17 episodes

The First Time I Heard is host and self proclaimed music nerd Toya Haynes’ love letter to music. On each episode she and her guest will talk about the first time they heard one of their favorite artists. They discuss milestones in the artist’s career and how their music has affected them as well as the songs that make up the soundtrack of their lives.

The First Time I Heard..‪.‬ Toya Haynes

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

The First Time I Heard is host and self proclaimed music nerd Toya Haynes’ love letter to music. On each episode she and her guest will talk about the first time they heard one of their favorite artists. They discuss milestones in the artist’s career and how their music has affected them as well as the songs that make up the soundtrack of their lives.

    Episode 17: The First Time I Heard… Kashif

    Episode 17: The First Time I Heard… Kashif

    In the final episode of Season 2, host Toya Haynes is joined by guest Shameika Rhymes of the show Check the Rhymes joins to talk about the first time they heard the musical virtuoso Kashif.

    • 32 min
    Episode 16: The First Time I Heard... New Edition

    Episode 16: The First Time I Heard... New Edition

    Host Toya Haynes is joined by Len Webb and Vincent Williams of the movie review podcast The Micheaux Mission to talk about the first time they heard her favorite group New Edition. 

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 15: The First Time I Heard... Gladys Knight

    Episode 15: The First Time I Heard... Gladys Knight

    Host Toya Haynes is joined by singer and American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle to discuss the first time they heard the incomparable Gladys Knight.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    The First Time I Heard... The Quiet Storm *Bonus Episode*

    The First Time I Heard... The Quiet Storm *Bonus Episode*

    Do you love slow jams? Did you grow up listening to the Quiet Storm? Then you definitely don't want to miss this bonus episode of The First Time I Heard. Host Toya Haynes is talking about the first time she heard the long running Quiet Storm radio format with her guest, R Dub!, the creator of the globally syndicated Slow Jams with R Dub! radio show and founder of SlowJams.com.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 13: The First Time I Heard... Raphael Saadiq

    Episode 13: The First Time I Heard... Raphael Saadiq

    Host Toya Haynes is joined by Black Girl Lost Keys founder Rene' Brooks to discuss the first time they heard the multi-talented Raphael Saadiq and how he's a part of their life soundtrack. 

    • 53 min
    Episode 12: The First Time I Heard... LL Cool J

    Episode 12: The First Time I Heard... LL Cool J

    For this special 2 hour episode, host Toya Haynes is joined by producer, singer/songwriter (fun fact: he's the creator of the podcast's theme song), and historian TL Cross to discuss the first time they heard LL Cool J and his remarkable 30 plus year musical legacy.

    • 2 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Purofrijolero ,

Me and y’all and Mary J.

I loved your show on Mary J. The conversation got my heart rate up and I was dancing and agreeing in my high school classroom, teaching virtually. I am grateful.

Missy and Mary collaborated on No More Drama with the song Never Been (I believe Missy produced the track) and Mary sang on Missy’s Cookbook album. I may be late, but I wanted to pass on my MJB knowledge.

The Bridge!

Lulu 10kDollarDay ,

Passion AND knowledgeable geekiness!!!!

This podcast is well-produced and treads the line perfectly between being accessible for layperson music fans and technically geeky enough for musicians, producers, and industry folk. Toya’s excitement and love for the ins and outs of the craft of music is infectious!

Lady Capricorn Designs ,

The First Time I Heard Teena Marie...

Amazing. I have loved Teena Marie since the first time I heard “Behind the Groove” as a teen. Walking around my neighborhood with a piece of chalk and tagging the sidewalk “Samm as Lady Capricorn-Get Behind The Groove”. Corny, I know, but I was in love with her voice, her look, her liner notes, etc. When I met Tim Dillinger (via Teena Marie fan sites) we clicked. He was very knowledgeable about music, Teena and an awesome singer himself. I am overjoyed that you have chosen “my Girl” to feature on your podcast. I met her several times and she called me her “Boston Artist”, an honor I cherish to this day. She is missed every day. Continued blessings to you, Toya and Tim. Thank you!

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