Toni Watson, popularly known as Tones and I, is an Australian indie-pop singer-songwriter and musician. She noted from her second single, “Dance Monkey” released in May 2019 which reached number one in over 30 countries.
Furthermore, by mid-January 2020, her song “Dance Monkey” has been spending its 24th and final week at No.1, beating Bing Crosby’s all-time Australian record for his version of “White Christmas”, which spent 22 weeks at the top spot in 1943. Tones and I became the most awarded artist at the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, winning four from eight nominations. However, it was not easy for her to acquire this position, let us scroll below to know her struggles and wins over that.
Tones and I: Bio, Family, Early Career
Tones and I, the singer was born as Toni Watson on 15 August 2000, in Mornington Peninsula, Australia. However, she originally held from Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia. Further, she has not revealed information on her parents, siblings, or early days. She has also not documented details on her academic qualifications.
Her family and herself didn’t realize until the age of seven while they were at the park. Since then, she began to learn keyboards and drum pads during her secondary school. Moreover, many of us had thought that she has had gained this fame overnight. But it’s not true that she has explained her career growth in an interview.
After secondary school, she started to busking in Melbourne and doing minor jobs. To support herself financially working at Clothing store and surf store. After that, in 2009, she created a YouTube channel where she began to upload a capella cover songs. Following that, she used to perform local gigs and festivals, as well as became a vocalist for the duo in 2104. She further has explained that she started to sing from small pubs and bars in Mornington along with the guitarist. Later she split out to began on her own or say solo career. She bought the RC300 loop station with the money she got from her retail job. Further, she has busked different places of the east coast making and captivating crowds with her genre-diverse style.
Tones and I: Career & Life Achievements
In 2017, while traveling to Byron Bay to busk, she met Jackson Walkden-Brown who later became one of the talent managers of hers. Then she fully committed to her music career after the success of her busking. Also, she won the Battle of Buskers at Buskers by Creek in 2018. In February 2019, she signed Bad Batch Records/Sony Music Australia and a co-management deal with Artists Only and Lemon Tree Music as ‘Tones and I’. In the same month, she debuted with her debut single ‘Johnny Run Away’ to an Australian website, Unearthed.
After gaining the success of the track, she officially released the single that picked number 12 on the ARIA Singles Chart and shipments over 210 thousand units. In May 2019, she released her second single ‘Dance Monkey’ that reached number one in 30 different countries including, Australia, China, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Further, she says that the track was written alone in the dark closest in less than thirty minutes. Additionally, the single(16 weeks in 2019) also broke the record of the most atop the ARIA Singles Chart that was held by Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ (15 weeks in 2017).
Her other singles include: ‘The Kids Are Coming’ and ‘Never Seen the Rain’ also peaked a huge number of viewerships. In January 2020, her three songs ‘Dance Monkey (#4)’, ‘Never Seen the Rain (#15)’, and ‘Johnny Run Away (#26)’, were listed on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2019. Furthermore, she started her ‘Kids Are Coming World Tour’ at the beginning of February 2020 in Australia including seven dates in North America.
She has garnered five nominations and five wins for her songs including ‘Dance Monkey’ and ‘The Kids Are Coming’. Her Awards include Spotify Award for herself in the category ‘Emerging Artist’ in 2020 and 2019 ARIA Music Awards in the category ‘Breakthrough Artist’ and others.
Tones and I: Personal Life & Husband
Currently, the singer/songwriter has a successful career and her career is going on the right track. On the other hand, she has kept quiet about her personal life. Since she is devoting her time to career-building, the young star may be imposing herself to linked with anybody right now. Also, it seems there is no plan of hers having a relationship with anybody at the moment.
Further, she is one of those personalities who do not like to involve in any sorts of controversies or rumors. Therefore, she is quite busy with herself indulging in her music career.
Tones and I: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
The Australian singer has earned a good amount from her career.
She is highly active over different social media platforms with verified accounts. On Facebook, she goes by the handle @TONESANDI with more than 262.6k followers. She has a Twitter account with 17.4k followers. On Instagram, she has an account @tonesandi with 6.4k followers.
Tones and I: Body Measurements
The singer has a curvy body that stands to an average height of 5 feet 5 inches or 1.65 meters. Other than this, there is no information on her body weight or body measurements. She has a hazel eye color with blonde hair color and chubby face.