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La Toya Cathey

A lifelong resident of Birmingham who grew up in a musically-gifted family, La Toya Cathey started singing in church at the age of three. A fan of musicals, as a child she was inspired by the "Mama I Want to Sing" and "Dreamgirls". She sang in the Ensley High School choir, the Talladega College choir, and the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church choir, where she has been a member since 1978. La Toya has also sung backup and recorded with Birmingham's notable saxophonist and musician, the late Darryl Foster for over 14 years. She has sung under the direction of Minister Daniel Cason II, Brenda Banks Smith, Alona Cunningham, Dr. Henry Panion, Kevin Freeman and the late Barrington Brooks and Perry Anderson. She has performed, recorded, and toured with various choirs and bands in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and New York-including the Field Studies International Concert Series at Carnegie Hall. La Toya spent the past two years in Europe touring with Donna Brown and The Golden Gospel Pearls. The tour featured 23 sold-out performances before a total of more than 69,000 people in Berlin, Soest, and Luxemberg, Germany.