Fat Joe's "All I Need" and Big Pun's "100%". He released his own single on Jive Records titled: "Oh My God" featuring Diddy and Dirtbag in 2004.
Raised in the Bronx, Tony was taken in at the age of 13 by Big Pun, who attempted to secure a recording contract for the teen. He took the name Tony Sunshine, and eventually became a member of Terror Squad. He currently has two children Shayleen Cruz & Antonio Jacob. Shayleen the oldest born in September of 1998 and Antonio born February 2002. In 2000, mentor Big Pun died suddenly of a heart attack, after which point Tony and Fat Joe began recording together in earnest. Tony has collaborated with R. Kelly, Ginuwine, Fabolous and Capone-N-Noreaga. Meanwhile, he is preparing to work with an infallible artist by the name of Love Goddess.
Tony Sunshine has sung vocals for Big Punisher on songs like "100%", "Laughin at You", and "My Dick". He has also appeared on some of Fat Joe's songs including "TS Piece", and "All I need". Terror Squad's debut album entitled Terror Squad was released in 1999, Tony Sunshine appears on several songs on that album also.
Fat Joe was able to finalize a record deal for Tony in 2005 with Epic and Sony BMG. Tony Sunshine was released from Sony BMG in May, 2006 and was signed to Urban Box Office. In November 2006, UBO folded, leaving the future of Tony Sunshine's 2007 debut release uncertain. Tony released "She's Like The Wind", that featured fellow New York artist Lumidee. There is an English version and a Spanglish version.
Tony Sunshine finally left Terror Squad in June 2008. Stated on a Myspace blog:
Everybody keeps asking me why I am no longer down with the Terror Squad. To answer everyone's question, let me start by saying that there is no beef. I left Fat Joe's camp like a gentlemen. I wish him and his family nothing but the best. But it was time for Tony Sunshine to stand on his own two feet and become a leader of his own movement. So now I'm a free agent. But I recently signed a management deal with Darrin 'Dee' Dean. The C.E.O. of Ruff Ryders Entertainment. And the rest is about to become history. I have a new road manager, d.j., street team, etc. So expect to see a new and improved Tony Sunshine for 2008. This is going to be my year. Not my summer! Dee has me currently working in the studio with producers like Swizz Beats & Neo Da Matrix. So expect new hot music from Tony Sunshine very soon. I need my fans to understand that I was going through a lot of industry bullshit. And that is the reason you have not heard new music from Tony Sunshine. But it is 'FINALLY' over. And I 'FINALLY' got the clearance to do me. And that's exactly what I'm going to do.
In 2010, Tony was signed to Jive Records and is preparing his first full length album with productions from Swizz Beatz and T-Pain. His first single "Say Hey" was released in July 2010 and was produced by Swizz Beatz.
- 2013: TBA
- 2001: "No Playaz" (featuring Angie Martinez)
- 2003: "Grey Goose" (featuring Fat Joe)
- 2004: "Oh My God" (featuring Diddy & Dirtbag)
- 2006: "Drop Ya Body" (featuring Dre)
- 2007: "She's Like the Wind" (featuring Lumidee)
- 2007: "Sunshine & Rain"
- 2007: "Love Em Both" (featuring Fat Joe)
- 2007: "If I Say The Wrong Shit"
- 2008: "Until The End"
- 2008: "I'll Wait For You"
- 2008: "Won't Let Go" (featuring Cristion D'or)
- 2008: "Playing With My Heart" (featuring Ernie Gaines)
- 2008: "Portrait Of A Fool"
- 2008: "Here I Am (Remix)" (featuring Jadakiss)
- 2009: "Cheater" written by Aramith Le'ere
- 2010: "Say Hey"
- 2011: "#1 Baby"
- 2011: "Downfall"
- 2013: "Don't Deserve
- 2015: "Its Going Down" (featuring Red Mcfly)
- Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: Terror Squad". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
- "Tony Sunshine - Still Shine". DatPiff. June 11, 2009.
- "Tony Sunshine – It’s Going Down (DD35 Exclusive)". BallerStatus.com. May 7, 2015.