Childs' debut album, Union (1988), was recorded over a two year period in Hollywood, London, Paris, Swaziland. Time Magazine wrote: "In a year of auspicious breakthroughs for women writer-performers, Childs was the standout." The New York Times called Childs "one of the most promising among a new generation of composers and performers." Not unexpectedly, she earned Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rock Vocal Performance (Female). Her first tour? Opening for Bob Dylan.