Ashley Tobias, TOBI, was born on an Army base in Arizona, raised in New Jersey, but found her home in Astoria, Queens. She earned her BFA from Montclair State University and made her off-Broadway debut in Freckleface The Musical, based on the New York Times bestselling book by Julianne Moore. She toured internationally in the cast of Green Day’s American Idiot, and has shared the stage with Green Day, Hives, Danzig, Die Antwoord, Flogging Molly, and Linkin Park, to name a few acts.
She has provided live backup vocals for Rachel Platten, Andy Grammer, Gogol Bordello, and Kelly Rowland. Her vocals can also be heard on the soundtrack to Fox Search Light’s Motion Picture, Patti Cake$.
TOBI currently tours with Gogol Bordello as a singer, dancer, and percussionist. She appears as a guest vocalist on “Did It All”, the first track off Gogol’s 2017 album Seekers and Finders. When she isn’t traveling the world, she enjoys partnering with the organization Concerts in Motion to bring music to nursing homes, soup kitchens, and hospitals.
TOBI eagerly anticipates the upcoming release of her self-titled debut EP, through which she shares her inspiring story of self-discovery: becoming her most authentic self, and developing her personal motto – “Be true to you”.
In 2015, TOBI took her motto a step further and founded Bee True to You: a musical, interactive anti-bullying program that empowers kids and teens to “Take the Sting – Out of Bullying” through education and original pop/rock songs. Bee True to You has received accolades from parents and teachers alike. For her advocacy work, TOBI was the honored recipient of Meaningful World’s International Youth Peace Award at the United Nations in 2016.
TOBI is set to release Bee True To You’s Debut conceptual album, fall 2019.