Tokio Myers

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Tokio Myers
Background information
Birth nameTorville Ashburn M. Jones
Born (1984-04-06) 6 April 1984 (age 34)
London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)Pianist
InstrumentsPiano, drums, keyboards, synthesizer, electronic drums, synth pads
Years active2000s–present
Labels
Associated actsMr Hudson
Websitetokiomyers.com

Torville Jones (born 6 April 1984), better known by his stage name Tokio Myers,[1] is a pianist and music producer born in London. He won reality show Britain's Got Talent in 2017[2][3] playing Debussy's "Clair de lune", which turned into Ed Sheeran's song "Bloodstream"; Rihanna's "Diamonds" in semi-final 3; and in the final, Hans Zimmer's Interstellar theme soundtrack and Rag'n'Bone Man's hit "Human". After winning Britain's Got Talent in 2017, Myers released many of his independent releases and became a major internet sensation. In October 2017, he announced his debut single, "Bloodstream", along with his debut album Our Generation. The single is a studio rendition of his audition performance on Britain's Got Talent.

Early life[edit]

Torville Jones was born on 6 April 1984, and is of West Indian and British descent. Growing up, he saw his headmaster, Philip Lawrence, stabbed to death outside the gates of St George's Catholic School in north London. Tokio was 11 at the time and was led to safety inside the building by his music teacher.[4] Myers went on to study with a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Myers has previously supported Kanye West, The Police and Amy Winehouse when he toured with producer Mr Hudson's band Mr Hudson and the Library. Myers also supported Lianne La Havas on her 2016 European Tour.[1]

He used synths and a sample pad as part of his performances, fusing classical roots with dance and pop genres. He was signed to a publishing deal with BMG.[5]

In June 2017, Myers featured in and co-produced a charity single of "Bridge over Troubled Water" to raise money for those impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire, which happened in North Kensington on 14 June 2017.

On 13 October 2017, he released his official debut single, entitled "Bloodstream", which is his studio rendition of his audition performance at Britain's Got Talent. It was also announced as being the lead single from his debut album, entitled Our Generation, which being released in November 2017.

On 5 November 2017, Myers performed as a guest on The X Factor, performing "Angel", and he returned in the final, to duet with Kevin Davy White performing "Fastlove, Pt. 1" by George Michael.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[6]
Our Generation
  • Released: 17 November 2017
  • Label: Syco
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album Certifications
UK
[6]
"Bloodstream" 2017 Our Generation
"Baltimore"
"Angel" 61
"Children"

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
UK
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
(as part of Artists for Grenfell)
2017 1

Remixes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Britain's Got Talent 2017: who is winner Tokio Myers?". The Telegraph. 4 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  2. ^ Hill, Rose (3 June 2017). "Meet BGT winner Tokio Myers who won the chance to play for the Royal Family and stunned the British public". The Sun. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  3. ^ Nattrass, JJ (3 June 2017). "Musician Tokio Myers wins Britain's Got Talent 2017 after emotional final show". The Mirror. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  4. ^ Dawson, James (5 June 2017). "Tokio Myers Will Donate 'Britain's Got Talent' Winnings To Build Music School". LADbible. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  5. ^ Benjamin, Kim (6 October 2016). "Event Awards 2016: one week to go". eventmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Tokio Myers | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 November 2017.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Richard Jones
Winner of Britain's Got Talent
2017
Succeeded by
Lost Voice Guy