Toby Lightman Live in Concert
“Lightman’s dusky vocals and earthy, groovy vibe invite comparisons to Joan Osborne and Sheryl Crow.” -USA TODAY
In a world of auto-tune, Toby Lightman’s pure and soulful voice cuts through the noise. People Magazine has stated that “No small talent… Toby Lightman continues to shine a light on her knack for making rich, soulful pop”. From her major label debut in 2004 to her current independent spirit, Toby has mastered her own sophisticated urban pop. With each song, recording or collaboration, Toby continues to hone, craft and perfect her unique sound.
New single “Spaces”, released February 1, 2018, is the first track that Toby has performed, produced and mixed completely on her own. “Spaces” was written about the desire to fill the space between you and your goals whether that be a love, a dream or just to stay strong in hard times and get to the other side.
Classically trained on the violin and self-taught on the guitar, Lightman was unaware of her vocal talent until high school. Her first solo appearance was singing Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at her high school graduation to 2,000 friends and family who were unaware that she harbored such talent. The overwhelming reaction from the crowd was what propelled her to buy a guitar and begin her journey as a recording artist. Lightman moved to New York City after graduating from University of Wisconsin, and signed a record deal with Jason Flom (Matchbox 20, Lorde, Jesse J) President of Lava Records with only 3 songs written.
Thrust into the spotlight, her debut album Little Things appeared on the Billboard Top 100 in it’s first week and gave way to comparisons to sultry songstress’ like Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones. Darling to the normally harsh critics, Lightman received high praise from magazines like Rolling Stone, People, Billboard and others, which led to appearances on Letterman, Carson Daly, Conan, CBS Morning Show and more. Her second record, Bird on a Wire (2006), helped lead Lightman to enormous success in the film and TV industry with the single “My Sweet Song” being featured in the movie PS I Love You, starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. She began and has continued to tour extensively, both solo and sharing the bill with renowned artists such as Rob Thomas, Jewel, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Marc Cohn, and one special evening opening for the legendary Prince, an artist that Toby grew up idolizing.
As an independent artist, Toby Lightman has enjoyed tremendous success with the placement of her music in film and TV. So much so that she has been dubbed the “queen of TV and film.” Some of her songs used in television and films include “Everyday” on Fox’s Bones, “Holding a Heart” in numerous shows such as WB’s One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries, 90210 as well as the feature film What’s Your Number? Her winter evoking “Snow Day” was the soundtrack to a KMart commercial. “Addicted” was used in the promos for ABC’s Desperate Housewives series finale as well as the trailer for the movie Playing For Keeps. Amazingly, eight of Toby’s songs were highlighted in a single episode of the ABC Family series The Fosters. Toby and her song “We Are” were featured in the demo for the new Microsoft BING software. Toby was asked to write a song for the latest American Girl film as well as many other original compositions.
Her last full length record, Every Kind of People, was released in collaboration with Vertusent Music Group and Red Distribution. It was released on the 10th year anniversary of her Lava Records debut album Little Things that earned her national acclaim with the single “Devils & Angels.”
Toby is currently producing this next album on her own, playing all of the instruments and mixing the tracks as well.
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