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 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.
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.
Episode 11: The First Time I Heard... Jodeci
Creator of Zumble Jason Gray joins host Toya Haynes to discuss the greatness of Devante' Swing's production, recite some of their favorite lines from Martin, and talk about the first time they heard Jodeci.
Episode 10: The First Time I Heard... Green Day
In this episode of The First Time I Heard, my guest, radio show host Ryan Chitty, and I talk about the first time we heard the band Green Day. We also talk about his radio show Bullying the Jukebox and his plans to open The Punk Rock Museum.
Episode 9: The First Time I Heard... Mary J. Blige
On this season 2 premiere we are talking about the Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige. My guest is Nikki Wright, my co-host on a new podcast we’re hosting together called Unsung Unwrapped. Unsung Unwrapped reviews episodes of TV One’s award winning show Unsung. Unsung Unwrapped is available on streaming platforms now.
Episode 8: The First Time I Heard... The Temptations
I’m joined by R&B singer and podcast host Kyle Maack to talk about the first time we heard the legendary, and arguably best to ever do it as vocal groups go, The Temptations. Kyle has a pretty unique story to share: he went from becoming completely captivated when he heard The Temptations for the first time at 11 years old to later being signed to original Temptations member Otis Williams’ label.
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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.
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!
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!