is making up for lost time. Laid low by illness, beset by problems both personal and professional, the songwriter returned to what he does best: writing songs.
Armed with some of his finest songs to date, when Tom finally decided to push the button he did so in remarkable style. Four EPs were released across 12 months, racking up more than 12 million Spotify plays, earning support from Radio 2 and a high-profile session on Jo Whiley’s show. Desperate to play live, he chalked up more than 80 shows in less than 12 months.
As a kid, Tom Speight listened endlessly to those early Leonard Cohen albums, even going as far as to borrow his older sister’s classical guitar. That element of simplicity remains in his music, but his recent work feels more inclined towards Ryan Adams’ Autumnal romanticism, or even the simple yet affecting Celtic soul of Damian Rice, where each note has its own place driven by a deeply personal connection to the music.
That connection is something that fans feel, too. An entirely organic success story, Tom Speight has returned from the brink to find success in the only way he knows how – great songwriting, delivered on each and every gig.