Claire Tonti is a Naarm based singer songwriter and mother of two little humans, 2 and 7. She is also CEO of the media company Planet Broadcasting and host of two podcasts - the award winning recommendations show Suggestible and her interview show TONTS. where she celebrates women’s stories - talking to writers, experts, thinkers and deeply feeling humans about their lives.
In February 2023, Claire released her debut album Matrescence with a special live performance at the iconic Brunswick Ballroom. A collection of 11 intimate indie folk songs that explore the complexities of mothering through her own story and the stories of the women she is privileged to know. Claire’s music encompasses love, loss, identity, mothering as a creative, overcoming birth trauma, breastfeeding challenges and post natal depression. She also wrote, starred and co-directed a music video for her first single Fear to Feel as part of the album’s release set in Fitzroy’s Edinburgh Gardens and surrounds.
In March 2023 Matrescence was made the soundtrack for the M/other festival run through the Wheeler Centre, Claire also performed her song Self addressing postnatal depression and birth trauma at the Edge in Federation Square. Claire is now performing across regional Victoria and Melbourne partnering with various women’s organizations and groups to sing about and advocate for improved support for perinatal mental health.
Co-founding media company Planet Broadcasting with her partner James Clement in 2015, Claire began innovative work monetising and producing podcasts and YouTube content. Experienced in both audio production and with a keen eye for new ways of producing and delivering content, Claire grew her company to be one of the largest independent podcast & YouTube networks in Australia.
Claire began her career as a primary school teacher working in a variety of educational settings including as an ESL and EALD teacher in Arusha Tanzania and in remote community schools in the Kimberleys studying approaches to indigenous education including teaching ‘two way’ and Play-based learning. As Student Well being leader at St Bede’s Primary School in Balwyn North, Claire found a special interest in developing emotional well being through creativity and the arts.
Claire also has a background in community volunteering, working with St Vincent De Paul as president for their holiday camp programs for disadvantaged children across Victoria.