Jean-Michel Byron

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Jean-Michel Byron (born Jean-Michel Byron DuPlessis on 13 October) is a South African-born rock vocalist and lyricist, best known as the lead vocalist for Los Angeles rock band Toto for new material on their first greatest hits album, Past to Present,[1] as well as the band's Greatest Hits Live...and More project. Originally from East London, South Africa, he attended high school (senior secondary) at John Bissicker High School in a former Coloured area. He sang at high school concerts and community shows.

Byron joined Toto for their Past to Present album, singing on the four new tracks: "Love Has the Power", "Animal", "Can You Hear What I'm Saying" and "Out of Love." During the supporting tour in 1990, Byron and the band began to clash. His on-stage antics and rumored diva-like behavior irked both band and fans alike, and Byron was quickly relegated to the role of backing vocalist by the band before being dismissed.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Biography: Toto". AMG. Retrieved 17 May 2010.