Toby Lightman

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Toby Lightman
Toby Lightman 2015.jpg
Lightman 2015
Background information
Born1978 (age 40–41)[1]
OriginCherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresPop, rock, acoustic
Years active1996–present

Toby Lightman is an American singer-songwriter. Her first album, Little Things, was released in 2004 on Lava/Atlantic, her second album, Bird on a Wire was released in 2006. During her career, she has toured and performed with bands such as OAR, Rob Thomas, Jewel, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Prince, Marc Broussard, and Carbon Leaf. Lightman released record "Every Kind of People" October 2014, it is distributed by RED. Toby is managed by All Parts Move.


Raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Lightman began playing the violin as a child, she was a member of the orchestra at Cherry Hill High School East and started singing when a friend urged her to join a vocal workshop class. The audience response to a solo performance in which Lightman sang a gospel version of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water led her to pursue her talents as a singer after she graduated from high school in 1996.[2]

Lightman taught herself to play the guitar and while in school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[2]

In 2004, Ari Martin of Nettwerk Management became Lightman’s manager. After seeing Lightman play a solo showcase for record executives and representatives, Jason Flom signed Lightman to Lava Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Lightman released her debut Little Things through Lava on March 30, 2004; the Album was produced by Peter Zizzo. A second version of Little Things was released on July 20, 2004 that included a bonus cover track of Mary J. Blige’s 1992 hit single Real Love. The song was released as the album’s second single and a music video was filmed to promote the track.

In late 2005, Lightman appeared on Lava Records label mates O.A.R.'s Stories of a Stranger. On that album, which peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200, Lightman sang alongside O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge on the track "The Stranger". Lightman was then featured as a VH1 You Oughta Know artist and as an MTV You Hear It First artist, she also appeared on such shows as Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS's Morning show Second Cup, ESPN's Cold Pizza, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts and various others.

Bird On A Wire, Lightman's second record was released on July 25, 2006 on Atlantic Records. "My Sweet Song" from Bird On A Wire was featured near the end of the Boston Legal episode, "Desperately Seeking Shirley" while also featuring in the closing scene of the Bones episode, "The Maggots In The Meathead". It was also featured in the soundtrack to the movie P.S. I Love You; the song "Slippin'" appeared on ABC's Brothers & Sisters. Lightman performed the opening theme to Fox Sports' coverage of the NASCAR racing season with a song titled "NASCAR Love (Let's Go Racing)".[3]

Lightman released her third album, Let Go on her own T Killa Records label on July 15, 2008; the album is being sold through digital retailers like iTunes and The album will also be available for sale through the Home Shopping Network; the song "Let Go" & "One Day" from Let Go will be featured in a series of commercials to air on HSN. The song "Let Go" has also appeared on ABC's Brothers & Sisters and Dirty, Sexy, Money. A new song "Color" is on a new benefit compilation that was released by the Hard Rock Cafe and the folks from World Hunger Year.

On June 5, 2010, Lightman released her fourth album, Know Where I'm From also on her T Killa Records label; this album contains 11 acoustic versions of her previously released songs.

In 2011, Lightman's new song "Holding a Heart" was featured in the film What's Your Number?, credited to "Girl Named Toby". Also, another new song "Addicted" by Lightman was never released as an official single, but was featured as a promo of the twelfth episode from the eighth season of Desperate Housewives and in the television film Mean Girls 2. Lightman subsequently released the song under her own name on her five-song EP Holding a Heart in 2013.

On October 27, 2014 she released the album "Every Kind of People," using the PledgeMusic platform to reach out to her fans to support the making of the record and interacting with them through frequent updates, special offers and private performances.

Toby is currently writing, producing and mixing new songs for a new album due later this year. “Spaces” released on Feb 1, 2018 was the first song of this series. “Breathe In” is to be released April 24, 2018. These songs mark the journey she took to motherhood.



Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions[4]
U.S. 200 U.S.
2004 Little Things 200 14
2006 Bird on a Wire 30
2008 Let Go
2010 Know Where I'm From
2014 Every Kind of People

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album
2013 Holding a Heart
2015 Holiday Lights
2016 Long Hard Day


Year Song Peak chart positions[4] Album
US Adult
2003 "Devils and Angels" 17 Little Things
2004 "Everyday"
"Real Love" 35
"Operator" non-album single
2006 "Holding Me Down" Bird on a Wire
"Sleigh Ride" non-album single
2008 "Waiting" non-album single
2010 "Snow Day" non-album single
2018 "Spaces" non-album single
2018 "Breathe In" non-album single
2017 Beautiful Day - Hillary's Blinds Renewal
Bumps In The Road - "Hello Goodbye" Canada
What a Feeling (COVER) - Weight Watchers Campaign
Original Composition - ULTA Beauty Campaign
2016 Beautiful Day - Hillary's Blinds UK Commercial
Set Me Free - A&E's Born This Way
Holding A Heart - Degrassi Campaign
2015 Jingle Bells (COVER) - Sony Pictures Feature Film "Other People"
Snow Day—CBS Show "NCIS"
Free To Be Me—ABC Family Show "Switched at Birth"
Head Underwater—CW Show "Reign"
2014 Never End – E! Network Show “Total Divas”
You’re My Best Friend – NBC Show “About A Boy”
Up Up And Away – Feature Film “American Girl”
You’re my Best Friend – Petsmart campaign
Slowly (EVERY KIND OF PEOPLE) – NBC promo for “Believe” off EVERY KIND OF PEOPLE Album
Holding a Heart (HOLDING A HEART EP) – MTV Show
2013 You Got My Love, All In The Attitude, I’m Good, Me Myself & I, H-E-L-L-O, Ready To Go, So Natural, & Long Hard Day: ABC Family Show “The Fosters”
We Are (HOLDING A HEART EP) – Featured song/artist in new Microsoft BING software program launching 10/13
Holding a Heart (HOLDING A HEART EP) – CW Show “90210”


  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Toby Lightman - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Strauss, Robert. "In Person; More Than Getting By With Help of Friends", The New York Times, December 26, 2004. Accessed October 27, 2018. "The 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Cherry Hill is home for a visit... And her big coup was singing a gospel chorus of Bridge Over Troubled Water at Cherry Hill High School East, where she graduated from in 1996."
  3. ^ "NASCAR Love (Let's Go Racing) – Single". iTunes. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Toby Lightman - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 11, 2014.

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