2020 was a breakout year for British country music star, Tommy Atkins. Following the #1 smash, Cinderella's Had a Drink, and five consecutive top 5 singles in the U.K., New Zealand and Canada, the singer-songwriter released his first EP: Kiss Me, Cowboy.
In September, the critically-acclaimed collection stormed onto the country album charts at #1 in both the U.K. and New Zealand, even reaching #2 on New Zealand’s all-genre album chart. The title track also went on to hit #1 on Canada's Q32 Singles Chart.
The tracks were recorded across Nashville, L.A., and Newcastle upon Tyne by producer Dr Ford and feature 2020 GRAMMY winner, Michael Cleveland, on fiddle; legendary steel and dobro player, Smith Curry (Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift), and Chris Condon on guitars and banjo (Billy Ray Cyrus). The EP was mastered by GRAMMY-nominated engineer, Pete Lyman, for Infrasonic Sound (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile).
Last year saw Atkins make history at country radio in the U.K. and Europe with hit singles that featured openly gay lyrics. He is also the founder and host of the groundbreaking radio series "Proud to Be Country", in which 100% of the featured artists played identify as LGBTQ+.
With award wins (New Artist of the Year, Country Queer; Male Artist of the Year, CMS Listener’s Choice) and nominations (Positive Role Model Award – LGBT, National Diversity Awards; Best Song, Silverball Country Awards) under his belt, Atkins is now representing the U.K. and the LGBTQ+ community in country music on an international level.
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.