Tones And I has teamed up with Honda Stage and Billboard to debut a new mini documentary looking back on her beginnings as a busker, the aftermath of her record-breaking hit “Dance Monkey,” and the work that’s gone into completing her long awaited debut album while in quarantine. Furthermore, Tones and I has also shared a pair of live performances from the Honda Stage, delivering new renditions of her international hits “Never Seen The Rain” and “Fly Away.”
Just last month, Tones And I shared moving piano performance of “Fly Away,” which is available on all streaming platforms. The new version, “Fly Away” (RIP King T), finds Tones And I transforming the song into an elegant and poignant ballad, while her soulful vocals burst into bloom backed only by piano. Originally released at the tail end of 2020, “Fly Away” has amassed 90 million streams, marking a new chapter in the global phenom’s already historic career, and serving as a preview to her widely anticipated full-length debut.
Following the launch of “Fly Away” last year, Tones And I also shared an alternate version of the song, enlisting the help of G Flip, The Pierce Brothers, Adrian Eagle, Alice Blake and the Melbourne Gospel Choir for a stunning live rendition. The alternate version of “Fly Away” features an accompanying performance video filmed at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, which sees the ensemble backing Tones And I as they transform the song into a brass-filled gospel anthem. Furthermore, Tones And I also delivered a poignant performance of “Fly Away” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Elaborating on the track, Tones And I shared, “‘Fly Away’ is about chasing your dreams, reaching your goals and the realities that come with it. Being a busker, I obviously had bigger dreams. However, this song is inspired by the way I thought I would feel versus the way I actually feel. I think that’s very powerful, at least to me. It’s about genuine happiness and what we think we need to have happiness versus what we actually want. The truth is we only ever want anything because we think it will make us happy, but it’s never that simple.”