Toya Alexis

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<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->LaToya Lesmond (born July 16, 1980), better known by her stage name Toya Alexis, is a Canadian R&B vocalist from Ajax, Ontario.

Career

She won a "Rising Star" contest and sang at the Apollo theatre. She first came into the Canadian consciousness as a contestant on the first season of Popstars, a popular show that played on Global, and also had an American version on the WB. She did not win, but was featured on the debut album of the winners, who were dubbed Sugar Jones.

She next was seen as a contestant on the first season of Canadian Idol in 2003, reaching sixth place in a controversial decision as she was widely considered the best singer of the six. While on the show, she could be seen on several occasions executing notes in the whistle register reminiscent of those of Mariah Carey. Paralleling the controversy on American Idol, the week Toya was voted off, she was in the bottom three, which sparked talk of racially charged voting after having the best performance of the night. .

Debut album

She was subsequently offered a recording contract, and released her first single, the Top 40 hit "Am I Loving?", in 2004. She also appeared as a guest vocalist on recordings by several other Canadian artists. Her full-length debut album, S.O.B. Story, was released in August on Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex's label, Plasma. To date, S.O.B. Story has sold 159,000 copies, making Canadian platinum,...
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