Born and raised in London, Thomas Speight grew up with a rich cocktail of influences including The Beatles, The Shins & Joni Mitchell. Growing up with a Simon & Garfunkel loving mother, Speight remembers being driven about with his mum playing their ‘Best Of’ cassettes.
Aged just 12, Speight started writing, later lending his talents to a string of indie bands before officially emerging himself as a solo artist a few years back.
Since, the sheer determination and talents of Speight have set him in good stead for his eponymous debut album, which he’s busy concluding. Thomas Speight made his most up-to-date introduction via. the digital release of his EP ‘Willow Tree’ through independent label Young & Lost Club, (home of Noah and The Whale and Johnny Flynn.
‘Willow Tree’, produced by Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin (Mt Desolation and Keane) has received widespread acclaim from a number of sources for it’s insightful lyrics and intricate arrangements, including a peer of Speight’s, Ryan Adams who acknowledged the sound as “so beautiful”.
This, in addition to support from Sir Paul McCartney, suggests that Thomas J Speight is certainly one to watch. Gaining a loyal fan base and having landed support slots for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Mumford & Sons and Fionn Regan, Thomas continues to perform extensively throughout the UK and US.
Gaining early radio support and picking up plays at the likes of Channel 4, Speight has worked with The Staves, The Cardinals, Keane & Travis. Talking of his upcoming release, Speight explains it is a natural progression from the previous EPs as he continues to hone his melodic stylings and laid back acoustic indie folk.