Maybe it’s her Celtic Spirit, or her delicate heart that makes Sandi Thom such a unique singer/songwriter in this day and age. This mysterious, and yet refreshingly honest, artist is not only a truly gifted musician; playing piano, guitar and harmonica, but she is also a pioneer in the music industry having paved the way for a generation of digital newcomers.
Likened to a modern day Joni Mitchell but with the voice of Janis Joplin, her music carries a strong message delivered by a performance that cuts right to the heart of you. Sandi Thom “wails with soul” according to the UK’s Classic Rock Magazine and her songwriting is described by the world renowned USA’s Huffington Post as being “fierce and honest”.
Despite writing about a bygone era and singing of “punk rockers with flowers in their hair”, the debut single that secured her 7 worldwide No.1’s, admirably she was the first artist ever to independently secure a worldwide audience through the art of webcasting, pioneering the way for a generation of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter users.
Playing live from her basement apartment in Tooting, South London and armed with a webcam and accompanied by two band mates, Thom broadcast 21 consecutive concerts through her own website www.sandithom.com, garnering over 70,000 views worldwide and securing a global record deal in the process.
Her pioneering act of self-promotion was recognized at the Digital Music Awards when Thom was given an award for her innovation as an artist.
Thom’s ability to adapt to an ever changing industry accompanied by her courage to step outside the box creatively has led her to collaborate with many legendary artists and producers along the way.
In 2009, having left Sony after 2 successful album releases; ‘Smile...It Confuses People’ and ‘Pink and the Lily’ (one which bagged her a No.1 in several countries), she set out to top another kind of chart... the Blues Chart, and that she did. Her 3rd Album, ‘Merchants and Thieves’, topped the iTunes Blues Chart making her a No.1 Pop Artist as well as a No.1 Blues Artist.
This album also saw Thom join forces with the world renowned Blues guitarist, Joe Bonamassa, both musically and personally. The two were an item for many years before separating under good terms in early 2014. Thom and Bonamassa collaborated many times on record as well as live in concert on world renowned stages such as the Hammersmith Apollo in London.
Thom headed to Nashville to record her critically acclaimed 4th album, ‘Flesh & Blood’. Working under the direction of Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, with guest performances from the likes ofBuffy Sainte-Marie, a singer/songwriter that Thom greatly admires and Rolling Stones saxophonist, the late great Bobby Keys, the album was a hit with fans and critics worldwide.
Although Thom may not have been a household name for the past few years there is no doubt that her pioneering spirit coupled with endless world tours and running her own record label has earned her some very admirable endorsements from her piers as well as gaining a solid reputation in the eyes of the media. Thom was most recently asked to write an Open Editorial for The Daily Beast about her innovation as an indie artist, an article which has been greatly revered since.
Now, having weaved and adapted with the times and still standing strong, Sandi Thom not only has the most exciting year of her career, but also her personal life, ahead of her.
With a new album set for a late summer 2015 release followed by a live DVD release, due out November 30th, coupled with tours of Australia, Scandinavia and the UK, Sandi is back on top and delivering her best work yet. Not only that, Thom is set to play the lead role in up and coming musical ‘Original’ which tells the tumultuous story of the life of award winning Blues singer, Janiva Magness. The musical will take to the stage in Los Angeles in Autumn 2015.
Personally for the young singer/songwriter things are definitely looking up following the heart breaking split from her former partner Joe Bonamassa in early 2014.
3000 swedish, At the end of a roller-coaster year rounded off by a public Facebook post to her fans, Thom hoped that 2015 would be the year that saw her deliver a brand new record and find the love of her life. Well it seems everything has finally fallen into place for Sandi Thom who has just announced her engagement to Financial Services Director, Yorkshire born Matt Benson.