Tokio Myers wowed the Britain’s Got Talent judges with his highly creative musical style last year and went on to win the talent show. Join us as we take a closer look at his background and what he is up to now he’s signed to Simon Cowell’s record label.
Who is Tokio Myers?
Tokio Myers' real name is Torville Jones and he is 33 years old. Born in London, his musical inspiration at a young age came from a love of classical music, his Jamaican father’s extensive record collection and the dance music he immersed himself in in his teens. Tokio went on to study at the Royal College of Music with a full scholarship.
How did Tokio Myers become famous?
Tokio toured in the past producer Mr Hudson's band Mr Hudson and the Library. This opened up a whole new world for him, touring with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Kanye, Erykah Badu and Sting.
Tokio appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 and left live audiences in awe after his jaw-dropping classical rendition of Rag n Bone man’s hit Human in the final. He beat 11 other acts to scoop the top prize of £250,000 and went on to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.
Tokio worked non-stop for eight months to produce is first album, Our Generation. It features a mix of the his own compositions alongside fans' favourite renditions of Bloodstream, and a take on Robert Miles' dance classic Children. He has drawn inspiration from the 90s dance scene, as well as hip hop and classical pieces for the jam-packed debut album.
Tokio also co-produced and performed on Bridge Over Troubled Water, the single recorded by a host of stars in aid of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
What is Tokio Myers doing now?
Tokio is currently on tour, playing a variety of dates around the UK and Ireland. He is set to perform at a few festivals this summer.
He also has plans to found a music school for children from troubled and deprived backgrounds, an ambition inspired by his own experiences as a child. The responses he has received since appearing on Britain’s Got Talent have strengthened his determination to give something back.