Tolivia is a vocalist, composer, and performer at the crossroads of the Contemporary R&B, Neo-soul movement. She is a unique and wired musician who isn't afraid to defy the conventions and push the boundaries of our vision with her inventive Jazz-infused and classical-inspired songwriting.
She was born in Monterey, California, and raised in Prince George's County, Maryland, near the Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia area. She uses her music to share stories and fully express herself.
She had a passion for music and participated in various choirs as a young girl.
She received her classical training from Suitland High School's Visual and Performing Arts program, where she also received a scholarship that enabled her to attend Cleveland State University and graduate with a Bachelor of Music with a Classical Concentration in Voice Performance. Her love of music was impacted by legends like Luther Vandross, Bob Marley, Anita Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, D'Angelo, Jhene Aiko, and Jazmine Sullivan. She recognizes music as an expression of who she is and as an extension of her daily life.
Tolivia is inspired by her maternal grandmother, a phenomenally talented paid gospel singer, and realized that music is the vehicle through which she genuinely expresses herself. She creates songs that are inspired by her experiences, and she uses her musical ability to portray stories and shared perspectives that will resonate with audiences of all ages.
She combines a variety of unique and experimental sounds with her detailed poetry, and she frequently dabbles in multiple genres, resulting in R&B and Jazz-centered fusions that are securely sewn together by emotive undertones.
"Say It" by Tolivia is both realistic and compelling. She recently released "Travel," a song that will transport listeners to a location where they can escape the world and be lost in music while immersed in a very unique style and sound. Music heals and connects, and it has the power to reach the center of our souls with substance and purpose.
Her future projects will highlight her writing's passion and love for honesty. She delves deeper into the emotions that make up the human psyche in order to investigate a variety of issues. The gifted enigma is here to change the industry and leave an indelible mark.