Growing up in a musical family, Tonia (pronounced Toe-knee-a) found herself surrounded by pianists and opera singers, pop-lovers, and Dad rock fans. Whilst her Grandad played her Chet Baker, her sister listened to Lily Allen. The eclecticism that surrounded her seeped into her own output. Moving to Liverpool saw Tonia take the city by storm, becoming one of Liverpool International Music Festival’s (LIMF) Academy’s ‘Most Promising’ artists.
Tonia has also become a firm favourite live act. After playing Sound City, Tonia supported Michael Aldag at Colours in Hoxton and made a guest appearance with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Having finessed the art of holding an audience in her hand, it wasn’t surprising when Tonia’s first headline gig sold-out and shortly afterwards she made her London debut for Blind Magazine at The Old Blue Last. Since then, Tonia has played The Cavern Club with BBC Introducing and captivated crowds at Kendall Calling.
Tonia entered the music scene in 2021, following the success of her debut single, ‘Flux’. Impressing even the most seasoned of pros with her self-assured style and candour, ‘Flux’ won Tonia radio fans in the likes of BBC Radio’s Jack Saunders, Sian Eleri, Gemma Bradley and BBC Introducing. Honest lyrics blend into the pulse of her ode to mellow soul and the worlds in which she merges are known for their free-thinking, indiscriminate nature. It’s these escapist tendencies that find a home in ‘Afloat’, perfectly paving the path for Tonia’s limitless upward trajectory.