Whether she’s shining light on the LGBT community through her music or making the controversial decision to release her album online for free, Toya always sticks to her guns with an infectious energy, and it pays off. In the beginning of 2016 she was awarded ‘Best International Song’ at the Out Music Awards in New York City, and she’s gotten local recognition at the SAMAs and BET Awards too. Does she think these have real merit? “Music awards have a lot of merit, and they’ve definitely opened up a lot of doors for me,” she says. Even so, she’s not one to rest on her laurels. “You can’t only rely on past achievements. You’ve got to keep working.” And that she does. To name a few of her current projects besides her upcoming single, Toya’s been working on a new music video for Klutch Kollective and has left Sony Music Africa to set up her own artist label, Delazy Entertainment, in between playing shows and making connections in London while also prepping to go to Cannes in June as one of the finalists in the Midem Artist Accelerator search.