Bio

Born in Tokyo, Japan, TOYA became a professional musician at the young age of eleven. In 1991, after working on more than 100 CDs and many concert tours in Japan, Toya moved to New York. He has worked with world-renowned singers including Ben E. King(Stand By Me), Chuck Jackson, Maxine Brown(R&B Hall of Fame), Dee Dee Sharp(R&R Hall of Fame), Dionne Warwick, Vivian Reed and many more as Musical Director, Composer, Arranger and Keyboardist. Toya has also produced albums, concerts, television commercials, and music for theater.

In July 2001, he directed the music for Opening Ceremony of Former President Bill Clinton’s new office in Harlem, New York. Also TOYA has been producing American Diva's vocal group called "Wild Women" featuring Maxine Brown, Beverly Crosby, Ella Garett and Sherryl Marshall since 2001. He took "Wild Women" to the tour of Japan of 14 cities in the spring of 2006 and November 2008.

In 2009 he created a new song and dance show called "Virtuosity" along with Vivian Reed(two time Tony Award Nominee) as musical director/conductor, composer, arranger and pianist. "Virtuosity" opened and ran for six weeks in Toronto and ran for two weeks in Minneapolis.

In 2011, Toya produced Ben E. King's last album "Dear Japan - Ue Wo Muite Arukou". It showed Toya and Ben's support for the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The song "I Miss You" from this album is a collaborative effort with Toya writing the music and Ben E. King writing the words.

December 10th 2015, Voza Rivers and Toya produced a tribute concert for Sir Ben E. King in entitled "CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF BEN E. KING" starring Chuck Jackson, Maxine Brown, Joe Coleman and many other celebrities. 

At this event, December 10th was declared "Ben E. King Day" in Harlem, New York.