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A household name since journeying to fourth place in X Factor NZ’s sophomore season, Stevie Tonks is an enigmatic artist determined to carve his name onto the stage. It was his spine-chilling rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s hit Crazy on the show that probably sold you; a picture of a true showman with a rare charisma that sees him embody every song he performs, infusing the stage with full-forced soul.
“Music is storytelling.” Enthuses Tonks, “You want to be moved by music; a song is this intoxicating mixture of emotion and magic. I want to bring back the soul to the stage, to remind people that music can move them to another place…I think that’s a realisation that’s easily lost in the world of pop music.”
Since departing the show, Tonks has relocated to Auckland to work on his debut effort, writing with the likes of X Factor alumni Benny Tipene and testing out new material in a string of captivating acoustic shows around the country.