After racking up four #1s across the UK, Canada and New Zealand, Tommy Atkins made history at country radio in 2020 with the first ever hit to feature openly gay lyrics in the UK and Europe (Freedom, May 2020). With a slew of awards and nominations to boot, Atkins also founded and continues to host the ground-breaking radio series, Proud to Be Country, showcasing his queer country peers.
And now the singer-songwriter is back, with what he calls "a love letter" to his husband's grandmother: It Took a Woman. The song features ground-breaking US artist, Rissi Palmer.
“I’ve been a fan of Rissi’s music for 14 years. Her advocacy for BIPOC country artists has made her a role model, and this song has made her a friend. If I could go back and tell the 16-year-old me, who was reading the lyrics and liner notes to her first album, that someday we’d be singing together, it would blow his mind.”
It Took a Woman precedes Tommy’s debut album, which is set for release later this summer and available to pre-order now. He continues to work with producer Dr Ford; GRAMMY-winning fiddle player Michael Cleveland; legendary steel and dobro player, Smith Curry (Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift); Chris Condon on guitars and banjo (Billy Ray Cyrus), and GRAMMY-nominated engineer, Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile).
Following several years of touring and performances at iconic venues like The Bluebird Café, Tommy will be back on the road this autumn. Visit the TOUR page for dates.
Tommy's debut performance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. June 2018.
Tommy's EP, Kiss Me, Cowboy, was released September 2020. It went on to hit #1 in 3 countries.
Tommy's first award was a Listener's Choice for Male Artist of the Year. December 2019.
2020 saw Tommy win 'New Artist of the Year' with Country Queer, and a nomination at ITV's NDAs.
Be sure to follow Tommy on social media for lots of fun content, including cocktail recipes inspired by his songs!
Kiss Me, Cowboy was featured on the CMA's official Country Pride Playlist - June 2021.
It Took a Woman saw Tommy duet with one of his idols, Rissi Palmer. It became Tommy's 7th Top 10 in the UK. June 2021.