What is your names?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
Tom Cary is an accomplished songwriter and rising artist within the country music scene. Since the release of his debut album ‘Smile’ in 2020, he has been working his way up the country music ladder at a staggering speed with international airplay, and recognition including the release of his latest single ‘Something in the Whisky’ which debuted at #1 in the iTunes Country Chart. Tom has worked with many musicians over the years including Paul Young, Newton Faulkner, & Michael Buble but he hasn’t always been so fortunate. Coming from a very modest background on the south British coastline, at a young age, his family experienced incredible hardship but it is from these experiences that this new single stems from! “I was one of the lucky ones. My dad introduced me to Country music from as long as I can remember. I had found music and music had found me, so I knew I was always going to be okay. There was all of a sudden a higher purpose for me.”
What made you go into music?
My father always used to take me to concerts when I was young and it was seeing the great country singers on stage that whet my appetite for being on stage myself. My dad was always my biggest inspiration as he would take his shirt off his back to make sure I got guitar lessons when I was growing up. He could obviously see something in me and wanted to support me in my musical journey any way he could
Who are your influences?
The first gigs I ever went to were Bonnie Rait, James Taylor and Nanci Griffith. So I thnk because they were my first loves in country and folk music, they naturally became my biggest influences! The delicate voice of Nanci Griffith, the Gentle vocals of James Taylor and the country twang of Bonnie Rait just had me hooked!
Are you signed?
I’m not signed, no. The world we live in today, as musicians in particular, are polar opposite to the days of pre-2000’s. Everything is at our fingertips and is extremely accessible for people getting into music and those who have also been doing it their whole life. The accessibility can be both a negative and positive influence on someone’s music career these days – but either way, it’s definitely a different industry than what it used to be. In many, many ways.
You released your new single ‘Man I’ve Become’, tell us more about the single.
The single is all about the journey I’ve personally faced as a musician coming up through the world of music, from the early days as a busker, right through to the place I stand today. The world as a musician is a tough one, but it’s worth every bit of the struggle when you love what you do!
What is the meaning behind the single?
The meaning behind ‘Man I’ve Become’ is all about appreciating where we have come from. Sometimes when life is hectic and buzzing around us at 100mph, it’s worth taking the time to stand still and appreciate the people who have helped you get to where you are as well as taking on board that you’ve come a long way yourself and to be proud of where you’ve been and where you are.
What was the writing and recording process like? The writing of the single was helped by my ex-girlfriend believe it or not. She came into the studio and I gave her a concept and I know she is a great lyricist anyway and after some adjustments and going backwards and forwards, we finally had the lyrics to the single. The music was a natural creation as I love and try to live by the lyrics in ‘Humble and Kind’ by Tim McGraw and this felt like that kind of song, but with a punchy twist.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
My ex-girlfriend, my producer and I wrote and put the track together in the studio.
Will we see a Music video for ‘Man I’ve Become’, what can we expect from the creative process?
The music video has already been done for the single. The video has an energetic ‘live’ feeling to it. The full band performed on the track for the video and they are pretty much the band I tour with!
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
I am in the process currently of writing a couple of additional tracks and instead of producing an Album, I will producing singles and then putting the single onto an EP. Then going again, and again, and again….. until I can’t sing anymore!
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
We are planning to go over to Nashville later in the year as a Band, but if the band can’t come over (logistically it’s a bit of a nightmare) then I will be going over solo and doing a tour around Tennessee.
What else can we expect in 2022?
2022 will be full of lots of gigs/shows, and in particular lots of writing and recording. My social media this year is going to be quite exciting as I’ve got a few plans in mind to get a lot more connected to my fans over the next year!
Will we see any collaborations and if so can you tell us more about them?
YES! When I am going over to Nashville I will be collaborating with my good friend Chris Andreucci – who is a fantastic songwriter, so who knows where that will take us!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years
I will be touring the arenas with the band and particularly UK and the States at the main large Country festivals.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
In no matter what you do, always be humble and kind.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The words, the music, to look the crowd in the eye, to have fun and to give an incredible show.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
All my socials can be on my website