Toby Love

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Toby Love
Birth name Octavio Rivera
Also known as Soul Love
Born (1985-03-20) March 20, 1985 (age 29)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres Bachata, R&B, hip hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1999–present
Labels Sony BMG
Website tobyloveofficial.com
Notable instruments
Voice

Toby Love (born Octavio Rivera; March 20, 1985), is a Puerto Rican American singer-songwriter.[1] Love is known for performing a style of bachata music that combines traditional and urban singing and production.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Toby Love was born in The Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents, his mother later remarried to a Dominican man, which eventually led to Toby Love's exposure to the genre of music known as Bachata.[2] Toby Love was originally a backup singer for the bachata band Aventura before beginning a solo career with his 2006 LP, Toby Love, released on Sony Records.[2] In 2008, he received four nominations to the Billboard Latin Music Awards for songs included in his debut album.[2] Love won awards for two categories, Tropical Airplay Song of the Year, and Latin Rap / Hip Hop Album of the Year.[2]

After spending six years with the Bachata group Aventura, first appearing on the album Generation Next at the age of 16, Love embarked on his solo career.[3][4] He met with Aventura while he was still in his merengue group as teenager.[3] Living in the same neighborhood as the group, he became close friends with the member "Mikey", who later asked Love to join.[3]

Toby Love is recognized as the artist that made the subgenre of crunkchata popular.[1] As the result of having recorded half of his debut album in Miami, Love became a fan of crunk music, and incorporated it into his bachata music.[1]

Love produces the majority of the music used in his albums, along with co-producer Eddie Perez.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to living in New York, Toby Love also spends his time between homes in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and New Jersey.[1] Love hopes to begin working as an actor, in addition to his career as a musician.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[6] Album
US U.S. Latin U.S. Latin Trop U.S. Latin Pop
2006 "Please Don't Cry"
13
22
Toby Love
"Tengo Un Amor"
100
2
3
25
2007 "Amores Como El Tuyo"
2008 "Llorar Lloviendo"
22
2
36
Love is Back
"Amor Primero"
2010 "Te Parece Poco"
15
La Voz de la Juventud
2011 "Casi Casi"
15
31
"Quizás" (featuring Yuridia)
15
2012 "Lejos"
36
2
36
Amor Total
2013 "Todo Mí Amor Eres Tú"
29
1
17
2014 "Hey"
43
1
37

Featurings[edit]

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