With these powerful words, you acquire more than just the meaning of the artist’s middle name (Tomi), you gain access to the essence of the artist Michelle Oluwatomi Akanbi.
Tome’ has spent the better part of the last year unearthing her sound, which is an exotic blend of French lyrics and sultry vocals on top of an eclectic blend of Afro, reggae, pop, hip-hop and R&B.
The artist says of the pursuit, “I’ve truly found my sound and know what my music should be.” And in doing so, she also unearthed a personal connection. “The perfect mesh of it all is with my middle name, Tomi, which means ‘enough’. My music is enough to me. I am enough.”
Born in Montreal and of Canadian Nigerian heritage, the artist recalls her early musical influences including Rihanna, Beyonce and Alicia Keys. As she progressed in her craft, the need to create something different, more personal, found Töme combining the upbeat, commercial vibe of early influencers with the sound of Jhene Aiko, Saz, Sid The Kid, Sade, and Lauren Hill. It was within this newly woven tapestry where she found her personal sound. With this, the artist says, “I want to change the game musically in the mid-American industry by creating a genre still barely recognizable, AFRO-RnB.
Töme is boldly committed to giving an empowering voice to women through her songs. “A lot of my lyrics revolve around broken relationships, but not broken women.” It’s with this spirit of confidence and pride in her artistry she will debut her single, “L’amour”. The song is an insider’s glimpse into the double-edged sword of relationships. On one side – the crazy all-encompassing love while the opposing side inflicts obsessive deceptive emotions that can derail even the strongest relationships.
Following the release of "L'amour", Töme quickly followed up with the release of her debut EP, "Tömesroom" in June of 2019. Tracks like "Kickback" and "1:45" continue to divulge the ins and outs of relationships and are quickly resonating with fans alike.
Throughout 2019, Töme joined award-winning mega Afro-beats artist, Wizkid on his Canadian tour and also performed on stage with Mr. Eazi in Toronto. This has been followed by festival performances at Afrofest 2019, Uppsala Reggae Festival 2019 in Sweden and SXSW 2019 in Austin, Texas.