Toby Lightman

Toby Lightman

From releasing her first two records, Little Things (2004) and Bird on a Wire (2006) on Atlantic Records, to releasing two independent records, Let Go (2008) and Know Where I'm From (2010), which featured a limited edition, sold out fan participation book, on her own T Killa Records, Toby Lightman has been very busy.

Toby has performed on various National TV shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC's Today Show, and CBS' Second Cup. She has toured with renowned artists such as Rob Thomas, Jewel, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Marc Cohn, Lilith Fair 2010 and on one memorable evening, Prince.

Since becoming an independent artist, it has seemed as though her career has really blossomed through much success with film and TV placements including "Everyday" on Fox's Bones, "Holding a Heart" from her side project Girl Named Toby on WB's One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries as well as the feature film What's Your Number?, "Let Go" as the HSN commercial theme song, "Snow Day" as the KMart commercial theme song, "Addicted" which aired recently in the ongoing commercial for ABC's Desperate Housewives and will be the featured song in the trailer for the upcoming movie Playing for Keeps and too many others to mention in this tiny blip. Excited about what lies ahead, Toby is now busier than ever working on her newest record, which is due for release later this year … to be continued!
while the quantized beats of 2004s little things reflected lightmans dual infatuations with hip-hop and rock, bird on a wire is carried by sultry manmade grooves and super-tasty musicianship courtesy of producers bill bottrell (sheryl crow, shelby lynne, van hunt) and patrick leonard (madonna, jewel, natasha bedingfield), each of whom helmed roughly half of the album. bottrell and lightman supplied the guitars on the tracks he worked on, once again using members of his tuesday night music club, while leonard, a virtuosic keyboardist, called on former prince cohort wendy melvoin to play ..bass and some guitar. an amazing group of musicians played on this record, lightman marvels. the soulful instrumental performances make a perfect match with lightmans sophisticated material and masterful vocal performances, both of which bear witness to the epiphany that led to her exponential growth pattern—an epiphany that occurred during the months she spent on tour, opening for howie day, gavin degraw, oar, marc broussard and, on one memorable evening, prince.

"after being on the road for a year and a half," the diminutive artist explains, "i fell in love with the live aspect of performing, and relying on humans rather than programmed computers. it was then i decided i wanted my music to become more organic." inspired, lightman immersed herself in the records of great soul singers like donny hathaway, bill withers and aretha franklin, and this listening provided her with the equivalent of an advanced degree in her lifetime of musical studies. "now i've become a real snob about it," she says. "these artists are the crux of everything that's come after them; it's so genuine and pure. they helped me see that if the song and the vibe are there, you don't really need much more than that."

lightman couldn't wait to bring these revelations to bear on her own writing, but she knew herself well enough not to force the issue. "i let it happen naturally," she says, "because when you think too much about it, you tend to become too purposeful in the message. going back to my first record, i've wanted to be truthful in my writing. i don't write party songs; every song i write comes out of a real experience."

little things got its share of acclaim and established lightman as a newcomer worth watching. but few realized the breadth and depth of her talent. that will likely change when people experience bird on a wire. lightman titled the album after a 1969 lp of the same name by her late uncle, who encouraged her and offered sage advice after she'd decided to make music her career, at a time when everyone else was waiting for her to come to her senses. fortunately for the rest of us, she never did.

Lily Mae

20-year-old Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter, Lily Mae, raises a distinctively sublime voice in songs of true millennial grit. Her melodic knack-- granted limitless reign by a stunning vocal range-- is unrelenting, with a free-wheeling kind of brilliance and allure comparable to a young Joni Mitchell. Lily taps into the free-spirited nature of her generation by mixing alternative folk, rock, and jazz in her music. She is an unmistakable artist, as noted by music industry legend and beloved late president of Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall, when he said, "Lily Mae has a signature voice, writes excellent songs, and is a future star."

Lily’s forthcoming EP, “Closer,” boasts seven tracks and showcases her as a vocalist, songwriter, musician, and producer. Additionally, Lily recorded select tracks on the album with producer, Steve Brown (Laura Mvula, Rumer) at his studio in England. To celebrate International Women's Day this past March, Lily posted a surprise preview track, "Diamond," from “Closer” on soundcloud. Though unreleased, "Diamond" was WXPN's Pick of the Day that same day.

Lily cut her teeth working as an opener for Joan Osborne, Livingston Taylor, Ben Taylor, Nathaniel Rateliff, John Gorka, Dry The River, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Louden Wainwright III, Harry Shearer and Judith Owen, Ari Hest, Iain Matthews, Paul Shaffer, Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne), Jay Brannan,The Marshall Tucker Band, Jenny Owen Youngs, Amy Helm, Cheryl Wheeler, Alice Ripley, The Claire Lynch Band, Sean Rowe, Amy Correia, Caroline Rose, The Kennedy’s and many others.

On the heels of Lily Mae's debut release, "Early Days," iTunes featured Lily as a New & Noteworthy singer-songwriter. For Folk's Sake called Lily "a younger Laura Marling before she was scorned by life"."Truly amazing," "prodigal," and "innovative" are all words that have been used to describe Lily's work. After attending Lily's show at Firefly Music Festival, wrote that Lily has a "voice of gold."

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