The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2019 winners, naming Tones and I's "Dance Monkey" as the Grand Prize Winner.
Only a couple of years ago this Australian singer and songwriter was living in her van and busking on the streets of Byron Bay. Prior to "Dance Monkey," Toni Watson (aka Tones And I) was an indie artist struggling to get her voice heard.
In 2019, Watson made history when she became the first artist to spend 24 weeks at #1 on the ARIA singles charts with her global smash "Dance Monkey," which she says took her only a little more than 30 minutes to write. Since its release in May 2019, the hit single has reached #1 in 30 countries, amassed more than six billion streams, held the #1 spot for the most-streamed song internationally for four months (and counting), became the most Shazamed song of all time, and is now the longest ever running #1 song on the Spotify global charts. She made her US television debut in November 2019 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (her performance has generated over 80 million views on YouTube to date) and released her six-song EP The Kids Are Coming. The accolades, awards, and popular love for this song have vaulted Tones And I to the global stage.
Congratulations to Tones And I!
Here is the list of other winners and finalists.