London born and bred poetic, heartfelt folkster, Thomas J Speight, has signed to Killing Moon for his new single ‘Just Where I Want To Be’, which was released yesterday.
Having spent his youth dabbling with the musical greats – The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Shins and Joni Mitchell – the calibre of such influences is predominant in his developed style of songwriting, which comes across both elegant and haunting as a result. Already enjoying success from his 2010 debut EP ‘Willow Tree’, produced by Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin; Thomas has been no stranger to the realm of musical fame since his graduation from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He has also taken to the stage with some big names including Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg and Fionn Regan to name but a few; along with supporting Travis on their UK tour.
‘Just Where I Want To Be’, offers a bittersweet pop song with a positive message; inspired by near death experience, heartbreak and broken relationships but with an ultimately uplifting theme of living in the moment and surviving life’s challenges. It follows the free download release of ‘Never Loved You More,’ which had the blogosphere buzzing and cemented his place as one to watch for 2014. ‘I think people forget music is entertainment sometimes’, says Thomas. ‘I just want people to have a good time and connect to the songs.’
With a forthcoming UK tour this March, 2014 is going to bring bigger and better things for this effervescent young artist. We’ve even heard that Sir Paul McCartney, owns a Thomas J Speight t-shirt, and endorses that all eyes and ears should be on Speight for the future. You heard it here first.
Words: Brooke McCord