Toya (singer)

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Toya
Birth nameLaToya Lacole Rodriguez
Also known asLunatic Lady, St. Lou Girly
Born (1983-07-22) July 22, 1983 (age 37)
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
GenresR&B
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2000-present
LabelsHit City Ent./Arista Records (2000-2009)

LaToya "Toya" Martin[citation needed] (born LaToya Lacole Rodriguez;[1] July 22, 1983), better known by her mononym, Toya, is an American R&B singer from St. Louis, Missouri, best known for her 2001 song, "I Do!!", which reached number 16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Early life and education[edit]

Toya was born LaToya Lacole Rodriguez on July 22, 1983, to a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother. She was named after La Toya Jackson.[2] She graduated from Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Career[edit]

Toya’s career jump started when Courtney Benson and Tony Davis signed Toya to their production company, Hit City Music Group. The two also managed another St. Louis native, Hip Hop superstar Nelly. They took Toya to Arista Records, where then-label chief L.A. Reid signed her to a major record deal instantly. Toya’s first single "I Do!!" had major chart success. And led to her self-titled debut album later that same year, which landed on the Billboard 200. Her second single was 2002's "No Matta What (Party All Night)".

In January 2011, Toya announced via Twitter that she would like to record music again.[3] In April 2013, she stated that she was attempting to record music again.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Toya is married to former University of Tennessee quarterback and current University of Tennessee football assistant coach Tamaurice "Tee" Martin. On March 15, 2004, their son Kaden Martin was born.[5] In 2012, Rodriguez gave birth to a second child, another son Cannon, according to her via Twitter.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song US
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US Rhyth
[8]
US R&B
[9]
AUS
[10]
NZ
[11]
UK
[12]
Certifications Album
2001 "I Do!!" 16 8 25 12 9 Toya
2002 "No Matta What (Party All Night)" 86 34 25
2002 "Hey Ma"
(with Cam'ron, Freeky Zeeky and Juelz Santana)
3 2 7 29 15 8 Come Home with Me

Other appearances[edit]

  • "Stick Out Ya Wrist" (with Nelly), from the XXX soundtrack (2002)
  • "Same Ol Dirty" (with Murphy Lee), from Murphy's Law (2004)
  • "I Had A Dream" (with Terror Time), from Hard Times In Da Country (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toya (2)". Discogs. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "Toya". Askmen.com.
  3. ^ "Twitter / Toya Martin:". Twitter.com. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2012-04-09. really getting that itch t
  4. ^ "Twitter / Toya Martin:". Twitter. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-05-28. I'm trying
  5. ^ "USC football: Tee Martin is officially on board". Usc.ocregister.com. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Billboard Chart Search - Toya, Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Billboard Chart Search - Toya, Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "Billboard Chart Search - Toya, Rhythmic". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Billboard Chart Search - Toya, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Discography Toya". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  11. ^ "Discography Toya". charts.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  13. ^ "British certifications – Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana – Hey Ma". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Cam'ron – Hey Ma". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 28, 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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