Tosinger comes with an earthy musical flow that’s as native and Afro-ethnic as it is a sheer loveliness of heavenly inspiration. Tosinger is a sweet spirited indie artist, an inspirational Afro-soul/folk Singer-Songwriter from Nigeria; she is also a Writer/Poet and a Music Promoter with a keen ear for good music. An eclectic woman of the arts with a warm personality and matchless passion, her message remains inspirational and uplifting. Her vocal essence & sound has been described as soulful and African, soothing and calming, her voice displays a simple conveyance of heartfelt richness and freshness. She draws influences from her Yoruba cultural background and afro-francophone influence from her maternal grandmother which contributes to the earthiness she expresses in her music and aura. Tosinger’smusic influences include an eclectic mix of artists including Mariam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, OnyekaOnwenu, Tracy Chapman, Whitney Houston, Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, CeceWinans, Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Asa, Don Moen, Kim Burrell, Nina Simone among others, to name a few.
Tosinger started singing in the church as a worship leader in her college fellowship where the nickname, ‘Tosinger’, was coined by friends at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her first name Oluwatosin (short form – Tosin) means “God is worthy to be worshiped” in her local dialect, Yoruba. The merge of ‘Tosin’ and ‘Singer’ became ‘Tosinger’. In 2000, she attended Nottingham University where she played a leadership role at the school’s Revival Gospel Choir. She moved on to study Music/Worship/Theater at the creative arm of the International Bible Institute of London in 2002 where she thereafter had the opportunity to be part of some London Broadway shows’ vocal ensemble:‘Mother Goose-The Pantomime’, ‘GodSpell’ and ‘Rent’. In London, she also learned the acoustic guitar and did backup vocals for contemporary Christian musicians- Matt Redman and Dave Wellington.
Tosinger released ‘Sound of God’ digitally in 2009, on iTunes, a song lyrically inspiring and soulful in delivery. This song became the regional winner, chosen by the Donna Groff Agency in the Songwriters’ competition at the AMTC (Actors, Models& Talent Competition) Florida 2009 where she also got a certificate in Stage Presence and Performance.
‘FINALLY’, a 6-track EPwas released in January 2012 pending the completion of a full album project. She has a drive and a desire to contribute her music to the world, positively through inspirational messages basked in the ‘African/World’ genre of music to affect change one listener at a time. She recently concluded a Masters in Arts Administration (2012) from SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design), Atlanta.
Tosinger says “Songwriting comes natural to me. My lyrics and melodies are usually real life experiences and spiritually inspired and it remains inspirational. It is a mix of African vocalisms, beats and the Yoruba language rendered in a contemporary way, sometimes as a soulful ballad, sometimes upbeat, a music genre that can be referred to as “Inspirational AfroSoul or AfroFolk”. I do incorporate other genres like Jazz, Reggae, Ambient music, World, Spoken Word and Neosoul. I can also play around with tunes on the acoustic guitar and African percussion instruments.Tosinger’s music brand is one of African authenticity and roots, very original and at the same time, contemporary and modern.Tosinger is married with two sons and currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.
A beautiful artist and UFFP soul indeed to discover and follow !
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