Energetic, raw and feisty, Toby is a charismatic singer, songwriter and guitarist magically weaving together roots, rock and blues.
Western Australia’s Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can’t be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat.
A prolific and powerful artist, music has always been Toby’s driving force. Toby grew up in Western Australia and bases much of her work here, with strong ties in Canada, the USA and Europe. Over the past decade Toby has captured the hearts of audiences across the globe. In the meantime, she has 6 albums, 2 live DVDs and several EPs under her belt. Between her touring and recording, it is a rare occasion that she will spend any given time in one place, setting her up for some great song writing inspiration. Toby finds her anchor in her family, her life on the road and the people she meets and this shows in her song writing. She was born to perform.
Toby’s eclectic touring life sees her continue to spread her infectious musical vein across the globe, playing everything from sold out headline shows to impressive festival slots and supports, from barnyard gigs to canal boats and intimate bodegas for a lucky few. Her reputation as a must-see, emotionally charged live performance, intertwined with songs guaranteed to get you moving, precedes her wherever she plays. Like many other musicians the last year has been hard on Toby. In 2020 due to Covid, she lost over 60 shows and 4 international tours.
2021 is a new year and who knows where it will take us all. But one thing is for sure, Toby’s new album ‘What Happens To The Heart’ will help you get through it. The ten track album covers themes of death, grief and loss. Toby’s songwriting has become more vulnerable than it ever has before. ‘Pray For Me’ is about the Australian plebiscite which personally affected Toby and her (then, illegal) wife Amy. ‘On The Road’ would resonate with musicians worldwide who had tours ripped away from them due to Covid restrictions and travel bans. Toby sings openly about how much she misses touring with her Dutch band and the highs and lows of being on the road in such close proximity to her band mates. ‘Caroline’ and ‘Coming Home’ are bound to make you move and smile, whereas tracks like ‘Quicksand’ And ‘Let Me Cry’ will have you weeping in the first verse.
‘What Happens To The Heart’ was recorded and engineered at Rada Studios in Perth with Matt Gio. Both Matt and Toby agree that this is, by far, their best work together.
Perth – Western Australia, Australia
Toby Beard - guitar, vocals
Daryl Eagle - electric guitar, vocals
David Salvaire - drums, vocals
Ben Vaughn - bass, vocals
Jean-Guy – harmonica