Oluwatoyin means "God is worthy of our praise", and that name captures the essence of Toyin Dada.
Toyin, host of the very first African Gospel Music TV show aired weekly across Canada "African Gospel Vibes with Toyin Dada" and 2011 recipient of the African Entertainment award for Best African Female Gospel artist in Canada, is driven by a desire to live a lifestyle of worship and dedication to God, in all aspects of life. She is truly a lover of God, and this is demonstrated through her diverse talents and initiatives. In addition to being a highly regarded singer/songwriter, Toyin is an accomplished dancer, drummer, musician, entrepreneur, community and youth activist and motivational speaker.
The elusive combination of talent and drive required for success is embodied in this dynamic young woman and her dedication to bringing change to her community through any medium possible: arts, mentorship, business, politics, or health. She brings her energy and infectious personality to young and old alike through many art forms, with an extensive repertoire spanning from theatre, to spoken word, to African dance. In addition to her BSc. in Biology, Toyin has received several academic and art related scholarships.
She is a founding member of the Youth ABCs (Ability to Bring Change) project which has currently trained over 1,000 youth across Canada on how they can change their communities. Toyin also continues to be an active member of her church, Christ Apostolic Church Bethel in Toronto, within the choir, children, youth and young adult ministries.
Toyin's budding career has been influenced by such artists as Misty Edwards, Brooke Fraser, William McDowell, Kim Walker, Lisa McClendon and Phil Tarver.
Her debut and sophomore albums 'Love Letters' and 'Broken Spirit, Contrite Heart' are in stores as well as available through iTunes and other online agents. Upon getting married to fellow artist and musician, Joshua Crandell, Toyin has released a few titles under her new name Toyin Crandell, "A Beautiful Thing" as well as her latest album "Declaration of Dependence" which are also available for physical order as well as on iTunes.
Founder and Director of The Love Movement 4:16- a collective of musical, theatrical and visual artists with singles like 'We Belong', 'I Don't Know Why' and 'Free At Last' as well as a debut album 'Living Out Love'.
Looking forward, Toyin continues to be an agent of positive change through her music, speech, and lifestyle, both at home and abroad while declaring with a prophetic utterance the mysteries of a love relationship between man and God.