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Tonex – “Bl3nd”

“Blending takes too much of your energy / Be you for who you are / Because someone wants to be like you / And they just might lose their star”

The Song:

Tonex, consistent with his gospel background, sends a timely and positive message through his first single, “Bl3nd,” from his forthcoming album Unspoken. “Bl3nd” is about staying true to oneself and is a testament to his opposition to compromising his artistic freedom, especially when it comes to his eclectic style. “Bl3nd” isn’t your typical gospel/R&B fusion. Always one to mix genres in innovative ways, TONEX, adds elements from dance and alternative to convey his message of individuality.

The Background:

Gospel music that combines elements of pop, R&B, jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, rock, Latin, electro, punk, and trance seems like a recipe for disaster. But for Tonex (pronounced “Toe-Nay”), using a hodge podge of different genres to spread the word is so second nature that he even created a name, “Nureau,” for his multifarious sound. Born in San Diego and raised heavily in the church, Tonex has been recording music since he was 10 years old. His 1997 independently released project, Pronounced Toe-Nay, received so much acclaim that it landed him a performance on the Stellar Music Awards, which immediately shifted his career into high gear. Now after a string of successful albums, including Out of the Box, in which he received a Grammy nomination and six Stellar Awards, Tonex is back with his new LP Unspoken. After a five year hiatus, Tonex’s says this project is a transitional work in which he lets the music speak for itself in reaching his diverse audience. Unspoken tackles a wide range of subjects while delicately balancing on the hinges of mainstream and Tonex’s gospel roots, while conveying Tonex’s variety, musical prowess, and adaptability. Unspoken will be released March 17th via Battery Records, a newly formed imprint under Sony Music Entertainment’s RCA/ JIVE Label Group umbrella.



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