Tonia – Afloat

One of Liverpool’s most exciting talents to have emerged this year has been soul-pop artist Tonia.

New single ‘Afloat’ continues to showcase this promising newcomer’s exceptional skills at writing refreshingly honest and relatable pieces of music. Elaborating on her new single, Tonia explains:

“It sounds like I’m talking to someone else but, with hindsight, ‘Afloat’ is more a message for myself: I became very dependent on a relationship and struggled to stand on my own two feet. This became draining on the other person and I also hated the way it made me feel. I couldn’t make any decisions or think for myself – I lost trust in my own decisions and thoughts. 

I have been focusing on really learning to trust myself and truly knowing what’s best for me. All my friends will agree that I always second-guess myself even if what I’m saying is right. I wrote Afloat at the perfect time. It was exactly what I needed to say to someone and also the realisation of what was missing in the relationship. 

Maybe I realised slightly too late but I learnt that it is so important, to be honest. Your own feelings are valid even if it means hurting someone you care about.”

With only three other singles released to date, Tonia has already picked up praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and Introducing, The Independent and Crack in the Road. Forthcoming debut EP ‘Afloat’ is out on the 20th January 2023.


New Music: Tonia

Hailing from the musical mecca of Liverpool comes promising soul starlet Tonia.

If you’re a fan of Amy Winehouse’s very earliest work, then chances are high that you’ll appreciate Tonia’s thoughtful fusions of soul and mellow indie pop – as can be heard on new single ‘Empty Conversations’.

“When I wrote ‘Empty Conversations’ it was quite a while after the relationship had ended but it was enough time to figure out exactly how I felt about it. It is about self-assurance: the joy you can find in the moment you realise you feel no emotion towards someone that you once felt deeply for. I had moved on and grown from a past relationship and I had no hurt left. I could enjoy the comfort of happiness I found in myself instead of relying on finding happiness in someone else.”

Fans can look forward to Tonia’s debut EP ‘Afloat’, which is released on the 20th January 2023 and is inspired by themes of love, heartbreak and personal growth.


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