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TOYA / Bio

"WHAT DO YOU WANNA BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?"

ON JANUARY 18TH 1982 TOYA CAME INTO THIS WORLD AND GIVEN A COUPLE OF YEARS SHE HAS BEEN SINGING EVERY SINCE. FOR AS LONG AS SHE COULD REMEMBER SHE HAS ALWAYS LOVED MUSIC, AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INSPIRED BY MUSIC AND ARTISTS SUCH AS MICHAEL JACKSON, PATTIE LABELLE, ARETHA FRANKLIN, AND WHITNEY HOUSTON. WITH MUSICAL ARTISTS SUCH AS THESE SHE HAD SOME PRETTY BIG SHOES TO FILL SO SHE STARTED PRACTICING EARLY. AS A TODDLER SHE STARTED PREPARING HERSELF FOR PERFORMANCES; USING HER MOTHERS WOODEN SPOONS AS A MIC AND HER KITCHEN TABLE AS HER STAGE, THE PREPARATION FOR ONE OF THE WORLDS GREATEST R&B/POP ARTIST BEGINS.

WHEN TOYA WAS YOUNG SHE REMEMBER HER MOTHER ASKING "TOYA WHAT YOU WANNA BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?" SHE ECSTATICALLY REPLIED "I WANNA BE A SINGER WHEN I GROW UP, I WANNA SING TO THE WHOLE WORLD!" EVERY SCHOOL YEAR SHE WAS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL'S CHOIR AND DRAMA TEAM. SHE WAS NEVER SHY ABOUT WHAT SHE LOVED TO DO SO NEEDLESS TO SAY ANYONE WHO KNEW HER KNEW WHAT SHE WANTED TO BE WHEN SHE GREW UP.

A MEMORY TOYA REMEMBERS WHEN SHE WAS IN 3RD GRADE AT SUNRIDGE ELEMENTARY, SHE HAD A TEACHER NAMED MS. SYRACUSE WHO HAD RECORDED WHITNEY HOUSTON SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND SHOWED IT TO THE CLASS. SHE REMEMBER "WATCHING ATTENTIVELY AND COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY BY HER TALENT" AS SHE WAS WATCHING WHITNEY HOUSTON HER TEACHER MADE A COMMENT TO THE CLASS THAT "ONE DAY WE WILL BE WATCHING TOYA SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ON T.V." WITH HER EYES ALL TEARED UP, THAT INCIDENT INSPIRED HER WANT TO FULFILL HER TEACHERS' PROPHECY. TOYA STILL HOLDS THAT DAY CLOSE TO HER HEART.

ALL THROUGH HER SCHOOL YEARS TOYA STAYED ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL'S CHOIR AS WELL AS BEING ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN CHURCH AND THEIR CHILDREN'S AND ADULT CHOIR. AS SHE BEGAN HIGH SCHOOL HER MOTHER CAME TO HER AGAIN AND ASKED "TOYA WHAT DO YOU WANNA BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?" AGAIN SHE TOLD HER "I WANNA SING!" IT WAS THEN WHEN HER MOTHER REPLIED BACK "TOYA THEIR ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO CAN SING, YOU NEED TO CHOOSE A MORE PROMISING CAREER." FROM THAT MOMENT SHE FELT LIKE HER FAITH IN WHAT SHE LOVED TO DO WAS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM HER. AFTER HEARING THAT SHE "FELT EXTREMELY LOST" AND HAD NO IDEA AS TO WHAT ELSE SHE WOULD DO. SHE HAD NEVER GIVEN ANYTHING ELSE ANY THOUGHT. EVEN WITH THIS NEWS TOYA STAYED VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN THE HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR AS WELL AS THE JAZZ CHOIR. SHE WENT ON TO GRADUATE HER JUNIOR YEAR WITH HER SENIOR CLASS, PERFORMING WITH THE CHOIR AS WELL AS HAVING A SOLO AT HER GRADUATION.

AS AN UNSIGNED ARTIST AS WELL AS AN ADULT, TOYA BEGAN TO BELIEVE THAT HER MOTHER WAS RIGHT. SHE WENT ON TO COLLEGE AND RECEIVED HER DEGREE IN NURSING. TOYA WENT ON WITH HER LIFE AND BEGAN HER CAREER AS A REGISTERED NURSE. ALTHOUGH SHE HAD A WELL COMPENSATED CAREER TOYA STILL NEVER FELT COMPLETE, SHE FELT "AS IF THERE WAS A PART OF HER MISSING."

AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS OF NURSING TOYA MET UP WITH LONG TIME FRIEND/ARTIST/PRODUCER/CEO OF CLICCMADE ENTERTAINMENT, CBALLA. ECSTATIC ABOUT THE LABELS' ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AS AN ARTIST, TOYA WAS THRILLED WHEN CBALLA ASKED HER TO JOIN THE CLICCMADE FAMILY. WHILE WORKING ON HER DEBUT ALBUM "NEW BEGINNING (A LOVE STORY)," TOYA WAS ASKED TO BECOME A CEO PARTNER OF CLICCMADE ENTERTAINMENT WHICH SHE PROUDLY ACCEPTED. TOYA NOT ONLY HOLDS A TITLE IN THE LABEL AS A BUSINESS PARTNER, BUT SHE ALSO HOLDS THE TITLE AS "DA QUEEN OF CLICCMADE ENTERTAINMENT," BEING THE FIRST R&B/POP ARTIST OF CLICCMADE ENTERTAINMENT!

WITH TOYA'S DEBUT ALBUM "NEW BEGINNING (A LOVE STORY)," DUE TO DROP OCTOBER OF 09, TOYA IS "TOTALLY OVERJOYED AND BELIEVES SHE IS FINALLY FULFILLING HER DESTINY!" SO WHAT DOES TOYA WANNA BE WHEN SHE GROWS UP???? SHE STATES " I WANNA BE ONE OF THE GREATEST R&B/POP ARTIST TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY, AND I WILL!!!" :)

General Info

Artist Name
TOYA
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/toyayoung
Genres
R&B/Soul / POP

Contact Info

Location
Chandler, AZ
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