It’s been non-stop for Tom Bright in 2021. With a stunning series of singles scattered throughout the year, he’s whet the whistles of some of the biggest names in broadcasting as we head into the release of his second album, ‘Legacy’ (out 12 Nov).
It’s really no surprise that Tom is turning all these heads. In a career that’s seen him perform at Glastonbury and work with the likes of The Clash’s Mick Jones, he has ploughed on tirelessly these past 18 months – not only releasing a debut album, but writing/recording this one, writing/releasing a book, setting up a radio station, curating a music festival, work for The Joe Strummer Foundation and many other renaissance endeavours.
Born in Berlin, Tom grew up just outside of the once great industrial city of Derby, not far from the River Derwent, where he spent most of his youth dreaming his life away. Unbelievable as it may sound, despite being a keen footballer, he wasn’t good enough to play for his beloved hometown club, so found other ways to entertain himself. At 18, with no real sense of direction, Tom found himself as the youngest pub landlord in the country. But at the back of his mind there was something telling him this was not his destiny. He tried travelling, working, and living in Australia before returning home. Whilst away he picked up a cheap second-hand guitar and for no fathomable reason began to teach himself to play and to write songs.
On returning home he, like many before, believed the streets of London would be paved with gold for a young musician and so he upped sticks once again and travelled south. In London he picked up where he left off, working bars at night but this time practicing by day. He started to play open mic nights and local bars, sometimes 7 times a week. Whilst doing this he ran into a number of musicians who would help him on his journey. Mick Jones from The Clash offered to produce some tracks with him (and even played on a couple), Matt Johnson from The The gave him a small 4 track recorder to demo with and the likes of Carl Barat & John Power offered sage advice. Tom absorbed it all and has continued to grow, from the tiny bars to being invited to play Glastonbury and many other incredible settings.
But it was the invitation from Danny Goffey of Supergrass to play the legendary Goffstonbury festival at Danny’s home that led to a meeting that would change his life. Also performing at the festival was Ed Harcourt. Over a few bottles and long hours, Tom and Ed bonded, and Ed offered to help produce his album. Bringing along his wife Gita to add strings, Ed was good to his word and produced not one – but two – albums for Tom.
Tom’s second album – Legacy – is now due for release on 12th November, with Guy Garvey and John Kennedy huge supporters on BBC 6 Music and Radio X respectively. His headline UK tour kicks off on 8th November at The Cluny in Newcastle, with a European Tour for 2022 currently being booked.