Music visionary, Prince unveiled his next discovery in front of 20,000 fans on September 4th in Portland, Oregon – the hypnotic singer/songwriter Toby Lightman. The Lava Records recording artist was handpicked by the mysterious legend to open a select night on his national tour. Lightman comments on the experience:
“When Prince asked me to open up for him, I felt like I was dreaming, and I still do! I cannot put into words how gratifying it is to know that the ultimate musician appreciates my music. Prince and his crew went out of their way to make sure we were totally comfortable. It made the experience that much more meaningful to see an artist at the highest level of success exhibit such a down to earth attitude. It was truly inspiring. Prince is a living legend and I will cherish this experience for the rest of my life.”
Over the years, Prince has been instrumental in discovering and championing careers of such talents as Vanity, Carmen Electra and Sheila E. Now Toby Lightman is next!
The acclaimed newcomer’s career continues to heat up with the recent announcement of a new headlining fall tour sponsored by Schick Intuition and retailer Meijer. The sultry chanteuse will take her captivating live show on the road starting September 22nd in Bowling Green, Indiana and wrapping up at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on October 16th. The free college bout joins Toby with labelmate Cajun Dub Combo Louque as special guest.
For Ms. Lightman this tour comes straight off the heels of her second single, “Real Love” a powerful rendition of Mary J. Blige’s 1992 hit. The soul infused track has already reached an impressive 6 million plus in audience with the famed Z100 leading the charge. This early success comes as no surprise; her gorgeous debut of Little Things created quite a buzz upon its release this past spring. Entertainment Weekly was confident to predict, “Lightman’s debut suggests bigger things to come,” and so far they have.