WHO IS TOSH?
Standing tall at 6'1", Tosh isn't your average girl. Height aside, the colorful, unique and talented 24-year-old strongly excels in singing, writing and painting. As a triple threat with a dazzling persona and a passion full of gaiety, Tosh may as well be a real-life, living and breathing version of the 80's cartoon, Rainbow Brite.
Born and raised in Palm Springs, CA, Tosh spent most of her younger years professionally training to become a tennis star. When she realized that the sport was not her calling, she turned to music, having grown up with a father who loved listening to smooth jazz and Michael Jackson.
"Listening to Michael, well that's a given how amazing his music is, but the pop genre eventually became instilled in my bones and I wanted more," Tosh says. When I was 12, I taught myself how to play the drums and a year later at 13, I taught myself the guitar."
Teens dealing with peer pressure, unstable families, school, bullying and other challenges, tend to look for an outlet to cope. In Tosh's case, she used music as a therapist to help manage the changes she was experiencing in her life. At the age of 16 and knowing how to play a couple instruments, Tosh's desire to sing began to take over her world.
"I was quite tone deaf and couldn't hold a note to save my life," she explains. "But I thought, why not give it a shot and go for it? I taught myself once again and then…BAM! I was able to sing."
Tosh understood that teaching herself how to sing or play instruments wasn't going to bring out the very best in her talent and so during senior year of high school, she started taking professional singing and guitar lessons. It was then that Tosh knew her life was all about music and that she would seek out a professional career as an artist.
"I grew up in a family that had zero music abilities, so everything I worked for was out of pure dedication and practice," Tosh states. "I'm definitely not one of those singers that could say they have been singing since they were 2 or right 'out of the womb'. My enthusiasm for being a singer/songwriter came later, but dreams are never too late to chase."
The world of music has also helped Tosh in understanding who she internally was and meant to be. "During my teen years, I started struggling with sexual orientation, not because I knew I was gay or straight, but because I never felt that I fell under a specific label," Tosh boldly expresses. "I just knew that I loved people for who they were, male or female. As a kid, it was so hard to grasp that and it took years and a lot of songwriting to really understand that I was doing just fine."
In 2011, after leaving a 2 year long gig as the lead singer of a rock/pop/punk band, Tosh moved to London for a change of atmosphere and to see if she could pursue a solo music career. Soon after her big move, Tosh's father unexpectedly passed away and she decided to come back home to Southern California.
"With all the commotion that went on at the time, I turned towards music and wrote song after song," Tosh says. "All this leads me to today, performing the music that I wrote during my hardest times and making them come to life."
Tosh is now a full fledged solo singer with a thriving, up and coming career. She resides in Los Angeles and has had a whirlwind past few months playing almost every local LA hot spot including Sunset Strip's House of Blues and Whiskey a Go Go. Back in May, Tosh was chosen from thousands of applicants to open up 2015's LA Pride on the festival's main stage, which she did so with flying colors.