Timothy Christian Riley

Timothy Christian Riley (born December 10, 1965) is an American drummer, keyboardist, and singer best known for being a member of the multiplatinum 1990s soul/R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!

Timothy Christian Riley
Background information
Birth nameTimothy Christian Riley
Born (1965-12-10) December 10, 1965 (age 57)
Oakland, California, U.S.
  • Drums
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Member ofTony! Toni! Toné!

Early life edit

Riley was born on December 10, 1965[1] in Oakland, California where he attended Castlemont High School. He is cousins to D'wayne Wiggins and Raphael Saadiq. He sang in choir at school and played drums at church.[2]

Early career and Tony! Toni! Toné! edit

Due to Riley having an interest in music, he was chosen by his cousins to be in their band and he continued to play drums in church even after achieving fame. The group has 14 Billboard-charting R&B singles, including five number one hits, three Top Ten pop singles, one gold album, two platinum albums and one double platinum album. They sold over six million albums during their career together.[3] In 2006, Tony! Toni! Toné! was included in the New Jack Reunion Tour line-up.[4] The group has toured internationally since 1998 and continues to perform on tours today. Riley described this atmosphere of constant jamming in Rolling Stone as "like in the neighborhood, there was always competitions. I mean, it would be like school talent shows, and you'd come home from school, and there would be like five or six drummers in their houses playing. Everyone just played, and you had to stay on top of it,".[5]

Music edit

Riley worked on songs for the album, House of Music, independently before recording them together as a group. Eventually, Raphael Saadiq left the band and was replaced by Amir Khalil. He and the other group members worked on songwriting and production for other recording artists during the band's hiatus, including D'Angelo, En Vogue, Karyn White, Tevin Campbell, and A Tribe Called Quest.[6][7]

Film and TV edit

Riley appeared on Saturday Night Live with the rest of Tony! Toni! Toné! in 1993. He served as a contributor to the soundtrack of High School High, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Pose, Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, House Party 2, Jason's Lyric, and Insecure.[8]

Current projects edit

Riley continues to be active as the percussionist of Tony! Toni! Toné![9]

References edit

  1. ^ News Staff, MTV (December 10, 1996). "You Say It's Your Birthday: Tony! Toni! Tone!'s Timothy Christian Riley". MTV. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  2. ^ "Tony! Toni! Tone! Biography". Musician Guide. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  3. ^ Abraham, Mya (May 14, 2022). "Tony! Toni! Toné!: The Last Band Standing". uDiscoverMusic. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  4. ^ Devores, Courtney (November 17, 2006). "New jack swings into Cricket Arena tonight". The Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on January 8, 2007.
  5. ^ "TONY! TONI! TONE!". Geoffrey's Live. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  6. ^ Smith, Shawnee (October 5, 1996). "Tony Toni Toné Rebuild Their 'House' – Mercury Set Finds Trio in Cohesive Style". Billboard. Vol. 108, no. 40. Nielsen Business Media. p. 16. ISSN 0006-2510. 0QkEAAAAMBAJ. Retrieved November 29, 2022 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Jones, Steve [a] (November 19, 1996). "A Retro-Active Dwelling Tony Toni Tone Returns with 'House of Music'". USA Today. Gannett Company. p. 6.D. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  8. ^ "Style, Rhythm and Talent: Tony! Toni! Tone!". We Were Funky. December 11, 2021. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  9. ^ Virtusio, Jessi (July 6, 2016). "Country Club Hills Theater welcomes Tony! Toni! Tone!". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 1, 2022.

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