Toby Love

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Toby Love
Also known asSoul Love
BornThe Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1999–present
LabelsElegant Boyz

Toby Love is an American singer and 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 sixteen, 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 Certifications
US U.S. Latin U.S. Latin Trop U.S. Latin Pop
2006 "Tengo Un Amor"
100
2
3
25
Toby Love
• U.S. RIAA certification: 2X Platinum[7]
"Please Don't Cry"
13
22
2007 "Amores Como El Tuyo"
2008 "Llorar Lloviendo"
22
2
36
Love is Back
• U.S. RIAA certification: Gold[8]
"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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Latin Music Interview: "Toby Love Becomes the Voice of the Youth"
  2. ^ a b c d e Toby Love Coming to Los Angeles To Promote His New Album
  3. ^ a b c Otero, Navani (2006-10-03). "nocheLatina - Q&A Sessions: Toby Love". nocheLatina. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  4. ^ "Ex integrante de Aventura, Toby Love, presenta credenciales en el Centro de Arte & Comunicación Celinés Toribio". El Nuevo Diario. 2006-12-15. Archived from the original on 2015-04-12. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  5. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  6. ^ Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.
  7. ^ "American single certifications – Toby Love – Tengo Un Amor". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 22 May 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH. 
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Toby Love – Llorar Lloviendo". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 22 May 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH. 

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