How to hit the ground running:
Tom Gregory released his debut single RUN TO YOU in late 2017 and racked up 25 million streams, #26 in the airplay charts, scoring one of the biggest radio hits of 2018.
The following singles LOSING SLEEP, HONEST and SMALL STEPS (#3 in the airplay charts) showed just how many strings the young Brit has to his bow.
FINGERTIPS took things to the next level, all the way to the top of the German airplay charts in fact. In December 2019 Tom Gregory picked up the prestigious Audi Generation Award in the international music category, a clear indication that the big breakthrough was imminent.
Fast-forward to April 2020 and Tom’s collaborative effort with DJ/producer duo VIZE sealed the deal… their NEVER LET ME DOWN single was a top 10 hit and has amassed over 100 million streams to date. Tom Gregory has definitely arrived.
18.09. 2020 sees the release of Tom Gregory’s long-awaited debut album HEAVEN IN A WORLD SO COLD. Organic, urban, deeply expressive, this is no mere collection of sketches, it is a truly authentic, honest body of work, drawn from deep within A record comprising 12 songs and one bonus track, telling stories of Tom’s life. Stories about the real life relationships he has experienced. His love for his guitar (FINGERTIPS), the fear of growing old. “I was going through a period in my early 20s where I was really scared about the idea of getting old and having responsibilities. I really wanted to put that idea into a song, how actually growing up can really suck sometimes! I’ve now happily embraced that I’m getting older though ..!” (GROW UP)
BY YOUR SIDE tells us what it was like for Tom growing up in Blackpool. “I grew up in a really small town on the northern coast of England, and this track really pays tribute to how I grew up, met my first love there, and went through the roller coaster of emotions that comes with being a teen. It’s actually one of the first songs that I wrote for this album and one I’m really proud of!”
On SINK OR SWIM Tom opens up about the darkest chapter of his young life. “This track I think is probably the most honest on the whole album. I went through a really tough break-up at the start of 2020, which left me very lost and confused. Someone leaving you behind can be one of the most painful things you ever experience! This song pretty much wrote itself.”
His talent goes beyond his inimitable voice – it is also evident in his ability to ensnare his listeners‘ full attention in the shortest span of time.
Born (10.11.1995) and raised in the north of England with his two siblings, Tom Gregory’s home town of Blackpool has a certain faded seaside glamour. But his musical home is Germany. Not unlike that band who came to Hamburg exactly 60 years ago to launch their global careers. In this regard, Tom is following in the footsteps of the musical legends we know as The Beatles. He’s setting his sights high. “I was always afraid of doing a job I hate. I was never worried about failing.”
The young Brit refuses to be pigeon-holed. Bland pop means nothing to him, it lacks the soul which is so important to him – the soul his voice seeks out and touches in his audience. He learned what matters at an early age: “I listened to lots of guitar music and my Dad was a big inspiration, he introduced me to the likes of Kool & The Gang and James Taylor. Modern music wasn’t my thing, I preferred artists like them whereas my mates were all into Eminem.”
Tom is real. What you see, is what you get. What counts is the music. A feeling that sadly goes missing far too often these days. Failure doesn’t even occur to him, he’s pursuing his vision. Honestly, authentically, without the frippery of glamour.
The album release will be accompanied by a new single: WHAT LOVE IS. “I really wanted to capture a classic love song and strip everything back. I actually think this turned out to be one of the most beautiful on the record. It was a really nice change for me to strip everything back and take away a lot of the big productions that run through the whole album.”
Catch Tom on his first headline tour, starting in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in February 2021.
Tom Gregory – Heaven In A World So Cold – is out on 18th September 2020 … available on CD, vinyl, to download & stream.