This article was published on June 16th, 2015
Pride is an important time for the LGBT community. It’s a time to advocate for equality rights, teach the importance of acceptance and diversity, and bring awareness of the issues and complexities of the queer community. With Pride come the feelings of optimism, confidence, and support. Many people take this special time to accept their own sexuality and take the bold and giant step, by coming out. This is exactly what one artist did while performing on the main stage at LA Pride 2015.
“It’s like a warm welcoming; people understand what you’re going through,” said Tosh, an upcoming pop-rock artist originally from Palm Springs, now living in Los Angeles, performed Friday night at LA Pride. “It’s not that I throw myself into an orientation,” said Tosh. “It’s not that it’s about what’s in your pants. I would date a man or a woman. I’m very open. It’s something that draws me into a person and who they are. I don’t judge or say what I am. Why does it matter? It doesn’t affect your life!”
While she had been to LA Pride before, this was her first year performing. “This was the first time being on stage and being comfortable,” Tosh explained. “Doing this was relieving. I performed a show and felt so confident walking off the stage. I killed it! This was huge for me. This was the biggest thing that could ever happen to me. It was the kick-off to my career and new chapter in my life!”
After performing on the main stage at LA Pride, and reflecting on the experience, Tosh felt like a huge weight was lifted from her shoulders. “I’ve always clashed with my career and personal life. I didn’t know if I should come off being a lesbian, bisexual, an image people don’t know, or should I be more mysterious? I decided I’m going to be myself and I’m going to do LA Pride. It shows who I am. It let’s people put the pieces together for themselves. I’ve never had a time of saying I’m out. It was a great experience.”
Tosh has been in love with music since she was a kid. Her interest in music started with banging on the drums. By the time she was 14 she picked up the guitar and taught herself to play. As her music skills improved over the years, she wanted more. She dreamed of being the front women where she could sing, move, and be all over the stage. At 17, she took her passion to a new level by first investing in music lessons to sharpen her talent, then joining a band to gain experience, and most recently breaking out into a solo career that is off to a great start.
“I would say my music style is a mix of pop and rock,” said Tosh. “I do write music according to my mood. One song might be rock and the other could be bubble-gum pop. It’s all based on my mood swings. I’m human.”
Her music is inspired by her life experiences. “It’s something I’ve either gone through or been through somehow,” Tosh explained. “There are so many things that have happened to me to make a full album. My album that is coming out is based on the last four years of my life. When I sit down I write about things that are happening. It’s a mix of emotions.”
It’s been a long and difficult road for Tosh. On top of dealing with an aspiring career as an artist and hiding her sexual orientation publically, she was also fighting depression.
“Everyone goes through a struggle,” said Tosh. “In my teenage years I was trying to understand who I was. I had anxiety really bad. I was trying to figure out who I was. How am I supposed to be on stage performing when I don’t even know who I am?”
Her new album was written and produced in collaboration with Kevin Truckenmiller, of Quietdrive, the band that is renowned for the cover song, Time After Time. Tosh spend three full months in Minnesota writing and recording songs with Kevin Truckenmiller.
Tosh hopes to release her debut album this fall. Over the next couple of months she is focused on building her fan base, with intentions of going on tour after the album is released.
After her debut on the LA Pride stage, coming out, and with an album along the way, Tosh is set to take on the world. Watch Tosh Music; and follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Something big and something good is happening. It’s cool. It’s edgy. It’s exciting!