Composer | Songwriter | Music Producer
Toft Willingham is a music producer, composer, songwriter, singer, screenwriter and videographer in the Los Angeles area. He is the lead singer and songwriter of nationally touring Rock-Reggae band Spiritual Rez. Amassing millions of streams, Spiritual Rez has been awarded two Boston Music Awards and achieved #2 on the iTunes reggae charts with their last two album releases. Rez has performed over one thousand concerts in 45 states, 3 countries and the U.S. Virgin Islands alongside acts such as: George Clinton and P-Funk, Jimmy Buffett, Steel Pulse, Buju Bantan, Toots and the Maytals, Gregory Isaacs, SOJA, Culture and many more.
Over the last 5 years, Toft has produced and engineered over 30 albums including the Reggae Billboard #1 album, Living Free, by Roots of Creation. Toft has collaborated with members of Awolnation, Eve 6, The Dirty Heads, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Hirie and countless other national artists. He has co-written with prominent composer Taisei Iwasaki for the hit Japanese Anime show Blood Blockade Battlefront and scored a Disney animated short film Elephant in the Room. In August 2019, Elephant in the Room had a successful two-week run at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA and is now available on the Disney + streaming service as Episode 13. of the Short Circuit series. The film features both scoring and an original song by Willingham. Toft also scored two indie features in 2019 and his original song "Sober," was placed in the title credits of the feature film Racing Colt (in select theaters now and available on Amazon Prime.)
Toft inherited his love of music from his mother Linda Hoover, who in 1970 was discovered by famed producer Gary Katz and signed to the major record label Roulette Records. Her backing band consisted of Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Danny Diaz who would later become Fusion/Jazz icons Steely Dan. They cut an album entitled "I Mean to Shine" comprised of original songs by Hoover and Becker and Fagen and featuring Linda on lead vocals. Her story is detailed in the Steely Dan biography, Reelin' in the Years, by author Brian Sweet.
Toft also has a passion for film and videography having written and directed over 30 music videos for bands across the country. He has also co-written a feature length screenplay and series with his brother, prominent Previs animator James Willingham III and Disney animator Brian Scott. With degrees in Music Production and Engineering and Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music, Toft blends an innate musical sense with a honed understanding of theory. Toft is currently writing, producing and composing from his studio in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife Eleni and daughter Didi.