Toby Lightman and Pete Schmidt to Perform at Illinois Wesleyan
November 7, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Singer-songwriter Toby Lightman will perform, along with opening
act Pete Schmidt, on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., in Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher
St., Bloomington). The concert is free and open to the public and sponsored by the
Office of Student Activities.
Lightman, who critics call a powerful, passionate, endlessly expressive and contagious
performer, has a sound inspired by soulful rock and jazz, that has been described
by critics as blending elements of Sheryl Crow and Lauryn Hill.
Growing up just outside of Philadelphia, Lightman started her career when she was
just a child. "Unlike the kids around me, I wasn't really into any one type of pop
music. I remember being six years old and watching a TV special on violinists like
Itzhak Perlman, which I guess made me a bit different from the rest of the first graders,"
said Lightman. She began playing violin at the age of six, and used her talent on
the violin when she recorded her latest album, playing with the symphony for the album's
classic ballad "Frightened."
Lightman did not start singing though, until she and a friend took a vocal workshop
class in high school to "fool around." It was after she continued to be accepted
into more advanced choral groups that she realized she had talent.
Inspired by her all-time favorite singer-songwriter, Stevie Wonder, Lightman began
writing her own songs in college. Critics agree that the highlight of her songwriting
is the "uncommon eloquence of her personal, yet somehow universally resonant lyrics
about universal themes and matters of the heart."
Opening for Lightman is Pete Schmidt who critics call a heartfelt singer-songwriter
who will "continue to soar as a prominent acoustic rocker".
Raised in Alpharetta, Ga., Schmidt's fascination with music started at the age of
14, and through "endless experimentation," transformed him into an intricately harmonious
Schmidt's recent full-length debut No Safe Bet has received nationwide attention. According to critics, his alluring rhythms and
sincere lyrics, matched with his passionate voice, give him the potential to be a
successful singer-songwriter with pop-rock sensibility.
"Being a songwriter, I tend to evolve more than change. I'm always going to keep
that certain uniqueness about myself, and all I've really done is mature with it,"
said Schmidt, who continues to learn and adapt different styles to work with his own.
Schmidt has performed with acts such as Jason Mraz, Everclear, David Gray, Glen Phillips
(Toad the Wet Sprocket), and Norah Jones. Industry ears are "perking up," according
to critics, as he prepares to play alongside Gavin DeGraw.
For more information, contact Assistant Dean of Students Kevin Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 556-3850, or visit http://sun.iwu.edu/~studact/
Contact: Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181