What they say…
“Beautifully fusing old school with modern flairs, Toeman has cooked up the perfect recipe for the new era of soul!”
The Hype Magazine
A vibrant and powerful performer, Danny Toeman seamlessly blends the classic vibes of Funk and Soul’s golden age with his own inimitable London edge that modernises his work, giving it a fresh ‘neo-vintage’ flavour. His gravel tones combined with an altitude-defying falsetto set him apart, creating a sound oozing with character and emotion. With his backing band The Love Explosion, Toeman stages an electrifying show filled to the brim with feel-good funky soul, designed to make everyone get on up!
Born in London, Danny was well acquainted with the Soul, Funk, and Rhythm and Blues of artists such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles from an early age, before graduating onto the hard-hitting Southern Soul of artists like Wilson Pickett and Bobby Womack, and the refined uptown Philly Soul of artists like the O’Jays and The Spinners. A guitarist since the age of seven, and a singer before that, he grabbed any opportunity to perform his songs on stage for an audience.
Danny Toeman truly set out on his musical career after graduating University (where he won the regions official Battle of the Bands contest). Soon after, he was in demand as a supporting act for a number of great Soul artists, including Charles Bradley of Daptone, Michael Kiwanuka, Queen of Rare Groove Betty Wright, and 4-time Grammy winner Robert Cray. Around the same time, Danny’s music reached a worldwide audience when a song of his was discovered on Soundcloud by scouts, and placed on the in-store playlists of Abercrombie & Fitch. Since then, his music has appeared in film and television shows around the world, most notably Saturday Night Live (NBC).
Danny continued to perform nonstop around the UK, occasionally traveling to continental Europe for appearances. From 2019-2021, he hosted and promoted a series of headline shows at the famous Pizza Express Jazz Club, which garnered sold-out crowds every night. The pinnacle of the support slots came in 2019, when Danny was chosen as the primary support act for funk legends Kool and the Gang at their o2 Arena show in London, in front of 10,000 spectators.
In Mid-2020 Danny was approached by LRK Records to release his track “She’s Got Something About Her” on vinyl. Within 3 months of release it went completely sold out, taking the European Soul Scene by storm. It garnered multiple radio plays, including from BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles, and veteran BBC DJ Robert Elms pronounced it his “new favourite song”.
In 2022, Danny received his first spin on BBC 2 for the single “Shake The Blues (Outta Your Shoes)” and was chosen by industry professionals out of thousands of competitors to act as the opening act for the legendary Diana Ross at one of her rare UK performances. Even more recently, his latest single “When the Lights Go Down” has reached No.20 in the Official UK Soul Chart, and orders for the ’45 vinyl on LRK Records are moving swiftly!
As the world continues to open up, Danny looks forward to taking his show across Europe and around the World.