About Toby Lightman
In a world of auto-tune, Toby Lightman’s pure and soulful voice cuts through the noise. 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. 2014 brings another addition to Toby’s recording catalog, a new full-length titled “Every Kind of People.”
Over the course of her career, which includes four albums, an EP and numerous individual tracks, Lightman has performed on a large number of national TV shows including the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’ Second Cup and many more. She has also toured extensively, both solo and sharing the bill with renowned artists such as Rob Thomas, Jewel, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Marc Cohn, and one “I could quit tomorrow” evening opening for the legendary Prince, an artist that Toby grew up idolizing. Prince happened to be watching the night Toby appeared on Conan and was so taken with her performance he invited her to open for him.
As an independent artist, Toby Lightman has enjoyed tremendous success with the placement of her music in film and TV, so much so that her longtime co-writer and friend Simon Perry (Echo and the Bunnymen) has dubbed Toby 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. Most recently, Toby and her song “We Are” are featured in the demo for the new Microsoft BING software! Toby was seen every week singing the opening theme song for NASCAR on Fox broadcasts and her song “Let Go” was heard during the extensive Home Shopping Network TV/Radio campaign.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“the whole project oozes spirituality, if not outright womanly sensuality…” -Billboard
“Lightman’s dusky vocals and earthy, groovy vibe invite comparisons to Joan Osborne and Sheryl Crow” -USA Today
“no small talent… Toby Lightman continues to shine a light on her knack for making rich, soulful pop” -People