Tom Odell whose debut album, LONG WAY DOWN entered the U.K. Albums chart at No. 1, has just been nominated for 2 BRIT Awards, in the categories of “British Male Solo Artist” and “British Breakthrough Act.” Odell was the recipient of the 2013 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award and recently received a Q Magazine nomination for Best New Act.
Odell, who was MTV’s “Artist To Watch” during the month of December, just kicked off a handful of opening slots for Billy Joel in the US, including 2 nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and will also be performing at Coachella. (Find Billy Joel tour dates listed below).
Click here to watch his most recent video for his song “I Know” featured on his critically- acclaimed debut LONG WAY DOWN.
“Passionate…cerebral” is how Clash describes Odell. Q Magazine praised his “startlingly immediate love and loss songs,” noting that he “sings like his lungs are so deep you could cave dive into them.” Time Out London hailed Long Way Down as “accomplished…an album of earworm pop songs with profound undertones” and the Daily Telegraph observed, “[The] 22-year-old from Chichester has poured all the reckless romance and intense sincerity of youth into a record full of walloping big tunes, most of which deserve to be singles.”
“‘Another Love’ may be the track of the year,” said MOJO in a four-star album review while London’s Sunday Times hailed it as “genuinely chilling.” The song, which is Odell’s first U.S. single, debuted in the Top 10 in the U.K. and is already certified Gold across Europe. His videos for “Another Love” have racked up more than 10 million views combined. He made his US television network debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman” (watch it here) and recently performed the track on “Conan” – click here to watch. Odell recently performed “Hold Me” from his critically-acclaimed debut album Long Way Down on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe just nominated “Hold Me” for the “Hottest Record of 2013.”
Classically trained on piano from an early age, Odell grew up in Chichester, located in southeast England, and later moved to Brighton, attracted by its music scene. Eventually, Tom made his way to London, seeking a wider audience. His plan was not immediately successful – Odell wound up playing sparsely attended shows, running out of money and sleeping in a car borrowed from his grandmother. A demo found its way to Lily Rose Cooper, who quickly signed him to her In The Name Of record label after seeing Odell perform live. With the label’s blessing, Tom spent nine months holed up in a tiny east London room, outfitted with simply a piano and a desk, penning the songs for his debut. He recorded most of LONG WAY DOWN with his band at RAK Studios in London.
Tom Odell Tour Dates with Billy Joel
1/17 – Tampa Bay Times – Tampa, Florida
1/22 – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Florida
1/27 – MSG – New York, New York
2/3 – MSG – New York, New York