Shidan Toloui-Wallace is one of the most admired contemporary chanters in the Bahá’í world. Her reputation was established during the time she served at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa from 1991–1997. Shidan was regularly selected to chant on special occasions of many hundreds of Bahá’ís from all part of the world. The greatest honour among all other occasions for Shidan, was the invitation to chant at observances of Holy Days in the sacred grounds of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh.
It was in Haifa that, with the permission of the Universal House of Justice, Shidan recorded her first album with her dear friend and fellow Bahá’í World Centre staff member Taraneh Rafati, titled the “Call of Carmel”. Accompanying them was Shidan’s uncle , the late Masood Missaghian, on the santoor (a hammered dulcimer).
In 2012 Shidan decided to record her second album called “Phoenix of Love” which is produced by the American Bahá’í guitarist, producer and a dear friend, Mr. Louie Shelton. Shidan invited her daughter to collaborate with her on three tracks on this Album. The other highlight is the inclusion of some old recording of her late uncle Mr Masood Missaghian playing the santoor. While this album contains predominantly a style that reflects Shidan’s heritage and experience in Persian song and tones, it also has a taste of the wonderful fusion of East and West so loved by those who appreciated music from all parts of the world. Shadi’s soulful contribution is joined with Shidan’s melodious tones in three tracks to bring you a taste of this melding of two cultures.