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Ryan Toby made his debut in "Sister Act II." He's written hits for Usher and Will Smith and was a member of the group City High.

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Ryan Toby is an American soul singer, songwriter, producer, and actor known as the baritenor in the group City High. He is also best known for playing Wesley Glen Ahmal James in the 1993 film "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit."

Ryan's musical chronicles began when his manager Marvin Thompson introduced Ryan to then RCA Records A&R Director Kenny Ortiz, which eventually lead to a meeting with Disney & Buena Vista/Touchstone Pictures Executives. The company was looking for young actors/singers for "Sister Act II." Landing a principal role at 16 years old, the talented singer/actor was featured on the accompanying soundtrack. He wrote the rap part to the much loved single "Joyful, Joyful" which also featured newcomer Lauryn Hill and was a featured soloist on the single "Oh Happy Day."

After filming, Ryan was put in touch with Jazzy Jeff (of The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff fame) and was invited to Philadelphia. Jeff and Ryan bonded and he was asked to sign to his Touch of Jazz Production Company. It was during that time that Will Smith visited with Jeff. Smith was working on his upcoming album titled "Big Willie Style." Smith heard Ryan and wanted him to work on his album. The music/rap turned into Smith's hit single "Miami." Ryan received writing credits for "Miami," "Don't Say Nothing," "I Loved Her" and "Candy." The album sold over 20 million copies.

While enjoying the success of working on the Will Smith project, Ryan ran into his old manager Marvin Thompson again. Thompson was working with an artist signed to Wyclef Jean's Booga Basement/Interscope Records label. Jean invited Ryan to sign with his label when his deal with Jazzy Jeff was no longer in existence. Ryan was partnered with Robby Pardlo by Thompson. Nevertheless, Wyclef heard a female voice on some of their demos, Claudette Ortiz. Wyclef decided that he wanted Ortiz to join the group so he could create another Fugees. Ryan, Robby and Claudette named the group City High. The self-titled debut album released in 2001 garnered a Grammy Nomination. The albums sold millions worldwide and the threesome toured for approximately two years.

In 2003, once back in New Jersey, Ryan connected with Super Producers Vidal Davis and Andre Harris. Dre and Vidal were working on songs for platinum plus recording artist Usher. The threesome collaborated on several tracks and three were chosen. "Caught Up," "Superstar" and "Follow Me" made the 2004 chart-topping Usher album titled "Confessions." The album was an instant commercial success in the United States, selling 1.1 million copies in its first week. Over eight million copies sold in 2004. The "Confessions" album has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and, as of 2012, has sold 10 million copies in the US.

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Ryan Toby made his debut in "Sister Act II." He's written hits for Usher and Will Smith and was a member of the group City High.

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Ryan Toby Biography

Ryan Toby is an American soul singer, songwriter, producer, and actor known as the baritenor in the group City High. He is also best known for playing Wesley Glen Ahmal James in the 1993 film "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit."

Ryan's musical chronicles began when his manager Marvin Thompson introduced Ryan to then RCA Records A&R Director Kenny Ortiz, which eventually lead to a meeting with Disney & Buena Vista/Touchstone Pictures Executives. The company was looking for young actors/singers for "Sister Act II." Landing a principal role at 16 years old, the talented singer/actor was featured on the accompanying soundtrack. He wrote the rap part to the much loved single "Joyful, Joyful" which also featured newcomer Lauryn Hill and was a featured soloist on the single "Oh Happy Day."

After filming, Ryan was put in touch with Jazzy Jeff (of The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff fame) and was invited to Philadelphia. Jeff and Ryan bonded and he was asked to sign to his Touch of Jazz Production Company. It was during that time that Will Smith visited with Jeff. Smith was working on his upcoming album titled "Big Willie Style." Smith heard Ryan and wanted him to work on his album. The music/rap turned into Smith's hit single "Miami." Ryan received writing credits for "Miami," "Don't Say Nothing," "I Loved Her" and "Candy." The album sold over 20 million copies.

While enjoying the success of working on the Will Smith project, Ryan ran into his old manager Marvin Thompson again. Thompson was working with an artist signed to Wyclef Jean's Booga Basement/Interscope Records label. Jean invited Ryan to sign with his label when his deal with Jazzy Jeff was no longer in existence. Ryan was partnered with Robby Pardlo by Thompson. Nevertheless, Wyclef heard a female voice on some of their demos, Claudette Ortiz. Wyclef decided that he wanted Ortiz to join the group so he could create another Fugees. Ryan, Robby and Claudette named the group City High. The self-titled debut album released in 2001 garnered a Grammy Nomination. The albums sold millions worldwide and the threesome toured for approximately two years.

In 2003, once back in New Jersey, Ryan connected with Super Producers Vidal Davis and Andre Harris. Dre and Vidal were working on songs for platinum plus recording artist Usher. The threesome collaborated on several tracks and three were chosen. "Caught Up," "Superstar" and "Follow Me" made the 2004 chart-topping Usher album titled "Confessions." The album was an instant commercial success in the United States, selling 1.1 million copies in its first week. Over eight million copies sold in 2004. The "Confessions" album has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and, as of 2012, has sold 10 million copies in the US.

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  • How to book Ryan Toby?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ryan Toby for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ryan Toby, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ryan Toby or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ryan Toby?

    Booking fees for Ryan Toby, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ryan Toby, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ryan Toby?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ryan Toby for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ryan Toby for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ryan Toby or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ryan Toby or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ryan Toby is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ryan Toby for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Ryan Toby generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Lauryn Kahn, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Bill Duke, Whoopi Goldberg and Naomi Scott. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ryan Toby for an upcoming event.

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