"I hung out with Prince until 4am that night! It's a long story that I will hopefully tell my kids one day." - Toby Lightman may not be your average household name, but if you are an avid viewer of any of the following shows, then there is a very good chance that you have heard her music playing, as she says, "at the end, when everyone's crying": Vampire Diaries, 90210, Bones, Desperate Housewives, and more. Now on her own label, Toby talks to us about her bevy of television and movie placements, and what it was like opening for Rob Thomas, Train, Marc Cohn and, on one very special evening, Prince: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/toby_lightman/
Toby does well as her songs get used in films, TV shows, HSN , a NASCAR Theme and things like that. She writes "Workshop Songs" called T'Killa (her nickname) collections which are little EP's that she sells excclustively on her bandcamp site http://tobylightman.bandcamp.com/ so since departing from Lava/Atlantic she's still kickin' and going strong. I think that all those spots and things keep the $ coming in and allow her to be a brilliant, independent artist and she can play her shows when she wants and currently she's DEEP into her 4th studio record... I'm PUMPED for it. Her progression as an artist, songwriter and singer has been remarkable! The only thing I can think of is her diversity and ability to do so many things stylistically (and how great she is at playing a real instrument- guitar) might be hard for some less intelligent audiences to grasp or be why she never had songs blow-up but who cares.... the real fans who come see her live know how off-the-hook she is!
Toby is cute and has loads of talent, my guess is the people at Atlantic didn't find her marketable because she wasn't selling ("the right"/trashy/provocative/extravert) image and plays/writes ACTUAL MUSIC. She appears to not only be an EXCEPTIONAL singer but a very good guitar player too. Has a real gift for song-writing and melody... I'm excited to see her rock this Tuesday...
Come along and join the group [url=http://www.last.fm/group/Female+Singer-Songwriter+of+the+Week]Female Singer-songwriter of the week[/url]. Nominate your five favourites each week and see who gets into the Hall of Fame.
Saw her last night! Awesome show.
Here's my review:
Also videos I took:
Check it out!