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Rising Stars [Issue #8]
Toby Lightman: Let The Dreams Begin
By Dean Truitt
Little Things (CD Lava)


In an era of karaoke contestants on television becoming international pop stars, Toby Lightman’s genuine talent and inspired songwriting gives much hope to the weary music world. The New Jersey native has leapt from obscurity to become one of the nation’s most revered, watched new artists. Though Lightman’s Little Things is the debut for the 25-year-old singer/songwriter, she has already amassed a solid base of powerful fans. Legendary producer Nile Rogers (Chic, Madonna) played guitar on several tracks for her first outing.

Because Lightman’s sound draws from a wide range of influences, classifying her style can be a challenge. Her songs trace elements from Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, and Lauryn Hill, to name just a few that come to mind. The ingredient that seamlessly binds every element is her uncanny voice, which can whisper intimate confessions and suddenly explode into soulful fury. Peter Zizzo’s organic production expertly handles the diversity and range of the artist’s gifts. Fans and programmers obviously appreciate Lightman’s fresh approach because her salsa-drenched first single, “Devils and Angels,” currently dominates the airwaves throughout the nation.

Unlike many musicians, who shrewdly calculate every move in their complex careers, Toby Lightman seems to feel blessed with her good luck and more than happy to revel in the moment, rather than building false hopes that could tumble unexpectedly at any time. She explains, “I wasn’t somebody who thought, ‘I want to be this huge star.’ I went to school, graduated college. It [her music career] was just something that I figured I should see how far I could take it . . . It’s gone pretty far and I have no idea where it’s going to go now.” If her path continues as it has over the past few years, Toby Lightman could soon be a musical icon.


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