Toni Price was born in Philadelphia to adoptive parents. She soon sparked an ardent interest in music after falling in love with songs by the female blues legend Bonnie Raitt. Price moved to New Jersey and began playing a number of shows around the state, but after becoming disenfranchised with the lack of country musicians on the East Coast, she decided to pack up and move to Nashville. Thinking that she'd find an idealistic wonderland where she'd be encouraged to create music, Price kept running into brick walls because of the entrenched country music business. Nevertheless, Price played a lot of shows and grew as a musician. After accepting an invitation to perform at the South by Southwest Music Festival, Price traveled to Austin and immediately fell in love with the city. She released her debut album, Swim Away, in 1993 and since then, she has grown into a formidable and well-known voice in the Austin country music scene.