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For the other hip-hop emcee with a similar name, see Sole (artist).
Birth name Tonya Michelle Johnston
Also known as Mrssole
Born (1973-07-17) July 17, 1973 (age 43)
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Hip Hop
Occupation(s) rapper, songwriter, actress
Years active 1993–present
Labels DreamWorks/Interscope/Universal Records
Associated acts JT Money, 504 Boyz, Kane & Abel (group), Ginuwine, Tech N9ne

Tonya M. Johnston[1][2][3] (born Tonya M. Johnston;[2] July 17, 1973) is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri,[3] better known by her stage name, Solé.


Solé was born in 1973 in Kansas City, Missouri to Phyllis Frazier and James Johnston,[4] .[5] Her siblings are Sean and Charlie (Chuck) Johnston, Sierra and Tamika Gamble.[6]

Solé is of Native American (Choctaw), African-American, and European descent.[7] Solé has also stated that she also has family in General Acha, Argentina. She held various jobs, including working for AT&T and as a spa coordinator for a salon.[8] She also attended cosmetology school; and attempted college where she studied Political Science and Psychology.[9]

Personal Life[edit]

Solé has daughters De'jan Nicole (born March 7, 1992) and Cypress Soleil Lee (born January 9, 1995) from a previous relationship. Solé met Ginuwine in June 1999[10] and began dating in October 1999.[10] The two became engaged in August 2000. Solè married Ginuwine on September 8, 2003 in Grand Cayman. They now reside in Brandywine, Maryland.[11] They have two daughters together: Story Asaundra (born March 29, 2001)[12] and Dream Sarae Lumpkin (born November 1, 2002).[13] He has a son Elgin, Jr. (born January 30, 1992) from a previous relationship, as well as three other children by three different women.[14] In February 2009, Ginuwine announced he has eight children.[15][16]

In November 2014 Ginuwine announced Solé and he had separated.[17]

Musical career[edit]

Solé started her career as a hardcore female rap/hip-hop artist by attracting attention in the summer of 1999 with her appearance on J.T. Money's hit single "Who Dat". "Who Dat" reached #1 on the US Rap chart, #2 on the US R&B chart, and #5 on the US Hot 100. In September 1999 she released her debut album Skin Deep which was an overall success in the United States. On October 25, 2010, she confirmed that she will start work on her second album.[18] In February 2012 she featured on a song called "A new look" by Focus[19] In April 2012 Solé shot a music video with one of Ginuwine's artist know by the name of PyRo. The song was titled "Make it hot" and the video was released via YouTube on June 30, 2012. The video received many positive reviews from Solé and Ginuwine's fans. On March 1, 2013 she confirmed via her Instagram account that new music was coming soon quoting "To those of you who were waiting new coming soon" ~Solé


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions
US US Hip-Hop
1999 Skin Deep 127 27



Year Title Peak chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40
1999 "4, 5, 6" (featuring JT Money and Kandi) 21 9 1 24 Skin Deep
2000 "It Wasn't Me" (featuring Ginuwine) 44 19
"—" indicates singles that did not chart.

As featured performer[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions[26][27] Album
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hot Rap Singles
1999 "Baby" (Before Dark feat. Sole) 48 Daydreamin'
"Who Dat" (JT Money feat. Sole) 5 2 1 Pimpin' on Wax
"—" indicates singles that did not chart.

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
1999 "Straight Thuggin'" (also featuring Twista) Kane & Abel Rise to Power
"Clueless" (also featuring Larone Burnette) Tech N9ne The Calm Before the Storm
"Better Than Me" (Mario Winans Remix) Terry Dexter Better Than Me (single)
2001 "Get Up On It" Tyrese 2000 Watts
"Contagious (Mercenary Mix)" The Isley Brothers Contagious (Remix)
2002 "Costa Nostra" Don Juan Mizery Won't Stop
2003 "Sex" Ginuwine The Senior
2011 "Naal Nuchuna" Jassi Sidhu Singing Between the Lines


  1. ^ Garner, Joshua (April 22, 2010). "Genuine home-grown talent". Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. Retrieved May 18, 2010. with his wife, Tonya Lumpkin, a former rapper known as Solé 
  2. ^ a b "Tonya M. Johnston on ASCAP". ASCAP. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  3. ^ a b " - Official Sole Website". Archived from the original on 2000-06-20. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Solé on NNDB". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  5. ^ Strictly Sole at the Wayback Machine (archived July 17, 2006) (Fact 7)
  6. ^ Strictly Sole at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2007) (Siblings and their ages)
  7. ^
  8. ^ Strictly Sole at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2007) (Fact 8)
  9. ^ Strictly Sole at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2007) (Fact 9)
  10. ^ a b Strictly Sole at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2007)
  11. ^ Lives In MD Suburbs
  12. ^ Sole/Ginuwine have daughter
  13. ^ G tells Niki of Sister 2 Sister mag that his 2nd daughter was born on 1 Nov and that he has had a vasectomy
  14. ^ Ginuwine Tells S2S I have 4 Baby Mamas
  15. ^ Ginuwine and Sole have eight kids together & from previous relationships
  16. ^ FF to 17:14, DiamondKShow
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  20. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 - 4, 5, 6". 2000-02-12. Archived from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  21. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 4, 5, 6". 2000-02-12. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  22. ^ "Hot Rap Singles - 4, 5, 6". 2000-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-14. [dead link]
  23. ^ "Rhythmic Top 40 - 4, 5, 6". 2000-03-25. Retrieved 2008-08-14. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - It Wasn't Me". 2000-06-17. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  25. ^ "Rhythmic Top 40 - It Wasn't Me". 2000-07-01. Retrieved 2008-08-14. [dead link]
  26. ^ "Billboard - Singles Chart History (Before Dark)". Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  27. ^ "Billboard - Singles Chart History (JT Money)". Retrieved 2009-02-01. 

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