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Ryan Toby

Ryan Tobby is an American soul singer, producer, songwriter and actor. Known for his role in the 1993 movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit as Wesley Glen Ahmal James, he is popularly known as the baritenor in the group City High. Born in November 26, 1976, in Willingboro, New Jersey, US, Ryan got his first fame when he was sixteen. He acted as the member of the kids choir in the movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, who would steal the show with their “Joyful, Joyful” performance. He contributed in the rap as well.

He was a part of the band City High. Their debut album was sold for millions and they were nominated for the Grammy. However, the band split after two years. This was the year when Ryan married a bandmate - Claudette Ortiz. The couple had started dating since the time the band was formed and had an affair for two years.

The band had to split unfortunately in the year 2003. Tobby and Ortiz got married, the same year. They were engaged for eight months, before they tied a knot. Tobby married her fiance who was his girlfriend on October 14, 2004 after dating for a few years and being engaged for a few months.

Managing a family with two children and performing on stage, simultaneously, is a difficult job. In an interview once Tobby was asked how the couple is managing the marriage and their musical interests simultaneously. Tobbyy answered that the couple manages all these by being together. They stay together all the time, no matter what. Toddy claimed that this is the reason for their successful marriage and career. Ryan Toddy supported his wife to the tilt. He even became her manager and also helped her as a guide. He gave many tips and helped his wife with her solo career. After their marriage, Ortiz was to release a solo album –LP. Tobby was very supportive.

However, as they say, good things come to an end. Soon, this perfect marriage came to its end. The couple was married for three years and then decided to split-up. The reason for their split-up is not mentioned by any of them. However, it was an early end to what could have been a perfect marriage.

They separated on February 25, 2007. After a few months, they filed a case in court on October 10, 2007 and finally, got a divorce on December 1, 2007. The couple has two children, both being boys. The older one - Daunte Goncalves – was born in 2003 and the younger one – Joel – was born in 2005. Ryan also has a daughter as he has mentioned in some of his interviews. After the split-up, Ryan moved back to Los Angeles and found some peace. Ryan is presently at Los Angeles where he is pursuing his musical career


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Published : Jun 17 2014
Modified : Mar 27 2016
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