|Born||1978 (age 44–45)|
|Origin||Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop, rock, acoustic|
Toby Lightman is an American singer-songwriter best known for her songs "My Sweet Song", "Holding a Heart", and "Devils and Angles". Her first album, Little Things , was released in 2004 on Lava/Atlantic. Her second album, Bird on a Wire was released in 2006. During her career, she has toured and performed with bands such as OAR, Rob Thomas, Jewel, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Prince, Marc Broussard, and Carbon Leaf. Lightman released her first independent record "Let Go" in 2010 and was the first independent artist to perform and sell on the HSN (tv network). Lightman recently released her first self-produced album After All in fall of 2022. This album was inspired by her journey through infertility and pregnancy loss to finally have 2 children.
Raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Lightman began playing the violin as a child. She was a member of the orchestra at Cherry Hill High School East and started singing when a friend urged her to join a vocal workshop class. The audience response to a solo performance in which Lightman sang a gospel version of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water led her to pursue her talents as a singer after she graduated from high school in 1996.
Lightman taught herself to play the guitar and while in school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
In 2004, Ari Martin of Nettwerk Management became Lightman's manager. After seeing Lightman play a solo showcase for record executives and representatives, Jason Flom signed Lightman to Lava Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Lightman released her debut Little Things through Lava on March 30, 2004. The Album was produced by Peter Zizzo. A second version of Little Things was released on July 20, 2004, that included a bonus cover track of Mary J. Blige's 1992 hit single Real Love . The song was released as the album's second single and a music video was filmed to promote the track.
In late 2005, Lightman appeared on Lava Records label mates O.A.R.'s Stories of a Stranger . On that album, which peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200, Lightman sang alongside O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge on the track "The Stranger". Lightman was then featured as a VH1 You Oughta Know artist and as an MTV You Hear It First artist. She also appeared on such shows as Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS's Morning show Second Cup, ESPN's Cold Pizza, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts and various others.
Bird on a Wire, Lightman's second record was released on July 25, 2006, on Atlantic Records. "My Sweet Song" from Bird on a Wire was featured near the end of the Boston Legal episode, "Desperately Seeking Shirley" while also featuring in the closing scene of the Bones episode, "The Maggots In The Meathead". It was also featured in the soundtrack to the movie P.S. I Love You. The song "Slippin'" appeared on ABC's Brothers & Sisters . Lightman performed the opening theme to Fox Sports' coverage of the NASCAR racing season with a song titled "NASCAR Love (Let's Go Racing)".
Lightman released her third album, Let Go on her own T Killa Records label on July 15, 2008. The album is sold through digital retailers like iTunes and amazon.com. The album was available for sale through the Home Shopping Network. The song "Let Go" & "One Day" from Let Go will be featured in a series of commercials to air on HSN. The song "Let Go" has also appeared on ABC's Brothers & Sisters and Dirty, Sexy, Money. A new song "Color" is on a new benefit compilation that was released by the Hard Rock Cafe and the folks from World Hunger Year.
On June 5, 2010, Lightman released her fourth album, Know Where I'm From also on her T Killa Records label. This album contains 11 acoustic versions of her previously released songs. Her fans chose the songs on this album. Lightman also crafted a "Know Where I'm From" Book that was comprised of her story behind each song as well as fans written in stories of connection with those songs.
In 2011, Lightman's new song "Holding a Heart" was featured in the film What's Your Number? , originally credited to "Girl Named Toby", but later brought into Lightman's catalogue. It since has been featured on multiple tv shows. Also, another new song "Addicted" by Lightman was never released as an official single, but was featured as a promo of the twelfth episode from the eighth season of Desperate Housewives and in the television film Mean Girls 2 .
On October 27, 2014, she released the album "Every Kind of People," using the PledgeMusic platform to reach out to her fans to support the making of the record and interacting with them through frequent updates, special offers and private performances.
Toby is currently writing, producing and mixing new songs for a new album due later this year. "Spaces" released on February 1, 2018, was the first song of this series. "Breathe In" is to be released April 24, 2018. These songs mark the journey she took to motherhood.
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions|
|U.S. 200|| U.S.|
|2006||Bird on a Wire||—||30|
|2010||Know Where I'm From||—||—|
|2014||Every Kind of People||—||—|
|2013||Holding a Heart|
|2016||Long Hard Day|
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2003||"Devils and Angels"||17||Little Things|
|2006||"Holding Me Down"||—||Bird on a Wire|
|"Sleigh Ride"||—||Non-album single|
|2010||"Snow Day"||—||Non-album single|
|2018||"Breathe In"||—||Non-album single|
|2022||"Help Me Get Over This"||—||Non-album single|
|YEAR||TOBY LIGHTMAN'S FILM & TV SONG PLACEMENTS|
|2017||Beautiful Day – Hillary's Blinds Renewal|
|Bumps in the Road – "Hello Goodbye" Canada|
|What a Feeling (COVER) – Weight Watchers Campaign|
|Original Composition – ULTA Beauty Campaign|
|2016||Beautiful Day – Hillary's Blinds UK Commercial|
|Set Me Free – A&E's Born This Way|
|Holding A Heart – Degrassi Campaign|
|2015||Jingle Bells (COVER) – Sony Pictures Feature Film "Other People"|
|Snow Day—CBS Show "NCIS"|
|Free To Be Me—ABC Family Show "Switched at Birth"|
|Head Underwater—CW Show "Reign"|
|2014||Never End – E! Network Show "Total Divas”|
|You're My Best Friend – NBC Show "About A Boy”|
|Up Up And Away – Feature Film "American Girl”|
|You're my Best Friend – Petsmart campaign|
|Slowly (EVERY KIND OF PEOPLE) – NBC promo for "Believe" off EVERY KIND OF PEOPLE Album|
|Holding a Heart (HOLDING A HEART EP) – MTV Show|
|2013||You Got My Love, All in the Attitude, I'm Good, Me Myself & I, H-E-L-L-O, Ready To Go, So Natural, & Long Hard Day: ABC Family Show “The Fosters”|
|We Are (HOLDING A HEART EP) – Featured song/artist in new Microsoft BING software program launching 10/13|
|Holding a Heart (HOLDING A HEART EP) – CW Show "90210”|
Audrey Faith McGraw, known professionally as Faith Hill, is an American singer. She is one of the most successful country music artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
Martin David Robinson, known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and NASCAR racing driver. Robbins was one of the most popular and successful country and western singers for most of his nearly four-decade career, which spanned from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. He was also an early outlaw country pioneer.
Felicia Lily Dobson is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Born in Toronto, Ontario, she began performing as a teenager, during which time she received and refused an offer from Jive Records for a recording contract. Dobson signed with Island/Def Jam soon after and released her self-titled debut album (2003), which saw the success of the singles "Bye Bye Boyfriend" and "Don't Go " on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and for which she received two Juno Award nominations.
Lava Records is an American record label owned by Jason Flom in partnership with Universal Music Group.
Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is an American contemporary Christian music singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He was first known for being a member of the Christian rap and rock trio DC Talk, staying with them from 1987 until they went on hiatus in 2000. He has since continued a successful solo career with the release of eight studio albums: Momentum (2001), Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight (2010), Eye on It (2012), This Is Not a Test (2015), The Elements (2018), and Life After Death (2022) as well as five remixed albums: Re:Mix Momentum (2003), Renovating Diverse City (2005), Dubbed and Freq'd: A Remix Project (2012), Eye'm All Mixed Up (2014) and The St. Nemele Collab Sessions (2019). He also has two full-length Christmas albums: Christmas in Diverse City (2011) and Light Of Christmas (2017). He became the third Christian artist to have a No. 1 debut on Billboard 200 chart with Eye on It.
Keith Lionel Urban is an Australian-American musician, singer, guitarist and songwriter known for his work in country music. Recognized with four Grammy Awards, Urban also received fifteen Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Jim Reeves International Award, thirteen CMA Awards and six ARIA Music Awards. Urban wrote and performed the song "For You" from the film Act of Valor, which earned him nominations at both the 70th Golden Globe Awards and at the 18th Critics' Choice Awards in the respective Best Original Song categories.
Bizzar is the seventh studio album by the American hip hop group Insane Clown Posse. Released on October 31, 2000 by Island Records, it is the second half of the Bizzar Bizaar double album, released the same day as its companion album, Bizaar. It is the group's 15th overall release.
"A Toast to Men" is a song by American singer Willa Ford featuring Lady May. A pop track, Toby Gad, who wrote it with Ford and Rhonda Robinson, produced it. Ford's record label Lava approached Gad for the collaboration after he was struggling to replicate his success in Europe in the US. Ford wrote the song based on a chant she heard at a sorority party. The title and chorus feature a profane word, which attracted media attention. Ford said she wanted to revolutionize pop music by using the word "fuck", and was surprised her label chose it as a single because of its explicit content.
"Real Love" is a song by American singer Mary J. Blige from her debut studio album, What's the 411? (1992). Based on real life experiences, it was written and produced by Cory Rooney and Mark Morales, and samples Audio Two's 1987 song "Top Billin'". The song was issued as the album's second single on July 28, 1992. It became Blige's first top-10 hit, peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rhythmic charts and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 4, 1992. Rolling Stone included "Real Love" in their list of "500 Best Songs of All Time" in 2021 at number 327.
Crystal Lynn Lewis is an American contemporary Christian and jazz singer, songwriter and actress.
Little Things is the first studio album by the American pop rock recording artist Toby Lightman, released on March 30, 2004, by Lava Records. The album peaked at #200 on the Billboard 200, and is Lightman's only album to appear on the chart.
Bird on a Wire is the second full-length studio album released by Lava recording artist Toby Lightman. The album peaked at No. 30 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart on 11 August 2006.
Aaron Albano, better known by his stage name Ming, is a Grammy Award-nominated American record producer, song writer and DJ. MING rose to prominence during the American drum and bass and turntablist movements in the late 1990s alongside DJs such as Z-Trip, DJ Spooky, The Beat Junkies, J-Boogie and DJ Craze.
Lari Michele White Cannon was an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She made her debut in 1988 after winning You Can Be a Star, a televised talent competition on The Nashville Network. After an unsuccessful stint on Capitol Records Nashville, she signed to RCA Records Nashville in 1993.
"Us Against the World" is a song by American entertainer Christina Milian. It was written by Milian and Makeba Riddick as well as the producer Theodore "Madd Scientst" Thomas. The song was released for streaming as a single on October 6, 2008 by MySpace Records, through a joint venture with Interscope, as part of a new record deal for Milian. The song is Milian's first release since her 2006 album So Amazin' and the single "Say I". Shortly after the release of that album, Milian was dropped from longtime record label Def Jam due to poor album sales. It is a cinematic ballad, which Milian acknowledged was her first ballad release. Milian conceived the song as a love anthem while watching the 1996 adaption of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, and wanting to create music that captured the same themes.
Todd Wright is an American music composer, songwriter and producer from the Washington D.C. area. Todd has collaborated with artists such as Butch Walker, Toby Lightman, Lucy Woodward, Audra Mae, Cazzette and numerous Korean Pop Stars VIXX and Luna. In addition to Todd's domestic and international chart success, he is credited with many songs placements in TV and Film
"Devils and Angels" is a song written and performed by Toby Lightman, issued as the first single from her first studio album Little Things. The song was originally released on December 2, 2003 leading to a peak position of #17 on the Billboard adult top 40 chart. It was re-released on December 7, 2004.
Australian Tour 2013 was an Australian concert tour by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey.
Ava Cherry is an American singer and model. She collaborated with English musician David Bowie between 1972 and 1975; the two met in New York City when she was a nightclub waitress and Bowie was touring for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Afterwards, they began a period of personal and artistic collaboration that heavily influenced the Young Americans "blue-eyed soul" era. Following this, she struck out as a solo singer and backing artist for musicians such as Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan.