Tones And I: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Tones And I: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Tones And I. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Tones And I. Enjoy the journey!

Full Name: Toni Watson

Also known as: Tones – Tonah

Origin: Frankston, Victoria, Australia

Genres: Pop – Indie pop

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Early Start

  • Toni Watson was born and raised in Melbourne, in Victoria, Australia.
  • Her birthday was something she didn’t want to share.
  • As a result of busking in Melbourne while working at the Universal Store, she was discovered and that paved her way to the music industry.
  • She won the Battle of the Buskers at Buskers by the Creek.



Career Journey

  • February 2019: Tones and I signed with Bad Batch Records/Sony Music Australia and released her debut single, “Johnny Run Away”.
  • March 2019: She officially released “Johnny Run Away” which soared to the ARIA Singles Chart’s Top 12 spot and achieved triple platinum certification.
  • May 2019: Tones and I released her second single, “Dance Monkey,” which topped the charts in more than 30 countries.
  • February 2020: All 52 dates of her Kids Are Coming World Tour have been announced through July.
  • September 2020: “Fly Away,” the singer’s next single, climbed to No. 4 in Australia’s 4th highest spot, 10th highest in Ireland, 11th in UK and Denmark, and in several European countries at the 40th spot.
  • July 2021: Welcome to the Madhouse was launched with spawned the hit singles “Fly Away”, “Won’t Sleep” and “Cloudy Day”.



Awards & Recognition

  • AIR Awards (won 2 awards and 1 nomination)
  • APRA Music Awards (won 4 awards from 8 nominations)
  • ARIA Music Awards (won 4 awards from 8 nominations)
  • International Songwriting Competition (ISC) (won Grand Prize for Dance Monkey in 2019)
  • J Awards (won 1 award from 2 nominations)
  • MTV Europe Music Awards (2 nominations)
  • National Live Music Awards (won in 2019)
  • Rolling Stone Australia Awards (3 nominations)
  • Spotify Awards (won 1 award out of 2 nominations in 2020)



Fun Facts & Trivia

  • Toni started off as a busker and lived in her van for years before getting big in the music industry.
  • “Johnny Run Away” was the video she uploaded in the website Triple J Unearthed which paved her way to stardom.
  • It was her aunt who made her realized that she could sing when there was a family gathering and they all sang together.



Artist’s Favorites

Song:  Can’t Be Happy All the Time
Clothing:  Outsized Outfits



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Tones And I:

Dance Monkey

Length: 3:29

Release: 2019

Opening Lyrics:

They say oh my God I see the way you shine
Take your hand, my dear, and place them both in mine
You know you stopped me dead while I was passing by
And now I beg to see you dance just one more time
Ooh I see you, see you, see you every time
And oh my I, I, I like your style
You, you make me, make me, make me wanna cry
And now I beg to see you dance just one more time

More Songs to Listen to:

Tones and I: Top 5 Songs



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