Toby Gad

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Toby Gad
Gad in 2013
Background information
Birth name Tobias Gad
Born (1968-04-12) 12 April 1968 (age 47)[1]
Munich, Germany
Origin German
Genres Pop, rock, R&B, dance
Occupation(s) producer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Piano, guitar, bass, programming
Years active 1986–present
Labels Gad Songs/Kite Music

Tobias “Toby” Gad (born 12 April 1968) is a Los Angeles-based German music producer/songwriter, best known for co-writing "All of Me" and for co-writing and producing "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie and "If I Were a Boy" by Beyonce.[2] Other notable works include Skyscraper for Demi Lovato, "Who You Are" for Jessie J, “Untouched” for The Veronicas, "A Year Without Rain" for Selena Gomez & the Scene, "Don't Hold Your Breath" for Nicole Scherzinger, "Love You More" for JLS, and "I Do" for Colbie Caillat.[citation needed]

In the 3rd quarter of 2014 Toby was ranked the #3 songwriter in America by Billboard (magazine), following up fellow hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Pharrell Williams.[3]


Childhood and early musical experience[edit]

Born into a musical family in Munich in 1968, Toby was influenced by both parents who were established figures in the Munich music scene with their group, “The Jazz Kids”.[2] His Danish father is a clarinet player and a pilot. His German mother is a psychotherapist and composer/pianist who tours the UK and Europe with Brian Carrick's jazz band, the Algiers Stompers.

Gad was expected to study banjo and join the "Jazz Kids" but he took to playing the piano instead. At age 7 he and his brother Jens had formed their own band, the “Gad Rollers”, and played original rock'n roll compositions during intermissions of their parents' gigs.

Early career successes[edit]

Although too young to get into most clubs at age 13, Toby and Jens were no strangers to the live music scene in Munich. Weekly gigs in bars, concerts in open-air summer festivals and shows in legendary live clubs such as the "Domicile" spread the word, and Munich hit producer Tony Monn showed interest in the brothers. Tony handed over his state-of-the-art recording studio to Toby and Jens whenever he was out of town. Monn's generosity provided a learning environment for Toby and Jens to delve into songwriting and producing.

In 1986, when Frank Farian, a multi-platinum German producer (No Mercy, Boney M, Milli Vanilli,...) was looking for new talent, a mutual friend turned him on to the Gad brothers’ material. The next day the boys flew to Frankfurt and thus started a seven-year collaboration with Frank. One week later they found three of their songs on Milli Vanilli's debut album, which later went multi-platinum.[2]

Farian produced Toby and Jens’ first album Q' as artists', which was followed by a live tour. Funk legend George Clinton would later hear the record and invited Toby and Jens to perform two songs on stage with his P-funk band.[2]

Commercial breakthrough[edit]

In 1990, Toby met Mauritian singer Jacqueline Nemorin. This became the beginning of a 10-year collaboration between the two. Together with Farian, Toby produced Nemorin’s first album “The Creole Dance” on BMG.[2]

In 1994, Toby signed on with manager Klaus Frers (Daydream Music Supervizing) and produced Nemorin’s second album for EMI Europe. It was also Klaus who moved the duo into music production for dozens of successful TV shows, commercials and movie soundtracks. Toby and Jacqueline wrote and produced the title-song for the movie Neverending Story III, the music for two popular daily TV talk-shows that stayed on air for four years, and the single "The Magic of the Fall", which went on to win the BDA Gold Award in L.A. for best TV trailer concept. In 1998, Toby was hired by the Spanish producer Rafael Perez to work on Enrique Iglesias’ third album. That same year Toby signed a deal with Joost Van Os, former head of Polygram[2]

Move to New York City[edit]

Following much success in his home country, Gad relocated to New York, opening Strawberrybee studio in Midtown Manhattan.[2] The album title song and hit single "Unspoken" of Christian Platinum artist Jaci Velasquez, written by Toby, Madeline Stone and O.Hatch, managed to stay half a year in the Christian Billboard top 20 single charts and was re-released on the Billboard #2 album WOW Greatest Hits 2004.[citation needed]

Meanwhile Toby had several successes back overseas. “Damn I Think I Love You” stayed at #1 for seven weeks and became the most sold single 2001 in the Netherlands. The #1 StarMaker album with two of Toby's songs went triple platinum. Sita’s debut single “Happy" was at #1 for two weeks and remained in the top five for two months. The song was also released in the US on the Wild Thornberries soundtrack, followed by the #1 album of Sita.

Success in America[edit]

After 3 years in New York without any success, Toby was given the chance to work with MTV host Willa Ford. Their single "A Toast to Men" became a #40 radio single, appearing in the hit movie Barbershop 2.[4]

Gad, with David and William Derella from DAS, worked out a co-publishing deal with Cherrylane Music Publishing and record deals for several of Gad's artists. In August 2005, Interscope Records released Texan teen Kaci Brown's album Instigator, entirely developed, produced and co-written by Gad. R&B group Fatty Koo has an album on Columbia Records on which every song is produced and co-written by Toby. He produced and co-wrote songs on the album of the Australian twins The Veronicas, who scored the biggest US newcomer record deal of the year on Warner Bros. Records/Sire records and went double platinum in Australia.

Meleni and Gad co-wrote the song "Drop it on me" on Ricky Martin's 2005 album Life. Another artist that Toby developed for years, Lola, released her single "No Strings" on Warner Bros. Records/Sobe, which spent 4 months on the Billboard Dance charts, peaking at #2.

In 2006, Gad opened a second studio with five interns, expanding his production company "Strawberrybee Music" and his publishing company "Gad Songs". Toby produced the entire Blue Note records album of Elizabeth Withers, who starred in Broadway musical The Color Purple, and contributed a song on Fergie's platinum selling album The Dutchess. He also collaborated with then 13-year-old Emmy nominated actress/singer Keke Palmer on her 2007 debut album on Atlantic Records and produced a song for the second season of hit Disney sitcom Hannah Montana.

In 2008, Gad and Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" was Grammy nominated for best female vocal performance and won ASCAP "Song Of The Year". The song twice broke the record for most airplay on US radio and spent a total of 21 weeks in various Billboard US charts at #1, including one week #1 in the Hot 100. Over 87 worldwide compilation albums feature the song. Gad scored his second worldwide #1 hit with Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy," which Toby produced and co-wrote. "If I Were A Boy" reached #1 in nine countries and hit top-ten in over 20 countries around the world. Toby's third platinum number one hit was the indie-electro pop anthem "Untouched" by Aussie duo The Veronicas. The song sold platinum in the US and reached #1 in Ireland and Mexico.

Move to Los Angeles[edit]

In summer 2009, Gad relocated his recording studio to Los Angeles. The new studio, located in the Hollywood Hills, features several music production rooms and a video editing room. In Los Angeles, Toby continued collaborating with stars such as American Idol finalists Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta and Jessica Sanchez

In 2009 Toby also launched his own record label, Kite Records, which is a collaboration between Toby, David Sonenberg/DAS Management, and Island Def Jam Music Group as well as Gad Films which features exclusive behind the scenes footage of Toby working in the studio with stars such as Miley Cyrus and The Veronicas. In 2011 Toby co-wrote "All Of Me" for John Legend, which, after three years of dormancy [clarification needed] made its way to #1 on the Top 100 for three weeks and was certified 8 times platinum.

In 2015 he executive produced and co-wrote much of Leona Lewis' fifth studio album, I Am.


Year Artist Album/Singles US & UK Album Charts US & UK Single Charts Single & Album Certifications
1988 Fancy Contact
  • "I Don't Want To Go"
  • "Girl Don't Let Me Down"
Milli Vanilli All or Nothing
  • "Can't You Feel My Love?"
  • "Boy In The Tree"
  • "Is It Love"
1989 Q Q-NRG
  • "Rainy"
1991 Los Reyes "Tarot - Single"
1992 Nemorin "The Creole Dance - Single"
1995 Nemorin Neverending Story III
  • "Mission of Love"
  • "Dream On"
The Magic of the Fall
  • "Mission of Love"
  • "Angelina"
1999 Scatman John Take Your Time
  • "The Chicadee Song"
Bellissima "Ohh La La - Single"
Enrique Iglesias Cosas del Amor
  • "Cosas Del Amor"
  • "Para De Jagar"
  • "Ruletta Russia"
  • #1 US Billboard Top Latin Albums
  • WW : Platinum (Album)
2000 AOC "Maybe You're Right - Single"
2001 Starmaker Bulletproof
  • Damn I Think I Love You
  • Rebel Child
  • NLD : 3X Platinum (Album)
2002 Sita Wild Thornberries
  • Happy
2004 Willa Ford Sexysexobsessive
  • #11 US Hot Dance Singles Sales
Sandy Mölling "Unexpected"
  • #12 US Bubbling Under Hot 100
2005 Lola Take it Like I Give It
  • "No Strings"
  • #2 US Hot Dance Club Songs
Jaci Velasquez Unspoken
  • "Unspoken"
  • #55 US Billboard 200
Ricky Martin Life
  • #6 US Billboard 200
  • #40 UK Album Chart
  • #20 US Bubbling Under Hot 100
  • WW : Gold (Album)
Nicole Wray Lovechild
  • "Child of the King"
  • "Say My Name"
  • "Where I'm From"
  • "You Ain't S*** to Me"
The Veronicas The Secret Life Of...
  • "Secret"
  • "Mouth Shut"
  • "Speechless"
  • #3 US Billboard Top Heatseekers
  • AUS : 4x Platinum (Album)
2006 Jane Zhang Jane.Love EP
  • "To Be Loved"
  • "Counterclockwise"
  • CHI : 5x Platinum (Album)
Meleni Smith Meet Me In the Bathroom
  • "Meet Me In The Bathroom"
  • "Happy"
Kaci Brown Instigator
  • "Instigator"
  • "Unbelievable"
  • #9 US Hot Dance Club Songs - "Instigator"
  • #27 US Hot Dance Club Songs - "Unbelievable"
Elisabeth Withers "It Could Happen to Anyone" - Single
Fergie The Dutchess
  • #2 US Billboard 200
  • #18 UK Album Chart
  • #1 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #2 UK Singles Chart
  • #1 more than 10 Countries Worldwide
  • WW : 4x Platinum (Singles)
  • WW : 8x Platinum (Album)
2007 Keke Palmer DisneyMania 5
  • "True to Your Heart"
  • #14 US Billboard 200
So Uncool
  • "Bottoms Up"
  • "Rainbow"
  • "Skin Deep"
  • "Wake Up Call"
  • #28 US Billboard Top Heatseekers
The Veronicas Hook Me Up
  • #1 US Billboard Top Heatseekers
  • #35 UK Album Chart


  • #17 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #35 UK Singles Chart

"Take Me on the Floor"

  • #81 US Billboard Hot 100


  • WW : Platinum (Singles)
Hannah Montana Original Soundtrack
  • #1 US Billboard 200
  • #8 UK Compilations Chart


  • #80 US Billboard Hot 100
  • WW : 5x Platinum (Album)
2008 Donna Summer Crayons
  • #17 US Billboard 200
  • #142 UK Album Chart

"Fame (The Game)"

  • #2 US Hot Dance Club Songs
Beyoncé I Am... Sasha Fierce
  • #1 US Billboard 200
  • #2 UK Album Chart
  • #3 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #1 UK Singles Chart
  • #1 more than 9 Countries Worldwide
  • WW : 3x Platinum (Singles)
  • WW : 7x Platinum (Album)
Natasha Bedingfield Pocket Full of Sunshine
  • "Freckles"
  • "Happy"
  • #3 US Billboard 200
  • #9 UK Album Chart
  • US : Gold (Album)
Brandy Human
  • "Gonna Find My Love"
  • "Human"
  • #15 US Billboard 200
Camp Rock Camp Rock soundtrack
  • "Too Cool"
  • "Hasta La Vista"
  • #3 US Billboard Hot 200
  • VW : Platinum (Album)
Keke Palmer True Jackson, VP
  • "True Jackson, VP (Theme Song)"
2009 Ashley Tisdale Guilty Pleasure
  • "Me Without You"
  • "Delete You"
  • #12 US Billboard 200
  • #130 UK Album Chart
Sandra Back To Life
Jordin Sparks Battlefield
  • "Let It Rain"
  • "Emergency (911)"
  • "Faith"
  • "Vertigo"
  • "Papercut"
  • #7 US Billboard 200
  • #11 UK Album Chart
  • WW : Gold (Album)
Demi Lovato Here We Go Again
  • "Everything You're Not"
  • #1 US Billboard 200
  • #199 UK Album Chart
  • WW : 2x Platinum (Album)
Hannah Montana Hannah Montana 3
  • "Just a Girl"
  • #2 US Billboard 200
  • #5 UK Compilations Chart
  • WW : 3x Platinum (Album)
Pixie Lott Turn It Up
  • "Band Aid"
  • "Nothing Compares"
  • #6 UK Album Chart
  • UK : 2x Platinum (Album)
Jessie James Jessie James
  • "Inevitable"
  • #23 US Billboard 200
Esmee Denters Outta Here
  • "Admit It"
  • #48 UK Album Chart
Jessica Jarrell Armageddon Single
  • "Armageddon"
Allison Iraheta Just Like You
  • "Scars"
  • #35 US Billboard 200
Selena Gomez & the Scene Kiss & Tell
  • "I Don't Miss You At All"
  • #9 US Billboard 200
  • #12 UK Album Chart
  • WW : Platinum (Album)
Kris Allen Kris Allen
  • "The Truth"
  • "From The Ashes"
  • "I Need To Know"
  • #11 US Billboard 200
Alicia Keys The Element of Freedom
  • "Love Is My Disease"
  • #2 US Billboard 200
  • #1 UK Album Chart
  • WW : 4X Platinum (Album)
Robin Thicke Sex Therapy
  • "Mona Lisa"
  • #9 US Billboard 200
  • #8 UK R&B Album Chart
  • WW : Gold (Album)
  • "Touched"
  • #3 US Billboard Top Heatseekers
2010 Monrose Ladylike
  • "Catwalk V-O-G-U-E"
Lee DeWyze Live It Up
  • "Live It Up"
  • "Dear Isabelle"
  • "Brooklyn Bridge"
  • "Earth Stood Still"
  • #19 US Billboard 200
  • #122 UK Album Chart
Selena Gomez & the Scene A Year Without Rain
  • #4 US Billboard 200
  • #14 UK Album Chart

A Year Without Rain

  • #35 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #78 UK Singles Chart
  • #1 US Hot Dance Club Songs
  • US : 2x Platinum (Singles)
  • WW : Platinum (Album)
Pixie Lott Turn It Up Louder
  • #6 UK Album Chart
  • #12 UK Singles Chart
  • UK : 2x Platinum (Album)
Emily Osment Fight or Flight
  • #2 US Billboard Top Heatseekers
  • #31 US Hot Dance Club Songs
Hannah Montana Hannah Montana Forever
  • #11 US Billboard 200
  • #38 UK Album Chart

Ordinary Girl

  • #91 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #93 UK Singles Chart
Drake Bell Unreleased
  • "Nevermind"
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam soundtrack
  • "It's On"
  • "Tear It Down"
  • #3 US Billboard 200
  • #22 UK Soundtrack Albums Chart
  • WW : Gold (Album)
JLS Outta This World
  • #2 UK Album Chart
  • #1 UK Singles Chart
  • UK : 2x Platinum (Album)
Tarja What Lies Beneath
  • #24 US Billboard Top Heatseekers
  • #11 UK Rock Album Chart
Jazmine Sullivan Love Me Back
  • "Stuttering"
  • #17 US Billboard 200
Nadine Coyle Insatiable
  • "My Sexy Love Affair"
  • "You are the One"
  • #47 UK Album Chart
Alesha The Entertainer
  • "Cool with Me"
  • #84 UK Album Chart
2011 Nicole Scherzinger Killer Love
  • #8 UK Album Chart
  • #85 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #1 UK Singles Chart
  • #2 US Hot Dance Club Songs
  • WW : Gold (Singles)
  • UK : Gold (Album)
Selena Gomez & the Scene When the Sun Goes Down
  • #3 US Billboard 200
  • #15 UK Album Chart
  • #94 US Billboard Hot 100
  • WW : Platinum (Album)
James Morrison The Awakening
  • "Up"
  • "Slave to the Music"
  • "One Life"
  • #49 US Billboard 200
  • #1 UK Album Chart


  • #30 UK Singles Chart

One Life

  • #159 UK Singles Chart
  • WW : Platinum (Album)
Jessie J Who You Are
  • #11 US Billboard 200
  • #2 UK Album Chart

Who You Are

  • #12 US Bubbling Under Hot 100
  • #8 UK Singles Chart
  • UK : Silver (Singles)
  • WW : 2x Platinum (Album)
Ashley Tisdale Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
  • "Gonna Shine"
Colbie Caillat All of You
  • "I Do"
  • "Think Good Thoughts"
  • "What Means the Most"
  • #6 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #23 US Billboard 200
  • US : Gold (Singles)
  • WW : Gold (Album)
Demi Lovato Unbroken
  • #4 US Billboard 200
  • #45 UK Album Chart


  • #10 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #7 UK Singles Chart
  • US : Platinum (Singles)
  • WW : Platinum (Album)
Kelly Clarkson Stronger
  • "The War Is Over"
  • "Einstein"
  • #2 US Billboard 200
  • #5 UK Album Chart
  • WW : 2x Platinum (Album)
Cher Lloyd Sticks + Stones
  • "Dub on the Track"
  • #9 US Billboard 200
  • #4 UK Album Chart
  • WW : Gold (Album)
One Direction Up All Night
  • "Taken"
  • #1 US Billboard 200
  • #2 UK Album Chart
  • WW : 4x Platinum (Album)
Pixie Lott Young Foolish Happy
  • "Dancing on My Own"
  • "Love You to Death"
  • #18 UK Album Chart
  • UK : Gold (Album)
Big Time Rush (band) Elevate
  • "Cover Girl"
  • #12 US Billboard 200
  • WW : 2x Platinum (Album)
Dia Frampton Red
  • "Daniel"
  • #1 US Billboard Top Heatseekers
2012 Colbie Caillat Christmas In The Sand
  • "Happy Christmas"
  • #41 US Billboard 200
Kumi Koda Japonesque
  • "V.I.P"
  • "Boom Boom Boys"
  • JPN : Gold (Album)
Paloma Faith Fall to Grace
  • "Blood Sweat & Tears"
  • #2 US Billboard Top Heatseekers
  • #2 UK Album Chart
  • UK : 2x Platinum (Album)
Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss
  • "Beautiful (feat. Justin Bieber)"
  • "Your Heart Is a Muscle"
  • #6 US Billboard 200
  • #9 UK Album Chart

Beautiful (feat. Justin Bieber)

  • #87 US Billboard Hot 100
  • #68 UK Singles Chart
  • WW : Gold (Album)
One Direction Take Me Home
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • #1 US Billboard 200
  • #1 UK Album Chart
  • WW : 4x Platinum (Album)
JLS Evolution
  • "Reload"
  • #3 UK Album Chart
Casey Abrams Casey Abrams
  • "Simple Life"
  • #101 US Billboard 200
Kris Allen Thank You Camellia
  • "Blindfolded"
  • #26 US Billboard 200
Tulisa Contostavlos The Female Boss
  • "Kill Me Tonight"
  • "Steal My Breath Away"
  • #35 UK Album Chart
Bridgit Mendler Hello My Name Is...
  • "Postcard"
  • #30 US Billboard 200
  • #107 UK Album Chart
Victoria Justice Girl Up
  • "Girl Up"
Mandy Capristo Grace
  • "Side Effects"
Robin Stjernberg My Versions
  • "Who You Are"
2013 Marco Mengoni #prontoacorrere
Koda Kumi Summer Trip
John Legend Love in the Future
  • #4 US Billboard 200
  • #28 UK Album Chart
  • #1 US Billboard Hot 100
Jessica Sanchez Me, You & the Music
  • "No One Compares (feat. Prince Royce)"
  • "In Your Hands"
  • "Drive By"
  • "Gentleman"
  • #26 US Billboard 200
Selena Gomez Stars Dance
  • "Nobody Does it Like You"
  • #1 US Billboard 200
  • #14 UK Album Chart
  • WW : Gold (Album)
Cody Simpson Surfer's Paradise
  • "Summertime Of Our Lives"
  • #10 US Billboard 200
2014 Alex & Sierra It's About Us
  • "Little Do You Know"
  • "Cheating"
Natalia Jiménez Creo En Mi (Single)
  • "Creo En Mi"
Tessanne Chin Count On My Love
  • "Count On My Love"
  • "People Change"
Foxes Holding onto Heaven
Arty Keep Me Up (Single)
  • "Keep Me Up"
Heffron Drive Parallel (single)
  • "Happy Mistakes"
Hilary Duff Breathe in Breathe Out
The Veronicas The Veronicas
  • "Did You Miss Me (I’m a Veronica)"
  • "Line of Fire"
  • "Born Bob Dylan"
  • "Mad Love"
  • "Lolita"
2015 Leona Lewis I Am (Also executive producer)
  • "Thunder"
  • "Fire Under My Feet"
  • "You Knew Me When"
  • "I Am"
  • "The Essence of Me"
  • "I Got You"
  • "Power"
  • "Another Love Song"
  • "Thank You"
  • "Thick Skin"
  • "The Best and The Worst"
Madonna Rebel Heart
  • "Illuminati"
  • "Living for Love"
  • "Unapologetic Bitch"
  • "Bitch I'm Madonna"



  1. ^ Gad V-Blog 12 April 2008 (Veronicas, Sinai, RobFusari, G.Chamb) YouTube; accessed 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Moore, Jayne "Writer/Producer Toby Gad Has Breakthrough Success, Co-Writing #1 Hit "Big Girls Don't Cry" With Fergie'", 'Songwriters Universe'.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Barbershop 2: Back in Business'",; accessed 11 May 2015.