Tonnhi has today premiered his new single titled ‘Lately I Been’ featuring Jolise. I love it when masters of music come together, even remotely, to create something that truly gives a glimpse at a part of themselves. That is what you hear, or at least what I hear, with that first listen of ‘Lately I Been’. Somewhat of a poetic lullaby mixed with rhythmic message, the song delivers an important message that we all face. Myself included. Recently, actually. That feeling of being stuck. Of being still with no where to go.
The lyrics seem like they were written by someone much older. More experienced. But no. This is a gift from the latest generation. And that gives me hop. Hope beyond words. A positive light shining on all of our futures. Simply beautiful.
Houston-based pop artist tonnhi is expanding his musical landscape with his upcoming lofi R&B single, “lately i been,” out January 14. Paired with the sparkling vocals of indie (R&B) artist Jolise, the single describes the hardships and circumstances that prevent one from moving forward. The two singers touch on feelings of isolation and struggles with mental health. “Songs like this are important, especially as society works to create an open space to discuss mental health issues,” says Jolise.
Working together came naturally for the two during quarantine, says tonnhi. “Funny enough, I had a vocal melody idea already made for the second verse for Jolise to write lyrics over, but she completely made her own thing, and I’m so glad she did, because she brought this song to a whole new level. She killed it!” Reminiscent of pop artists like H.E.R. and Joji, “lately i been” casually dives into the raw, honest message of owning your struggles. Fans of all ages can relate to this single as society combats the trials presented by the pandemic alongside the growing pains of simply being human. The introspective track features lo-fi soundscapes paired with a strong R&B/pop core, which is the perfect delivery for such an engaging message.
Houston-born singer songwriter and producer “tonnhi” has been creating music since early 2020. His music tends to fall under the indie/alternative umbrella, but he often dives into the hip hop, R&B, pop and soundtrack genres as well. Tonnhi started his musical journey at the age of 6 when he picked up the violin. After mainly playing in orchestras throughout his childhood, he eventually took on performing across Houston as a solo freestyle violinist, where he learned what his personal music style is. Some major influences of his include Jon Bellion, Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino, and Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi. These influences, along with his orchestral background give tonnhi a unique take on songwriting and production, often creating a cheeky yet enchanting vibe with his music.
Houston-based Singer/songwriter Jolise started out at a very early age writing songs, singing in talent shows, and competing in choir competitions and continued to do this all the way through her school career. Her current music style is mainly R&B with a touch of pop and indie/alternative as she continues to write, produce, and perform around Houston. Her vocal delivery is more on the gentle side, and with her soft controlled tone, Jolise provides the listener with a smooth and soothing experience with her vocal performance. Some of her biggest musical/vocal inspirations include Toni Braxton, Babyface, Ariana Grande, Giveon, Mac Ayres, Amber Mark, Charlie Wilson, Lucky Daye, and HONNE.
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