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Birth name Tonya M. Johnston
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Genres Hip Hop
Years active 1993-present
Associated acts JT Money, Ginuwine, Tech N9ne

Tonya M. Johnston[1][2] is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri[2], better known by her stage name, Solé



Solé, born on July 17, 1973 to Phyllis Poke and James Johnston[3], is half African-American and half Blackfoot Native American. She held various job including working for AT&T and as a spa coordinator for a salon.[4] She also attended cosmetology school; and attempted college where she studied Political Science and Psychology.[5]



She married Ginuwine on September 8, 2003 in the Caribbean.[6] They have two daughters together. He had one child before Sole', and she had two children before him. They have a total of five children now.[7][8].

Musical career

Solé started her career as a hardcore female rap/hip-hop artist by attracting attention in the summer of 1999 with her appearance on J.T. Money's hit single "Who Dat". "Who Dat" reached #1 on the US Rap chart, #2 on the US R&B chart, and #5 on the US Hot 100. In September 1999 she released her debut album Skin Deep.


Studio albums

Year Album Chart Positions
US US Hip-Hop
1999 Skin Deep 127 27



Year Title Peak chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40
1999 "4, 5, 6" (featuring JT Money and Kandi) 21 9 1 24 Skin Deep
2000 "It Wasn't Me" (featuring Ginuwine) 44 19
"—" indicates singles that did not chart.

As featured performer

Year Title Peak chart positions[15][16] Album
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hot Rap Singles
1999 "Baby" (Before Dark feat. Sole) 48 Daydreamin'
"Who Dat" (JT Money feat. Sole) 5 2 1 Pimpin' on Wax
"—" indicates singles that did not chart.

Guest appearances

Year Song Artist(s) Album
1999 "Straight Thuggin'" (also featuring Twista) Kane & Abel Rise to Power
"Clueless" (also featuring Larone Burnette) Tech N9ne The Calm Before the Storm
"Better Than Me (Mario Winans Remix)" Terry Dexter Better Than Me (single)
2001 "Get Up On It" Tyrese 2000 Watts
"Contagious (Mercenary Mix)" The Isley Brothers Contagious (Remix)
2002 "Costa Nostra" Don Juan Mizery Won't Stop
2003 "Sex" Ginuwine The Senior


  1. ^ "Tonya M. Johnston on ASCAP". ASCAP.,s,w,p,b,v&results_pp=10&start=1. Retrieved 2009-04-14.  
  2. ^ a b " - Official Sole Website". Archived from the original on 2000-06-20. Retrieved 2009-04-14.  
  3. ^ Skin Deep liner notes (Thank You)
  4. ^ Strictly Sole at the Internet Archive (Fact 8)
  5. ^ Strictly Sole at the Internet Archive (Fact 9)
  6. ^ Strictly Sole at the Internet Archive
  7. ^ Sole/Ginuwine have daughter
  8. ^ Ginuwine and Sole have eight kids together & from previous relationships
  9. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 - 4, 5, 6". 2000-02-12. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  10. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 4, 5, 6". 2000-02-12. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  11. ^ "Hot Rap Singles - 4, 5, 6". 2000-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  12. ^ "Rhythmic Top 40 - 4, 5, 6". 2000-03-25. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  13. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - It Wasn't Me". 2000-06-17. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  14. ^ "Rhythmic Top 40 - It Wasn't Me". 2000-07-01. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  15. ^ "Billboard - Singles Chart History (Before Dark)". Retrieved 2009-02-01.  
  16. ^ "Billboard - Singles Chart History (JT Money)". Retrieved 2009-02-01.  

External links

Sole may refer to:

  • Sole, the bottom, flat part of plane that slides along the workpiece
  • Solé, American female rapper and wife of R&B singer Ginuwine
  • Sole (artist), a hip-hop emcee and co-founder of the Anticon record label
  • Josh Sole, an Italian rugby union player
  • Sole proprietorship, a business which legally has no separate existence from its owner
  • Corporation sole, in English law, a legal entity consisting of a single person ("sole")
  • Sole Technology, an American footwear company specializing in skateboarding shoes
  • The "Sole Creator" is a reference to God.
  • Sõle Street, a street in Põhja-Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Sole Bank, sand bank in the Atlantic Ocean near Cornwall; the shipping forecast area Sole is named after it.

See also


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