Published on July 21st, 2018 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
Who Is Tonee Marino?
Backstory – Recording Artist Tonee Marino was born Anthony Marino in Long Island, New York in 2003. He started his singing career in 2015, and released his first single “Say to Me” in July of 2016. He also dropped the single “We on Fire” that same year. Tonee Marino’s celebrity grew with each song, as singles like “Waiting on You,” “Daylight,” and “Back and Forth” expanded his catalog and fame.
The song went viral, with its accompanying video being viewed over a million times in the first six months of its release. Videos, touring, and an enormously popular social media presence all followed, based on the strength of just a few online tracks. He currently has 7 singles out, and is working his way to an EP/Album in the near future.
From the outside looking in, who is the artist Tonee Marino?
I am an up and coming singer, rapper and songwriter from Long Island focused on Hip Hop, Pop and R&B music.
What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?
I have always appreciated the art of music and enjoyed listening to it, I would say more so than others, which is the reason for my involvement. I always looked up to artists like Michael Jackson, Drake, and Justin Bieber. I decided that I wanted to follow the path of a musician and started taking singing lessons then eventually began putting out cover songs on YouTube and Instagram, trying to build up a fan base. After that, I started writing my own songs and being more involved with the creative process as I enjoy it.
What do you want people to get from your music?
I want to put people in a good mood and give them positive energy with my music. I want my fans to get to know me, to build a relationship with me through my music. I also believe music is very powerful and capable of change.
Tell us about your current project.
I’ve been writing a lot of lyrics, spending time in the studio discovering and coming up with new sounds for my EP that will drop in August. It’s been a fun journey as I have been doing what I love. Recently, I released the video to my new single “Turbo” on my official artist channel.
For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?
I would definitely introduce myself to people with my single “Back and Forth”, because of its mix of hip hop, rap, and R&B, also being that it is my most popular song to date.
Are there any special challenges you’ve had to overcome as a young artist?
The one thing that took me a while to overcome was being shy to perform around people, which I’m glad I got over. It took some time and practice but that’s with everything we do in life.
Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at moment thus far in your young career!
I’d probably say that the Craziest where they do that at moment that happened to me was driving in a Lamborghini for a day lol. Never thought I would have that experience so soon in my life, but it was dope.
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