1 Song, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raised on a diet of Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley, Tom Walker has already offered his own twist on the troubadour tradition with a run of singles that draw on folk, soul, blues and hip-hop. “Just You & I” may be the simplest song of the lot, but it’s no less powerful. Understated acoustics and a skyscraping chorus allow Walker’s grainy, emotive voice to shine on a gorgeous, bleary-eyed ode to love conquering all.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raised on a diet of Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley, Tom Walker has already offered his own twist on the troubadour tradition with a run of singles that draw on folk, soul, blues and hip-hop. “Just You & I” may be the simplest song of the lot, but it’s no less powerful. Understated acoustics and a skyscraping chorus allow Walker’s grainy, emotive voice to shine on a gorgeous, bleary-eyed ode to love conquering all.

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About Tom Walker

Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Tom Walker blends hip-hop-inspired beats, eclectic samples, and traditional songwriting in his music. Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester, England, Walker grew up listening to Ray Charles, the Police, and Bob Marley from his father's record collection, and taught himself how to play drums, guitar, piano, and bass. After studying songwriting at London's College of Contemporary Music, Walker began making music in earnest, collaborating with his housemates -- who included members of Whilk & Misky -- in their home studio. One of his songs, 2016's "Sun Goes Down," interpolated the '30s work song "I'll Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down" and featured poet/musician Kojey Radical. The track earned acclaim and airplay on Radio 1, and Walker signed to Relentless soon after. His official debut single, "Fly Away with Me," arrived later that year. The Blessings EP was released in April 2017, along with a pair of singles, "Heartland" and "Leave a Light On." ~ Heather Phares

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