We had the good fortune of connecting with Tonee Marino and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tonee, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose to pursue music as a career firstly because music has been such a part of who I am since I was little. I always listened to music throughout the day, and loved the emotions that artists could convey with their lyrics and vocal delivery. Growing up on artists like Michael Jackson, 50 Cent, Drake (and more), sparked my Passion for music, and I am a strong believer in chasing your dreams & doing what you love in life. I love the effect that music has on people, it’s very unifying, and relatable. I just don’t know what I’d do without it!

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets me apart is that I am a very versatile artist, a very hard worker, a big risk-taker, and I never say no to any opportunity little or great. I’m most proud of my growth as an artist, and the music I’ve created. I love to listen back and appreciate everything I’ve created over time. I got to where I’m at through persistence, determination, proper execution, and faith. It was not easy at all, but I’m grateful for that. Good things don’t come easy in life and they come with losses before wins. If you can make lessons out of those ‘losses’ then you can never lose. Some things I’ve learned are: people are deceiving, hard work beats talent, and constantly working at something will guarantee improvement and growth. I would want the world to figure out the type of person I am through my music!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to a studio session with me, Capital Grille for food, a helicopter ride in the city, and a sky top lounge.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my family for showing the upmost love and support since the beginning, and shoutout to God for blessing me everyday with success and motivation.

Website: https://www.toneemarino.net/

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Other: Tonee Marino on Spotify

Image Credits
All photos taken by Eric Snell

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