Singer songwriter Tobiah is known for her poignant lyrics, for touching hearts with life-affirming stories of love and endurance, and for a voice described by the BBC’s Justine Greene and Doug Welch as ‘silky, velvety, ethereal, heavenly and outstanding.'
Janet Jackson and Will Smith have vied to record her songs and she has worked with music legends including Derek Bramble (David Bowie, American Idol), Robin Black (Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens), Caroline Lavelle( De Dannan/ Loreena McKennit) who played on her album and the late, great Egyptian percussionist, Hossam Ramzy.
During her career Tobiah was snapped up by top manager Brian Freshwater (Joss Stone, Foy Vance), and signed to Chrysalis Music, where one of her songs became the subject of a tussle between Janet Jackson and Will Smith: both wanted to record it. Smith rang to plead for the track and lauded her as a “happening up babe” – which was ironic says Tobiah as “30 minutes before the call I had been up to my eyes in jelly at my class’s Christmas party.”
Are We Angels has continued to be played across the BBC and has received some corking reviews in the press. The album features nine songs written and produced by Tobiah in her cottage studio overlooking the Sussex Downs. The legendary Robin Black asked to mix it after hearing the title track which speaks of those small, random acts of kindness, often from complete strangers, which helped Tobiah so much when her first husband died unexpectedly, aged 26.
Tobiah’s music is listened to worldwide and she recently played live on the Gaby Roslin on BBC London. She has performed on stages in wonderfully diverse venues that include ancient churches, medieval halls and historic houses and is delighted to include Write Angle in her Spring Secret Places Tour. This will be a magical and intimate evening of songs and stories from Are We Angels and a rare solo performance. It’s going to be good!
Tobiah was recently invited by the National Trust at Avebury in Wiltshire to give the first-ever concert in the newly-refurbished chapel in the stone circle and will be returning later this year. She is also a featured 2020 FATEA artist.
'Tobiah sings straight from her heart.' Gaby Roslin, BBC
'Tobiah has been my discovery of the year! I love it when you take a chance on new music and discover somebody amazing.The music tonight was just wonderful... an uplifting experience.' Tony Birch, FATEA
‘A thoughtful, elegant and disarmingly moving album which falls into the triumph category and reveals a voice of soaring crystalline purity.' Mike Davies, FATEA
'I was attracted to this album the first time I heard it and many plays later I still find it beautiful and moving. When the world starts to get too much, this is the one to play.' Folking