( ENSPIRE Music ) R&B Artist Tone Stith Reflects on Love With His Newest Single
ENSPIRE Contributor: Wesley Tran
On August 11th, rising R&B singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tone Stith released his smooth new single “I Need You.” The song is a catchy vibe track filled with his signature buttery vocals. Stith is making it clear he’s in love and needs his lover to know just how much he wants and needs them. He sings about how much he misses and wants his ex back regardless of whether or not she wants him. “I Need You” is an amazing song to listen to when you are in your feels this summer!
New Jersey native Tone Stith is a contemporary R&B artist whose career was boosted when he co-wrote Chris Brown’s 2015 platinum single “Liquor.” Born and raised in Marlton, New Jersey, he became involved with music at a very early age. He was familiar with playing drums by his teens and he learned how to use production software. In church, he honed his singing talent, which came naturally as the son of a vocalist who had performed with Patti LaBelle. While in his teens, Stith was part of the group SJ3, who caught the attention of Jas Prince, the key figure behind Drake’s ascent. Stith subsequently went solo with Prince in his corner and the rest is history.
“It’s my point of view on my first heartbreak,” Stith explained. “For me, it was a really big deal. I was very green as far as love goes. The first person I was giving my all to, even though it was young love, it was like, ‘I’m here 150%.’ Then when that person stabbed my back, it was like, ‘You messed it up for everybody else. Now I got this evil side of me.” With such a personal experience, this love song was bound to reach the hearts of many. “I’m excited for the world to hear this song, mainly because it’s about not being scared to admit that you love someone. My goal is to bring the world together, one love song at a time,“ says Stith.
The first fruit of this association was Stith’s co-writing of two songs, “Make Love” and “Liquor,” for Chris Brown‘s Royalty. The latter song was released as the album’s lead single in June 2014, reached number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100, and went platinum within five months. During the next two years, independent artists Von and PARRI$ featured Stith on songs. His debut album, Can We Talk, arrived in 2017 via Prince‘s Young Empire Music Group (YEMG) and major-label RCA, with production from the duo PRBLMSLVRS. “Light Flex,” a New Jack Swing throwback featuring 2 Chainz, appeared on the Uncle Drew soundtrack in 2018. Later that year, he issued the Good Company EP, which featured Swae Lee and Quavo on the title cut and Ty Dolla $ign on “Take It There.” A non-album track, “Devotion,” arrived in 2020. In June 2021, Stith returned with the full-length FWM, which featured guest spots by H.E.R., Lonr., and Kiana Ledé. Still FWM arrived shortly after, with appearances by Chris Brown, Maeta, and Kenneth Paige. In 2022, he released the singles “What’s Good” (with Skylar Stecker) and “B.E.D.”
After his single, “Liquor,” reached number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum in 2015, Tone Stith has been on an incredible rise to fame. Following this single, he unveiled his ballad-oriented debut album, Can We Talk in 2017. During the next two years, Stith was featured on songs by independent artists Von and PARRI$. In 2018, he issued the Good Company EP, which featured Swae Lee and Quavo on the title cut and Ty Dolla $ign on “Take It There.” In June 2021, Stith returned with the full-length FWM, which featured guest spots by H.E.R., Lonr., and Kiana Ledé. Still FWM arrived shortly after, with appearances by Chris Brown, Maeta, and Kenneth Paige. In 2022, he released the singles “What’s Good” (with Skylar Stecker) and “B.E.D.”
Watch the music video for Tone Stith’s “I Need You,” below!