"Seldom do you come across a young woman with a voice mature enough to sing jazz and blues like the greats. Lola Toben is a rare gem."
-Erica Mueller (Wildflower Music Festival)
Lola Toben is a singer, pianist, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Referred to as the “female Elton John,” Lola is an artist who captivates audiences with her soulful voice and intricate songwriting. Her petite frame and humble demeanor have not stopped her from being a powerhouse performer. She has taken her original music across the country, performing at notable venues such as The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and Blueberry Hill in St. Louis. She was a Top Ten Finalist in the 2015 Wildflower! Songwriting Competition in Richardson, Texas. She was chosen as “Artist of the Week” in Coming Up Magazine in May 2017. She has also toured with noted musicians such as Premik Russell Tubbs (Santana, Sting, James Taylor), Jeff Haynes (Joni Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock) and bass virtuoso Michael Manring. Lola has been a soloist and pianist for several nationwide Christian conferences and retreats.
When off the stage, Lola works as a studio musician: session singing, arranging, coaching and playing keyboard. In her hometown of Saint Louis, she was a respected singer and songwriter at Nelly’s Extreme Institute and Shock City Studios. She and her husband released a self-titled EP in 2014, Bryan and Lola. She also released an inspirational album in 2016 entitled, A Living Prayer. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2017, she has worked with notable producer Jez Colin (Barry Manilow, *NSync, Stevie Wonder), singing on the trailer for major motion picture, Kong: Skull Island. Lola has also recorded her own EP with Grammy-nominated producers, Alex Elena and Topher Mohr. Her first single, “Way to Your Heart,” was featured on KX 93.5 Laguna Beach Radio and LA On Lock Music Blog. She will be releasing the rest of the singles over the next few months.
Lola is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Webster University with a degree in Jazz Performance and Composition. When she is not performing, Lola teaches piano, voice, and composition lessons privately. She has worked as an adjunct vocal professor at Principia College. For more information on private lessons, click here.