3TOB is Tony Toni Toné Original Band! The group consists of Tony Toni Toné founding members, Elijah Baker, Antron Haile, and Carl Wheeler. Also on board are Jubu Smith, who joined Tony Toni Toné during the production of their second album The Revival, and Amar Khalil who took over as lead singer following Raphael Saadiq’s exit from the group in 1998. Of all these guys, Khalil had the longest run with the original group, staying 20 years.
In 2019, while working on the production of the award-winning documentary, Loyalty No Royalty: The Breakup of Tony Toni Toné, the concept of 3TOB "Tony Toni Toné Original Band" was born.
In the original group’s heyday, album covers and media coverage promoted them as a three-member band, when in fact, there were six members counting Elijah Baker, Antron Haile, and Carl Wheeler.
They were the “sound” of the band. Then Jubu Smith joined the group and added his unique and recognizable guitar riffs to that sound.
3TOB Music & Entertainment is on a mission to bring that sound back to their fans and the music world as a whole.
The making of music always came from the imagination of how the composer wanted it to sound.
These men are true musicians, using live instrumentation and old school music production expertise to bring back the soulful, quality sound that has been missing from modern music.
Elijah Baker is a lifelong bass player, singer and songwriter who has made his mark as a renowned producer. He is also CEO of Ambitious Records, Inc.
Carl Wheeler is a keyboardist since childhood. He is a masterful producer, R&B songwriter, and musical director. In addition to other projects, Carl has been performing with Frankie Beverly and Maze for 20 years.
Antron Haile is an accomplished synthesist, producer, and songwriter. Over the years he has been a part of creative collaborative partnerships with numerous groups and solo artists.
Jubu Smith is an extraordinary guitar player, singer and songwriter. He is front man for his group, Legally Blynd and is well known for his guitar solo performances with Frankie Beverly and Maze.
Amar Khalil is a lead singer with an unforgettable, resonant tenor voice. Besides his current involvement with 3TOB, he has produced and released several solo projects for himself, his son, and other rising young artists.
MEET THE NEWEST MEMBER
Lionel “LJ” Holoman is Antron Haile’s Nephew and the newest, youngest member added to the 3TOB (The Original Band) in 2022.
He’s a very accomplished organist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer, and vocalist.
LJ has won 3 Grammy Awards (3 years in a row) with Bay Area renowned artist Fantastic Negrito
He has acquired Platinum and Gold plaques working with artists such as Dr.Dre, 50 Cent, The Game, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Raphael Saadiq, Joss Stone just to name a few.
Mentored by his favorite organist Carl Wheeler, original member of Tony Toni Ton’e! has made him the musician he is today.
LJ has been accepted and reveled by the other members of The Original Band Elijah, Jubu, and Amar as Little Bro the perfect fit!
He’s played with several iterations of Tony Toni Ton’e! from 2003-2017.
He is honored to be a part of 3TOB and help propel the legacy of the new band to the fullest.
3TOB Music & Entertainment has established itself as a "Partnership" formed by all 6 members of the 3TOB Tony Toni Toné Original Band!