The street busker at Nimbin MardiGrass had the 80 or so onlookers mesmerised. They stuck around even when technology failed the busker and her set was cut short. Her CDs sold out, people lined up to get their piece of plastic in cardboard signed. The busker was swamped with hugs as she triumphantly announced her first gig would be at the Beach Hotel Byron Bay in two weeks time.
I am at the packed Beach Hotel on the promised date, last night. Young girls are wearing orange Tones and I t-shirts. The busker herself confidently takes to the stage and there is already a huge crowd on the dance floor.
This is the birth of a star. Technology is on her side tonight and the crowd is screaming for her performance.
Tones and I, originally from Victoria and now living in Northern NSW, has a sound that is reminiscent of Adele with the energy and emotion of a stadium performance that any seasoned diva would be proud of.
Word of mouth has done its job. Tones and I is deserving of the enormous fan base she has amassed tonight.
Toni, her birth name, still projects her humble persona while belting out heartfelt pop / soul with a voice that wavers between grainy and angelic. Her slow cover of ‘Hey ya’ is mesmerising as are her originals.
Half the crowd is filming on their smart phones genuinely wanting to capture and keep this extraordinary performance for posterity.
Do not miss the opportunity to see Tones and I before she skyrockets into the stratosphere. It won’t be long.