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Tones and I

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Tone and I, aka Toni Watson, has made the unlikely transition from busking to mainstream pop success with her laid-back electropop sound.

Watson was born on Australia's Mornington Peninsula, where she learned to play the keyboard and drum pad in school. She made her busking debut on Bourke Street in Melbourne's city centre, but it was a trip to Byron Bay that really launched her career. There, she rapidly built a following, soon quitting her job in retail and winning the Battle of the Buskers at Buskers By the Creek in late 2018.

Watson recorded her debut single, 'Johnny Run Away', with Konstantin Kersting and released it in March 2019. The reaction was huge, with the song achieving ARIA certified platinum status and making it to number 12 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The follow-up, 'Dance Monkey', charted even higher. It made the ARIA singles top 10, got to number one on the Shazam chart and got international airplay.

In July 2019 Watson released her third single, 'Never Seen the Rain' and announced that her first EP, 'The Kids Are Coming', would be released in late August with an international tour of the UK and EU to follow in November.

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