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Tones & I

Tones & I

In 2009, as Toni Watson, she created a YouTube page and posted a cappella cover versions. She performed local gigs and festivals, including the Let Go festival.

Toni Watson, known professionally as Tones and I, is an Australian singer and songwriter. Her second single, “Dance Monkey”, was
released in May 2019 and reached number one in over 30 countries. Her fame grew since the release of the song.

Tones was the vocalist for a duo in 2014, and remembered: “I started out singing in small pubs and bars in Mornington, I was singing along to a guitarist until I ended up branching out on my own.” She explained her shift to a solo career: “I actually got made redundant from my retail job and with that money I bought an RC300 (loop station) and just started to try figure it all out.” 

She busked “up and down the East Coast with her synthesisers and loop pedal, building a loyal fan base and captivating crowds  with her genre-diverse style. On September 2017, the singer-songwriter travelled to Byron Bay to try busking there. At an early  erformance, she met Jackson Walkden-Brown who became one of her talent managers. About a month later her busking success  led to a greater commitment to a music career. Bay, writing music Creek. Tones was the most awarded artist at the ARIA Music  Awards of 2019, winning four from eight nominations. Tones and I released her debut extended play, The Kids Are Coming, on 30 August 2019.


Top songs
“Dance monkey”
“Johnny run away”
“Never seen the rain

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