Toya Alexis (born Ajax, Ontario), better known by her stage name Toya Alexis, is a Canadian R&B vocalist and actress.

Career

She won a "Rising Star" contest and sang at the Apollo Theatre. In 2001 she appeared, as LaToya Lesmond, as a contestant on season one of Popstars on the Global Television Network. She was a finalist, and was featured on the debut album of the winners who were named Sugar Jones.

She was a contestant on the first season of Canadian Idol in 2003, reaching sixth place in a controversial decision as she was a judge favourite. While on the show, her vocal range was the impressive.

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, who also served as her manager. To date, S.O.B. Story has sold 159,000 copies, making Canadian platinum, making her the highest selling female Canadian Idol singer. She began touring with Esthero, a popular Canadian trip-hop artist, and was showcased with Esthero on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show in the United States.

Theatre

In 2005, she was a featured cast member as "Mabel" in the Canstage show Crowns, at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto.

Her other stage credits have included Doo Wop to Motown (Theatre on the Grand),Once on This Island (Stirling Festival Theatre), Rainbow World (Bathurst Street Theatre), The Good Times Are Killing Me (Royal Alex Theatre) and Dreamgirls, (a co-production between Theatre Aquarius and the Manitoba Theatre Centre).

Idol performances

Top 32 (Group 3) - "I Believe In You and Me" (Whitney Houston),

Wildcard - "Try It on My Own" (Whitney Houston),

Top 11 - "If You Asked Me To" (Celine Dion),

Top 8 - "If You Really Love Me" (Stevie Wonder),

Top 6 - "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder),

Singles history

2002: "I Got U" (with Sugar Jones) (#70, Canadian Singles Chart)

2004: "Am I Loving?" (#36, Canadian Singles Chart)

2005: "Toy Boy" (#17, Canadian Singles Chart)

2006: "Where Did Our Love Go?" (#29, Canadian Singles Chart)