Australian singer Tones and I faced a string of setbacks after her 2019 smash “Dance Monkey.” The first song she wrote as her spirits lifted was “Cloudy Day,” now the lead single from her upcoming album.
But after losing a close friend, Ben Tournier (aka “T”), in January, the Melbourne native found herself in mourning and unable to complete her debut album. Crying en route to the studio each day, then shedding more tears once she arrived, the grief-stricken popstar eventually fled to Sydney, where she was called into Sony Music Australia CEO Denis Handlin’s office.
“He went, ‘I want to let you know something my late mum used to say: “On a cloudy day, look up and find the sun.”‘ I went downstairs and wrote ‘Cloudy Day’ – the first time I’d written anything happy since T passed away,” Tones (real name, Toni Watson) tells Variety about the uplifting new single from her forthcoming album, “Welcome to the Madhouse,” out July 16. “I got on a roll and the album was done in two weeks.”
And since the original “Dance Monkey” has been played about a trillion times, here’s a stripped back version to change things up:
Her album Welcome to the Madhouse comes out July 16th.
Image: YouTube / Tones and I