Grammy-nominated R&B/soul trio The Ton3s (previously known as The Hamiltones) have been a staple of good-time vibes for true music lovers over the past decade. They have made some of the most memorable pop culture moments for fans with silly numbers like “Whose Billy Goat Is This” and “Put Some Respeck On It.” But the fun-loving group of North Carolina crooners, who began as background singers for Anthony Hamilton, are very serious about their music and how they intend to reshape the landscape of R&B and soul as independent musicians creating a new sound with an old vibe. 

The Ton3s — J. Vito, Lelo and 2E — sat down with Blavity to discuss how they got started as background singers, their viral successes and why they created their own thing.