Throwback Thursday: Toby Lightman

tobylightman2There must be something in the New Jersey water supply.  Not like nuclear waste or anything.  Gosh, I hope not.  There has got to be some kind of musical nectar that helped birth Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, and Lauryn Hill.  Why the New Jersey praise session?  Well, Toby Lightman hails from NJ, and her vocal chops should definitely place her on the who’s who of Jersey.

I had the pleasure of first meeting Toby back in late 2005 as she was touring in support of her album Little Things.  2004 was a huge year for Toby.  She had a breakthrough album in Little Things and she gained a great deal of mainstream attention.  One of the first things that caught my attention was that such a huge soulful voice burst out of such a small frame.  As a singer-songwriter it was Toby’s R&B influenced songs that allowed her music to stand out.  Toby has a very commercially friendly look.  The great thing is that she is not just another pretty face.  Although, her face is indeed pretty.  (Wow, that came off sounding kinda creepy.)  What shines brightest for me is her incredible voice.  Lightman has the ability to be soft and delicate one moment, and then downright bluesy the next.

In Lightman’s debut album, Little Things, there are many standouts.  The lead off single, “Devils and Angels”, clearly highlights her soulful strengths.  Her cover of Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love” is simply breathtaking.  “Leave It Inside” and “The River” are two of my personal favorites.  Since the release of Little Things, Toby Lightman has continued to deliver amazing music that showcases her soulful sound.

Lightman performs an acoustic version of “Devils and Angels”

Fans of Toby Lightman will love Mieka Pauley!

About the Author

Kevin has a long history of discovering the best music out there. He started off as an event coordinator for a ton of different types of shows and slowly started to grow his musical interests over time. Maybe some of those interests included the Baja Men, maybe they didn't.

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