Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester, Walker became obsessed with his father’s record collection at a young age, finding inspiration in Ray Charles, The Police, and Bob Marley, to name a few. By 2016, the troubadour uncovered his own sound through layering rap-style production, electronic shine, and traditional acoustic power fuelled by dynamic powerhouse pipes. As songs such as “Fly Away With Me” took off, Walker earned the praise of Pigeons & Planes, British GQ, Clash, Sunday Times, BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, Beats 1, Earmilk, Complex, Source UK, Eargasm, and more. He’s won over live crowds across the globe on his own tours, and supporting stints alongside the likes of Gallant, Jake Bugg, and a 2017 U.S. tour where he supported multiplatinum Dublin rockers The Script.
The album sleeve for What A Time to Be Alive was created by the innovative artist Craig Alan, and features an extraordinary portrait of Tom comprised of over 2000 miniature figures of people, many of whom have influenced Tom throughout his 26 years on the planet.
“Leave A Light On” cemented Tom’s leap – as Idolator has noted – ‘from a buzz act to a contender,’ and “Angels” keeps him on the rising path. His upcoming debut album, What A Time To Be Alive, scheduled for release October 19 and available for pre-order now, is poised to solidify his much-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting new artists working today.