Toy Connor, the Caribbean-American musician and actress caught the ear of Motown legend Berry Gordy with her unique Caribbean dancehall sound, and feature her new single “They Don’t Even Know.” Toy’s last single “Be in Love Tonight” was featured on Gordy’s hit compilation “NOW That’s What I Call Music” alongside Britney Spears, Diana Ross and R. Kelly. Another record is influenced by some of music’s most notable pioneers including Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and Tina Turner, giving her a distinct sound all her own that mixes the unconventional feel of Urban Pop with the seductive and moody authenticity of Caribbean Reggae.
Women Fitness President joins the singing sensation for a conversation about her love for music and what the drives her through.
Walk us through your journey into the world of music and acting.
Well its simpler than you think. I’ve been attracted to music since I was a baby. Particularly, I am in love with the sound of the acoustic guitar, because my father played guitar and always sang to me. I started singing when I was 3 and never stopped. I began writing poetry and short stories when I was like 8 or 9 years old, and ultimately asked God for the gift of melody so I could write songs. I began acting when I was a kid as well, and ended up on a hit HBO Television show, because my mother encouraged me to mail a Hollywood Casting director my very 1st screenplay ever, and she actually called a meeting, which led to me ultimately auditioning for “The Corner”. It really was a shot in the dark, that became a storybook dream come true. It amazed me and my parents, even though my mom still says she felt I was put on this earth to write and she can always see my stories so vividly when she reads them.
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