Tosinger is an Atlanta based sweet spirited indie artist originally from the Yoruba tribe in Ogun State, Southwestern Nigeria, western part of Africa. She is an inspirational AfroSoul/Jazz/Folk Singer Songwriter who is also a Writer/Storyteller and an Artpreneur, an eclectic woman of the arts with a warm personality and matchless passion. Her vocal essence has been described as soulful, soothing and calming; her sublime voice displays a simple conveyance of heartfelt richness and freshness. She draws influences from her Yoruba cultural background and afrobohemian earthiness from her maternal lineage which contributes to the aura of her personal brand. Tosinger’s musical influences consists of an eclectic mix of legendary artists including Mariam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, Majek Fashek, Tracy Chapman, Whitney Houston, Letta Mbulu, Cece Winans, Hillsongs, Bobby McFerrin, Celine Dion, Lauryn Hill, Cesaria Evora, Don Moen, Kim Burrell, Nina Simone to name a few.. A lover of classics, she also respects the elders in the afrojazz / world music genre like Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Youssou N’Dour,Baba Maal Ebenezer Obey and Hugh Masekela. Tosinger started singing in the church as a worship leader in her college fellowship at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where the nickname, ‘Tosinger’, was coined by friends. Her first name Oluwatosin (short form – Tosin) means “God is worthy to be worshiped” in Yoruba. The merge of ‘Tosin’ and ‘Singer’ became ‘Tosinger’. In 2000, she attended Nottingham University for a postgraduate (MA) program in International Relations where she became known for her vocal talent and subsequently played a leadership role in the school’s Revival Gospel Choir. She moved on to study at the creative arm of the International Bible Institute of London in 2002 where she thereafter had the opportunity to be part of the vocal ensemble of some Broadway shows’ including an Adaptation of ‘Mother Goose’-The Pantomime’, ‘GodSpell’ and ‘Rent’. She continues to act in various capacities in movie productions and theatre. During her stay in London, she learned the acoustic guitar and did backup vocals for contemporary Christian recording artists – Matt Redman and Dave Wellington. She graduated with a Masters degree in Arts Administration from SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design), Atlanta in 2012 and received the Women4Africa award for “International African Woman of the Year” in 2012 for her role behind and infront of the entertainment scene in the afro-diaspora (She is the convener and the brain behind the annual Afrodreamfest concert). Tosinger opened for International legendary African musician ‘Lagbaja’ at the notable Variety Playhouse Atlanta, during his 2015 US Tour. Tosinger released ‘Sound of God’ digitally in 2009, a song lyrically inspiring and ambient in delivery. This song became the US southern 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 EP, her first published work was released in January 2012 and thereafter the ‘Afrospire Demo’ of 7 tracks in 2013. She released her debut full studio album, a 16 track project “Organically Singing” in 2015. Tosinger says “Songwriting comes natural to me. My lyrics are usually influenced by real life experiences/lessons of life, folklore and nature, to encourage others and bring a sense of nostalgia sometimes. Musically, it is a mix of African rhythms, classical arrangements and lyrically, it might include wise sayings and the use of my Yoruba language rendered in a contemporary way, as a soulful ambient ballad, sometimes jazzy, sometimes on a mid tempo wave. If so inspired, I sing on layers of other genres including Jazz. I can also play around with tunes on the acoustic guitar and African percussions”. Tosinger’s music brand is one of African authenticity and roots, very original, organic and traditional, while at the same time, contemporary and classic. Tosinger has a drive and a desire to contribute her music to the world, positively through inspirational messages basked in the ‘AfroJazz/Folk/Soul/World’ genre of music to effect change and spread love, peace, joy, positivity one listener at a time. She is also giving back through her NGO ‘Adopt A Guitar’ – providing music tools for gifted underprivileged youth.
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