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Tones And I Shares Alternate Version of New Single, ‘Fly Away’

Recorded for ‘The Sound’, the new version sees Tones And I collaborating with G Flip, The Pierce Brothers, Adrian Eagle, and Alice Blake.

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Tones And I has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Australian music to create a new version of her recent single, “Fly Away”.

Sharing the original version of “Fly Away” in mid-November, Toni Watson explained at the time that she began writing the tune during Melbourne’s COVID lockdown, co-producing it with Dann Hume.

“‘Fly Away’ is about chasing your dreams, reaching your goals and the realities that come with it,” she noted. “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.”

Now, close to a month after its release, a new version of the song has been released which sees Tones And I collaborating with a number of massive Australian artists.

Recorded for a recent episode of The Sound, the track sees Tones And I performing from Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, enlisting the help of G Flip, The Pierce Brothers, Adrian Eagle, Alice Blake, and the Melbourne Gospel Choir to transform the tune into a brass-filled gospel anthem.

The first single release for Tones And I since “Ur So F**kInG cOoL” in May, “Fly Away” is set to serve as the only single released in 2020 from Tones And I from her debut album. In a press conference in early September, Watson revealed that her album would likely arrive in just a matter of months, though no specific date was given.

Meanwhile, Tones And I is set to embark upon a run of national tour dates in 2021, having previously pushed back the shows from earlier in the year until September, and again until next year. Full touring details are available via the artist’s website.

Tones And I’s “Fly Away (Alternate Version)” is out now.