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Kiss Me, Cowboy - The EP - September 24th
17.9.20

Well hello, you!

I hope you’re well and doing alright in these ever-changing times. I can’t believe Autumn is upon us! 

I’m delighted to announce that my first EP – Kiss Me, Cowboy – will be released next Thursday, the 24th September! It features my singles Wild in the Wind, Cinderella’s Had a Drink and Freedom, and the title track will serve as my next radio single. I’m so proud to have had my trusty team of Dr Ford, Michael Cleveland, Chris Condon and Anna Pearson back in the studio to work on this track. I hope you love it! 

I sat down for an exclusive interview with Country Queer (one of my favourite U.S. publications!) to discuss my career and the EP, and they are also premiering two of the videos we are releasing with the EP: the Cinderella’s Had a Drink (Lyric Video) and the Freedom (Cassette Tape Visualiser). Check it out! https://countryqueer.com/exclusive-preview/kiss-me-cowboy-tommy-atkins/

Stay tuned on socials for the premiere of Kiss Me, Cowboy by another publication and the other videos we are launching. And if you’re able to support the EP on release day by downloading it on iTunes, I would appreciate it so much!

On a side note, one of the loveliest surprises of this summer has been the success of Freedom (Stripped) internationally, particularly in the Philippines. Thank you for your support and for making Freedom my biggest single cycle to date. 

Stay safe and speak soon,

Tommy x

New Shop, NDA Nomination + 100k on Spotify
1.7.20

Well hello, beautiful visitor! 

 

I hope you and yours are well. Personally, I can’t believe it’s July already! It’s been tough to look at the calendar and think about the shows we should have been performing this summer, but some really cool stuff is happening anyhow, so here’s a little update…

 

NEW STORE

I’m delighted to launch my new store! The shop is now exclusive to this website and I just love the new look of it. Although our tour has been cancelled for 2020, I’m very excited to now offer Private Gigs (virtually, of course!) and re-launch my greetings card and handwritten lyrics. Check it out by clicking the 'Shop tab from the menu up top or by clicking here: https://www.tommyatkinsmusic.com/shop

 

100,000 STREAMS ON SPOTIFY

To those of you that stream on Spotify, thank you for your support – we have now passed a total of 100,000 streams! We’re still a way off Wild in the Wind’s first anniversary, so to achieve this in such a short time is very exciting. If you’re a user, be sure to give my artist profile a follow and ‘Like’ the singles so far! https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oJxd0R3hdsN9XJrTJrHPu

 

NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS 2020: LONG LIST NOMINATION
I was delighted to receive a nomination for the Positive Role Model Award (LGBT) at the National Diversity Awards 2020, and also receive enough supporting nominations to be considered for the shortlist. Although anonymised, I got to read the supporting nominations and would like to thank everyone for their kind words. ITV announce the shortlist nominations later this month, but again, this early in my career as an artist I am beyond thankful to have made the longlist.

 

FREEDOM (STRIPPED)

Thank you for your support for Freedom (Stripped)! It’s been added to some really cool playlists on Spotify and is connecting us to people all over the world. 52 countries no less in the last month! The full studio version continues to receive radio play and has now been added to over 70 stations internationally. If you haven’t heard it on your local BBC or country radio station, please feel free to request it!

 

STUDIO

And finally, I was able to get back in the studio last week to finish off my vocals on an upcoming release! Stay tuned for more info on that.

 

Stay safe and speak soon,

Tommy x

Pride Month
1.6.20

Well hello, you!

 

The 1st of June marks the beginning of Pride Month. It’s been so wonderful to be welcomed wholeheartedly by the LGBTQ+ community as a performer, but also to connect with other LGBTQ+ country artists. To celebrate, I’ve launched the ‘Proud to Be Country’ playlist over on Spotify, featuring these amazing artists all in one place. We’ve got a long way to go before we’re well-represented in country music, but I think this playlist proves the community is putting out world-class music that deserves to be heard.

 

It’s available exclusively on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4OCEAUN63tQ9058nVecBY4?si=o3XHFyRnSUaOhk7DBcVHVQ

 

And the Q Review over in Canada has ran this story about it: https://www.qreview.ca/proud-to-be-country.html

 

I want to say a huge thank you for joining me last month at the Freedom Launch Event and for supporting this single so fiercely. I’m delighted to say it’s been a hit internationally (#2 New Zealand Country, #4 Q32 Chart Canada, #5 UK Country, #6 LGBTQ Music Chart), that’s it’s been added to over 50 radio stations worldwide, and that it’s had a considerable amount of press coverage. All of this has been possible because of good folks like yourself downloading and streaming my music. Thank you so much and I hope you’re still loving the track!

 

This Friday, 5th June, a stripped-down version of Freedom will hit all major platforms. As my recording schedule has been delayed this year, I thought it would be cool to give you something extra from this single cycle. I love how this version highlights Chris Condon’s gorgeous work on the acoustic guitar as well as Anna Pearson and Dr Ford’s harmonies.

 

As I say, it’s been a great month with the press and I was so pleased to receive a nomination last week for Best Song at the Silverball Country Awards. Cinderella’s Had a Drink has been such a blast and it’s awesome to receive a nomination so soon after its release. If you would like to read any of the interviews and podcasts I’ve appeared on this last month, all the links are listed on the new page of this website, ‘Tommy in the Press’. Keep your eyes peeled throughout June too, as there are several more interviews to come!

 

 

Stay safe and speak soon,

Tommy x

Freedom - 1st May 2020
24.4.20

2020 has been a breakout year for country music’s newest star, Tommy Atkins. 

After scoring his first #1 hit, Cinderella’s Had a Drink (#1 LGBTQ Music Chart, #2 U.K. iTunes Country, #2 Q32 Chart Canada, #3 New Zealand iTunes Country), the freshly crowned Male Artist of the Year (CMS Listener’s Choice Awards) is set to release a heartfelt cover of Wham’s 1984 hit, Freedom.

“George Michael is one of the greatest songwriters of all time, and this is my favourite song by Wham. I really wanted to make it my own, so it’s laden with fiddle and steel and harmonies, and it’s now sang from an openly gay perspective. It’s real country heartbreak and I hope people love this new take on a classic.”

The track was recorded in Nashville by producer Dr Ford and features 2020 GRAMMY winner, Michael Cleveland, on fiddle, legendary pedal steel player, Smith Curry (Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift), and Chris Condon on guitars (Billy Ray Cyrus). The song was mastered by GRAMMY-nominated engineer, Pete Lyman, for Infrasonic Sound (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson).

Freedom is available on all major platforms May 1st 2020.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tommy’s upcoming tour and festival appearances have been postponed. Freedom: The Single Launch Event will take place exclusively on Facebook on Saturday 2nd May at 8pm. Follow Tommy’s page for more details: https://linktr.ee/tommyatkinsmusic

Cinderella Hits #1 on the LGBTQ Music Chart
10.3.20

After a month bouncing round in the top 5, this week (9/3/20), Cinderella's Had a Drink hit #1 on the LGBTQ Music Chart! This is my first #1 charting, y'all! 

 

Thank you so much for supporting the single and voting for it! To be at the top end of this chart for a month alongside LGBTQ icons like Adam Lambert and Calum Scott has been quite surreal.

 

Voting will continue weekly, so if you have two seconds to spare, please head to https://lgbtqmusicchart.uk/lgbtq-music-chart-voting/ to keep it at the top of the chart!

I'm absolutely thrilled that this is the THIRD chart on which Cinderella has managed to crack the top 5.

I hope you're loving the single and raising a glass or two when you listen to it!

Much love,

Tommy x

Cinderella Tops the Charts
31.01.20

COUNTRY music’s newest star, Tommy Atkins, has topped the download charts with the release of his new single which celebrates nights out in his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Cinderella’s Had a Drink was released on the 31st January 2020 and has already hit #2 on the U.K. iTunes Country Chart, and #3 in New Zealand. The 90s throwback track has drawn comparisons to Shania Twain and Garth Brooks, and Tommy describes it as “a love letter to my friends from my early twenties: to the drunken nights, the hellish hangovers and the poor life decisions we made together.

“It was inspired by a particular friend of mine who I nicknamed Cinderella, as she would always end the night with one shoe less than she started with. Newcastle knows how to party, and the honkytonks on Nashville’s Broadway reminded me of my hometown: they were full of hard-working people just out to have a good time.”

The track was recorded in Nashville by producer Dr Ford and features 2020 GRAMMY winner, Michael Cleveland, on fiddle. Chris Condon (Billy Ray Cyrus) is credited on guitars and the song was mastered by GRAMMY-nominated engineer, Pete Lyman, for Infrasonic Sound (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson).

Cinderella’s Had a Drink is the follow-up to Tommy’s hit debut single, Wild in the Wind, which peaked at #2 on the New Zealand iTunes Country Chart, #5 in the U.K., and went on to receive worldwide radio play and media coverage. The success earned Tommy five nominations at the U.K. Country Listener's Choice Awards, where he was crowned Male Artist of the Year 2019.

Much love,

Team Tommy x

Cinderella's Had a Drink - 31st January!
03.01.20

Cinderella’s Had a Drink is the new single from British country music star, Tommy Atkins.

The 90s throwback track has drawn comparisons to early Shania Twain and Garth Brooks, and Tommy describes it as “a love letter to my friends from my early twenties: to the drunken nights, the hellish hangovers and the poor life decisions we made together. It was inspired by a particular friend of mine who I nicknamed Cinderella, as she would always end the night with one shoe less than she started with.

“We know how to party in Newcastle, and the honkytonks on Nashville’s Broadway reminded me of home: they were full of hard-working people just out to have a good time.”

The track was recorded in Nashville by producer Dr Ford and features ten-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year and 2020 GRAMMY nominee, Michael Cleveland. Chris Condon (Billy Ray Cyrus) is credited on guitars and the song was mastered by GRAMMY-nominated engineer, Pete Lyman, for Infrasonic Sound (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson).

Cinderella’s Had a Drink is the follow-up to Tommy’s hit debut single, Wild in the Wind, which peaked at #2 on the New Zealand iTunes Country Chart, #5 in the U.K., and went on to receive worldwide radio play and media coverage. The success earned Tommy five nominations at the U.K. Country Listener's Choice Awards, where he was crowned Male Artist of the Year 2019.

 

Cinderella’s Had a Drink is available for pre-order NOW exclusively on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1491729213?ls=1&app=itunes

Much love,

Team Tommy x

Male Artist of the Year, 2019
18.12.2019

Well, you guys went and did it… This weekend, I was named Male Artist of the Year at the U.K. Country Listener’s Choice Awards! Aaaah!

Thank you so, so much for voting. Your support has been overwhelming this year, not only for these awards, but at my live shows and for my debut single, Wild in the Wind.

Since September 27, Wild in the Wind has peaked in the top 5 in two countries, received worldwide radio play and gone on to be streamed 30,000 times in 36 countries on Spotify. Not bad for a debut single from an independent artist, huh? I know I owe its success to you, my fans and supporters, so again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

My next single has officially been shipped to 150 stores worldwide and is ready for its release…  I am so freakin’ excited about this one. I’ll be making an announcement early in the New Year and have a lot of fun stuff planned, so keep your eyes peeled and make sure we’re connected on socials.

I hope you are able to spend some quality time with loved ones this Christmas, and I wish you nothing but the best for 2020.

All my love,

Tommy x

Go Wild for New Merch!
25.10.19

Hey guys, Tommy here!

I am so excited to launch my first range of merchandise online! I centred this range around lyrics from my upcoming, debut album and I hope you love the items! I'm particularly excited about the lyric greetings cards - they were so fun to design!

Head to the Store page for access to my Bandcamp Store (Worldwide) and Etsy Store (U.K. Only).

P.S. I'll be putting another special little something up on Bandcamp soon... Keep your eyes peeled!

All my love,

Tommy x

''It's been a 'Wild' Week! 
17.10.19

It’s been quite a week for Team Tommy! Not only did we have Tommy’s biggest headline show to date at The Cluny 2 on Saturday 12th October, but we also launched his first range of merchandise which will hit online retailers later this month! Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Store’ icon which will appear on the website very soon…

And after peaking at #2 on the iTunes Country download chart in New Zealand and #5 in the U.K., Wild in the Wind is going on to enjoy streaming platform success thanks to radio play and press exposure.

"I can’t thank people enough for the support they’ve shown this song.” Tommy beamed. “From our first write up by Sophie Brownson in the Shields Gazette, to our first single review by Keren Morrall for Forever British Country – it’s been humbling to read such kind words and see my little song make tracks out in the big, bad music world.”

“I also want to personally thank the following DJs and radio stations for adding Wild in the Wind to their playlists. I know that radio play is really picking up as of this weekend, so make sure you tune into these stations either on FM or online!

Ian Hornsby at Radio Tyneside

Lee Williams at CMR Nashville

Simon Birds at Red Road FM

Ian Johnson at Chat & Spin Radio

Alan Foulkes at Radio Broadgreen

Sonny at The Little Country Radio (in New Zealand!)

And a special thank you to Mel Crawford for featuring me on Soundwaves for Pride World Media!”

Be sure to head to your favourite download or streaming platform and spread the word about Wild in the Wind!

Love,

Team Tommy x

''Wild in The Wind'' Storms The Charts Worldwide 
27.09.19

Wild in the Wind, the debut single from rising British country artist, Tommy Atkins, has stormed onto the iTunes Country Charts across the world, reaching #2 on the New Zealand and #5 in the U.K. Tommy also cracked the top 20 on the New Zealand iTunes All Genre Chart.

‘‘My heart is busting at the seams,’’ Tommy said on an emotional release day. ‘’As an independent artist, these chart positions seemed impossible. We’ve had no radio play or PR company promoting it… I think I’m in shock! I want to thank every single person that has supported this song, taken it to their hearts and made it their own. This song means so very much to me, but now it is yours. This song, these chart numbers – they belong to those who have supported it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.’’

Wild in the Wind is available now on all major download and streaming services.

In support of the single, Tommy will play The Cluny 2 on Saturday 12th October. Head to the Tour page or seetickets.com for more information.

Team Tommy x

''Wild in The Wind'' - Dropping September 27 
20.8.19

Wild in The Wind is the debut single from rising British country artist, Tommy Atkins.

The singer describes the ballad as “emotional, but celebratory. It mourns the loss of a friend but focuses on being grateful for that person ever being in your life. I hope this song can provide comfort and make you smile, even if there is a tear in your eye.”

The track was recorded in Nashville by producer Dr Ford and features legendary steel guitar and dobro player, Smith Curry (Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Little Big Town), guitarist Chris Condon (Billy Ray Cyrus) and Tommy’s co-writer, Anna Pearson, who sings a beautiful harmony part. The song was mastered by GRAMMY-nominated engineer, Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile).

“I couldn’t have asked for a better set of musicians to lend their talents to this song. Dr Ford let me have a say in so much of the production and I’m extremely proud of what we’ve created.”

Wild in The Wind is available for pre-order now exclusively through iTunes and will be released to all major download and streaming platforms on Friday 27 September.

Team Tommy x

Welcome to tommyatkinsmusic.com!
19.8.19

I am so excited to launch my official website, y'all! Have a look around - you will find tour dates, information about upcoming releases, links to videos and interviews and so much more.

 

Be sure to check out the 'Ask Tommy' page where you can submit questions directly to me and sign up to the mailing list to receive important news straight into your inbox.

 

And while you're here, mark down September 27th in your diary...

Tommy x

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