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Thomas Walker (born 17 December 1991) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He rose to fame after the release of his single "Leave a Light On", which peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart in June 2018.[1]

Tom Walker
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Tom Walker in 2018
Background information
Born (1991-12-17) 17 December 1991 (age 27)
Kilsyth, Scotland
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2015–present
LabelsRelentless
Websiteiamtomwalker.com

Early lifeEdit

Tom Walker was born in Kilsyth but aged 3 his family moved to the Cheshire town of Knutsford. He described his upbringing as being in a 'Glaswegian house' as his parents were Glaswegian sounding.[2][3] He speaks with a Scottish accent when with family or in Scotland.[4][5]

His favourite artists growing up included Ray Charles, Muddy Waters and Paolo Nutini.[4]

CareerEdit

In 2014, prior to fame, Walker graduated from London College of Creative Media.[6][7] He then released "Just You and I", and was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month appearing on NBC's Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford where he performed the song.[8] His follow-up single was "Blessings", the title track from his debut EP Blessings EP.[9] On 13 June 2017, Walker released the single "Heartland", which was co-written and produced by Naughty Boy. On 22 August 2017, the single was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist.[10] Later in 2017, Walker was named as one of the new additions to the BBC Radio 1 Brit List.[11] Walker has played support slots for artists such as George Ezra, Gallant and Jake Bugg.[12] On 28 September, Walker began his US tour, in Connecticut, supporting The Script.[10]

On 13 October 2017, Walker released his single "Leave a Light On" on Relentless Records. The single was co-written and produced by Steve Mac.[13] The music video for "Leave a Light On" was produced by Charles Mehling, and filmed in Croatia.[13][14] It impacted numerous international charts and was included in his debut studio album What a Time to Be Alive. In 2019, Walker won the Best Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards.[15] His song "Leave the Light On" was also nominated for "Best British Single".

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[16]
AUS
[17]
AUT
[18]
FRA
[19]
GER
[20]
IRE
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWI
[23]
What a Time to Be Alive 1 18 34 35 19 14 32 8

Extended playsEdit

Title Details Notes
Blessings[25]
  • Released: 19 May 2017
  • Label: Relentless
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[16]
AUS
[17]
AUT
[18]
BEL
(FL)

[26]
FRA
[27]
GER
[20]
IRE
[28]
ITA
[29]
NL
[30]
SWI
[23]
"Sun Goes Down"[31]
(featuring Kojey Radical)
2016 Non-album single
"Fly Away With Me"[A][32] What a Time to Be Alive
"Play Dead"[33] Blessings
"Just You and I"
(acoustic release)[B]
2017
"Blessings"[34][B]
"Rapture"[34]
"Heartland"[35] Non-album single
"Leave a Light On" 7 20 2 2 12 8 10 8 8 3 What a Time to Be Alive
"My Way"[37] 2018
"Angels"[38]
"Just You and I"
(2019 re-release)[C]
2019 3 97 64 51 164 93 7
[40]
54
[41]
58
"All That Matters"
(acoustic release)[A][43]
"Now You're Gone"
(featuring Zara Larsson)[44]
79 77
"Better Half of Me"[A][45]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[16]
IRE
[28]
"Human"
(dodie featuring Tom Walker)[46]
2018 Human
"Walk Alone"
(Rudimental featuring Tom Walker)
80 92 Toast to Our Differences and What a Time to Be Alive
"Leave a Light On"[47]
(Red Hot Chilli Pipers featuring Tom Walker)
2019 [D] TBA
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Guest appearancesEdit

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Where the Heart Is"[48] 2017 The HeavyTrackerz, Mikill Pane Odyssey "a Musical Journey"
"Tant que rien ne m'arrête"[49] 2018 Claudio Capéo Tant que rien ne m'arrête
"Hola (I Say)"[50] 2019 Marco Mengoni Atlantico

Songwriting creditsEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Written with Album
"Faithless Love"[51] 2019 Will Young Dan McDougall Lexicon

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Fly Away With Me", "All That Matters" (acoustic release), and "Better Half of Me" only appear on the deluxe edition of What a Time to Be Alive.[39]
  2. ^ a b "Just You and I" (acoustic release) and "Blessings" also feature on Tom Walker's debut studio album What a Time to Be Alive.
  3. ^ The 2019 version of "Just You and I" appears on some digital versions, as well as the deluxe version, of What a Time to Be Alive.[39]
  4. ^ Sales of this version were combined with the original by the Official Charts Company.

SourcesEdit

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  4. ^ a b Fulton, Rick (12 May 2017). "Rising star Tom Walker heads for homecoming gig as he headlines King Tut's in Glasgow". Daily Record. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  5. ^ Boogie & Arlene (6 October 2018), Tom Walker tells us how he once made a toastie on a iron - Boogie & Arlene interview, retrieved 31 May 2019
  6. ^ "Tom Walker 2014 - Songwriter and Artist - LCCM - London College of Creative Media". web.archive.org. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Brand new, state of the art, music venue to open in Central London". 7 March 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Meet Scottish singer-songwriter Tom Walker, Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month". TODAY.com.
  9. ^ "TOM WALKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE "BLESSINGS" TODAY! – Epic Records". Epic Records. 28 April 2017.
  10. ^ a b "News". Covert Talent Management.
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  13. ^ a b http://indiecentralmusic.com/2017/10/23/tom-walker-releases-leave-a-light-on/
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  33. ^ "Play Dead – Single by Tom Walker". Apple Music. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  34. ^ a b "Blessings – EP by Tom Walker". Apple Music. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  35. ^ "Heartland – Single by Tom Walker". Apple Music. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
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  39. ^ a b https://music.apple.com/us/album/what-a-time-to-be-alive-deluxe-edition/1481912010
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  46. ^ "Human by Dodie". Spotify. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
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  48. ^ "Odyssey "a Musical Journey" by TheHeavyTrackerz". iTunes (UK). 25 August 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  49. ^ "Tant que rien ne m'arrête by Claudio Capéo". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  50. ^ "Atlantico by Marco Mengoni". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  51. ^ "Lexicon / Will Young". Tidal. Retrieved 11 August 2019.

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