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Ryan Toby


Ryan Toby

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Ryan Toby (born November 26, 1978 in Willingboro, New Jersey, U.S.) is an American soul singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the baritenor in the group City High.

Toby first gained public attention at the age of 15, when he appeared in the film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit as ‘Ahmal’ James, a member of the kids’ choir (along with Lauryn Hill), who steal the show with their performance of Joyful, Joyful, a song for which Toby wrote the rap part.

Toby has written songs for several artists, including single Miami among other songs for Will Smith on his 1997 album Big Willie Style. He has also written songs for artists Bobby Brown, Dru Hill, Usher, Kevin Lyttle, Tyrese, Glenn Lewis, Donell Jones, Joe among others.

In 2001, Toby was asked to form a group by Wyclef Jean which became City High. Their debut self-titled album sold millions and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003. Toby married fellow City High member Claudette Ortiz on October 14, 2004.

City High disbanded in 2003, and despite several offers from major record labels, In 2007, Toby released his debut solo album, Soul of a SongWriter through a joint venture with Overflow Entertainment, his own independent label, and Mass Appeal Entertainment.

In the movie Sister Act 2, the 15 year-old Toby was the one who sang the piercing whistle register note, an E6, in the scene where he and his choirmates perform a rendition of Oh Happy Day.

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  • JackKitty

    I love this guy and his music!

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • gary-w-smith

    Ryan Toby deffo does not get the recognition he deserves for being such an incredibly talented man

    6 Jun 2009 Reply

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