Tones and I is an Australian singer and songwriter. She is famous for her popular singles “Dance Monkey”, “Never Seen the Rain” and “Johnny Run Away”, all of which were released in 2019.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Tones and I is 20 years old. Her real name is Toni Watson. She was born on August 15, 2000, in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria in Australia. She belongs to Australian nationality. Still, some of her online profiles even showed her birth date as 1993. So, her real birth date is unclear.
Likewise, her zodiac sign is Leo. Further, there is no information regarding her parents and siblings at present. She knows to play keyboards and drum pads & learned at secondary school.
Toni shared about her choosing a music career:
“One day I was at the park with my family, all my cousins and stuff, in Frankston… We were all just singing a song and my aunty was like ‘oh guys, she can actually hold a note.’ I think that’s the earliest memory of someone actually pointing me out as someone that has an ability to sing. I was probably like 7 years old.”
Tones and I is an Australian indie-pop singer, songwriter as well as musician. Prior to her fame, she worked busking in Melbourne and also worked in a fashion retail shop, Universal Store. Likewise, she created her YouTube channel in 2009. She started performing in local gigs and festivals, including the Let Go festival. In 2014, she even performed as a vocalist for a duo. Later, she bought an RC300 (loop station) from the money made from her retail job.
As of August 2020, her YouTube channel, Tones And I, has already garnered over 3.95 million subscribers, with almost 1.5 billion total views. She initially started posting Cappella cover versions in her early career. She toured Byron Bay to try busking there in September 2017.
Similarly, she met Jackson Walkden-Brown over there. Later, Jackson became one of her talent managers. However, she later quit her job and seriously determined to pursue a career in music. In 2017, she even won the Battle of the Buskers at Buskers by the Creek. Also, in 2018, she lived out of her van in Byron Bay.
Similarly, she signed a contract with Bad Batch Records/Sony Music Australia in February 2019. She even signed a co-management deal with Artists Only and Lemon Music.
She released her debut single, “Johnny Run Away” to an Australian website, Unearthed. Later, the single was sent to the Australian radio station Triple. It became a huge success and she officially released the single which peaked at number 12 on the ARIA Singles Chart. On May 10, 2019, She released her second single, “Dance Monkey”.
Her second single became a huge hit and topped at number one over 30 countries including Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. It topped at number 5 in the United States.
Similarly, she broke the record for the most weeks atop the ARIA Singles Chart by any artist in November 2019. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” earlier endured atop for 15 weeks.
More about her career
Her single spent 24 weeks at number one by mid-January 2020. It became the first song by an Australian artist to enter number one on “Spotify’s global daily top 200 streaming chart”. Similarly, she even got an opportunity to perform at the Big Pineapple Music Festival in May 2019.
Similarly, she initiated for glory in the Grass 2019 as the Triple J Unearthed Splendour in the Grass competition winner. She again became successful to broke the record for the biggest crowd of an opening set. Later she released her third single, “Never Seen the Rain” in July 2019. She again released her debut extended play, The Kids Are Coming in August 2019.
Moreover, she began her Kids Are Coming World Tour in February 2020. She made an appearance on her USA Television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Later, she got featured on several television talk shows in the United States. Due to the Corona Virus, her world tour is scheduled for September and October 2020.
Likewise, she has showcased her staggering voice across performances of her breakout global hit ‘Dance Monkey’ and ‘Never Seen The Rain’ appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Voice, and NBC’s Today show. On May 20, 2020, “Dance Monkey” reached 1 billion views on YouTube.
Awards and Nomination
This talented singer has garnered several awards and nominations on The APRA Awards, ARIA Music Awards, and Spotify Awards. She has received eight ARIA Music Awards nominations in 2019. Similarly, she has earned three ARIA Music Awards for Best Female Artist, Breakthrough Artist, and Best Pop Release in 2019 for her breakthrough single, “Dance Monkey”. In addition to this, her EP, The Kids Are Coming also won ARIA Music Award for Best Independent Release in 2019.
Recently, she won the 2020 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). Further, she has continued her winning streak taking home the coveted “Song of the Year” and “Breakthrough Songwriter” awards at the 2020 Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Music Awards. As well as, she achieved gold status for her debut EP ‘The Kids Are Coming’, and standalone track ‘Bad Child’.
She is an emerging popular young singer-songwriter who has earned decent money through her breakthrough performance in the music industry. Likewise, she became of the aspiring singers, whose one single, “Dance Music” stormed the music industry all across the globe. Additionally, her income comes from concerts, contracts, record sales, and tours. However, her earnings are disclosed on the web yet,
Reflecting on her personal life, she is probably single. On August 14, 2020, she posted a photo with a guy captioning “I love you ?.”
She rose to limelight overnight following the release of her single, “Dance Monkey”. Before the single, she was just a struggling singer, famous among few. Therefore, her detailed information about her personal life is still under review.
Body measurements and Social media
Tones and I have a very unique personalities. She looks beautiful and carries her own way of personality. Likewise, she has an average body build. Further, her body measurements are not available. She has a beautiful pair of hazel eyes and her hair color is blonde.
She is active on different social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. On Instagram, she goes with the username @tonesandi with more than 704k followers. Likewise, she has gained around 339k followers on her Facebook account and more than 22.5K Followers on her Twitter account. Her YouTube channel has garnered more than 3.95 million subscribers.