You’ll know Tom Wardle when you see him: tall, slim and dressed like he’s ready for a GQ cover shoot with something of a young Rod Stewart about him.
You’ll definitely know Tom Wardle when you hear him: his almost-crooning voice delivering slick and crafted classic pop songs bursting with optimism which have drawn comparisons to Paul Weller and Glenn Tilbrook, leading to one critic labelling Tom… as “the new Squeeze”.
Honing his craft of live music entertainment throughout the past five years, 900 shows and one vocal-chord operation, Tom has moulded himself into what the industry would call “the real deal.”
June 2012 saw the long awaited release of Tom’s second EP “Sweet Insanity”, showcasing his natural gift for glorious sun-drenched melodies and composition inspired by his idols the Beatles and the Beach Boys. From his ode to fallen angel Brian Wilson on the title track to the veiled charm of the gorgeous “Pink Lilies” and the optimism of “California (Here I Come)” this is his most realised work yet, with guitar work on the latter coming from acclaimed Spiritualized guitarist Tony “Doggen” Foster.
Tom’s musical apprenticeship started out aged 16 touring the country with his first band, supporting rock legends Slade and The Sweet along the way, and learning vital lessons on writing, performance and most importantly says Tom, professionalism.
Since disbanding them aged 19, he has worked closely with acclaimed songwriter Tim Kellet (Simply Red, Olive) and producer Steve Bush (Stereophonics) on songs for Tom’s own catalogue, supported his teenage idol Mark Morris of The Bluetones, as well as playing session guitar, most notably on the demos for James Morrisson’s “Songs For You, Truths For Me” album.
The 200 gigs per year Tom has averaged since 2007 have earned him a living and a significant fan base, holding residencies in Nottingham, Derby and London, which include the famous Kensington Roof Gardens, where he regularly opens and closes the live music season there. Other recent clients include Vogue Magazine, Selfridges, Mahiki and The Royal Air Force, where Tom is regularly asked to perform at ceremonies and balls.
In June 2012 Tom was announced runner-up in the Future Sound of Nottingham, the UK’s biggest local music competition, missing out on being named winner by a margin that was almost too close to call: winning over an audience of 600 at Nottingham’s prestigious Rock City, in an competition that saw 55 entrants compete.
Tom is currently promoting his “Sweet Insanity” EP and touring around the country showing people why he is indeed, “the real deal”.
2011 played its role as a great setup year for young Leicester based pop singer/songwriter Charlee Drew.
From writing, producing and featuring on U.K rapper “Skepta’s” Top 20 U.K album and musically directing Skepta’s two Sold Out UK academy tours, to performing at Glastonbury, Radio 1’s Live Lounge, MTV’s “The Wrap up” and gathering support from the likes of SB.TV, RWD mag, Flavour magazine and Radio 1 Airplay along the way!
2011 also saw Charlee beginning work on his debut album with a number of established producers and Songwriters! He has to date built up an impressive online following including a near 6000 twitter followers, 8000 Facebook fans, over 9500 YouTube subscribers and an impressive 1.3 million YouTube views, all without releasing a record, but due to his popular YouTube covers and fanbase built touring throughout last year.
Now moving into 2012 Charlee is ready to kick off his solo campaign with a 5 track E.P due for release this August, lead single off the E.P “You Did Me A Favour” is written with producers Matt Marston & Rob Wells whose credits include, Justin Bieber , Alesha Dixon, newcomers Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Selena Gomez, Backstreet Boys and many more.
Described by many as having a unique, brilliant vocal, Charlee has been tipped by many people for great things over the next year, and is backed by strong management both sides of the Atlantic via Melvin Brown in the U.S whose credits include managing R&B/Pop artist “Akon” to international success alongside founding the widely successful label “Konvict Muzik” with him.
Recently signed with Coda Agency, Charlee has already received great reviews for his live performances at popular industry events including I LUV LIVE (Industry special), Musicalize and many more, Charlee also has a host of festivals and other appearances booked throughout the next 6 months.
It is without doubt Charlee is an artist to keep a very close eye on over the next year, starting with the warm up single off the E.P “You Did me Favour”, for which a visual and full campaign is starting now.
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