Tom Williams unveils acoustic video for new single ‘Early Morning Rain’

Tom Williams has unveiled a beautiful acoustic video for his current single ‘Early Morning Rain’. The single was premiered by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, and has also received plays on the station from Shaun Keaveny, Chris Hawkins, Tom Robinson, and Huey Morgan, and by Jo Whiley & Simon Mayo, Dermot O’Leary, and Graham Norton on Radio 2.

‘Early Morning Rain’ is taken from Williams’ new album ‘What Did You Want To Be?’, which will be released March 29, 2019 on Wire Boat Recordings. The album was produced by Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) and recorded at his home studio in East Sussex. ‘What Did You Want To Be’ is the follow up to 2017’s career high ‘All Change’, which placed No.9 on 6Music’s Albums Of The Year and saw Tom headlining a sold-out Bush Hall as part of a major UK tour.

Williams recently premiered the stunning official video for ‘Early Morning Rain’, which features the dancing and choreography of Chad Taylor, an acclaimed hip-hop dancer whose recent work has been inspired by his struggles with mental health. Diagnosed with depression and psychosis in 2016, he now choreographs dance that breaks the stigma around mental health (see more in this BBC Documentary).

Tom has also just launched the Tom Williams Podcast, the first episode in this regular series is available to listen to now. Says Tom, “I wanted to expand on the amazing cast of inspirational people who helped in the making of the new album, plus interviews and sessions with fantastic songwriters new and established.”

Williams will embark on an extensive headline tour in January 2019, with further dates in the Spring, including a show at London’s Scala on May 16.

When not recording and touring, Hastings-based Tom works as a music teacher, teaching guitar and song-writing to primary and secondary school children. “What did you want to be? Is a question that a young guitar pupil asked me once during a lesson,” says Tom. “I think when a child asks that question they are often meaning, did your life go to plan? Is what you are doing now what you always wanted to do? It’s also a way of that child asking, ‘will I be ok?’ It seemed to fit nicely with the themes of the album, mental health, personal expectation and young adulthood.”


Jan 23             Guildford Boileroom  tickets
Jan 24             Southampton Joiners  tickets
Jan 25             Hastings Printworks tickets
Feb 1               Huddersfield Parish tickets
Feb 2               Stockton-On-Tees Georgian Theatre tickets
Feb 3               St Albans The Horn tickets

April 6              Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach tickets
April 7              Cambridge Portland Arms tickets
April 9              Leeds Brudenell Social Club tickets
April 10            Newcastle Cluny tickets
April 11            Sheffield Picture House Social tickets
April 12            Glasgow The Hug & Pint tickets
April 13            Oxford Jericho Tavern tickets
April14             Birmingham O2 Academy 3 tickets

May 16            London Scala tickets

‘What Did You Want To Be?’ track list:
1. Run Down
2. Rock & Roll
3. Dawned On Me
4. Graveyard
5. Stay Afloat
6. Keeping It In
7. Early Morning Rain
8. Some Time
9. It’s Dark Now
10. Crying At The TV
11. Real Slow

Praise for ‘All Change’:
“Williams swings from Damien Rice acoustica ….to a whorl of psychedelic Radiohead …while nailing Oasis’s knack for pop songwriting” The Guardian
“…the album of his career” The Telegraph
“The best record of this year” Huey Morgan, 6Music
“Catchy and intelligent pop composition at its very best” Sunday Express
“A blistering rock return” Clash
“Brilliant” The Line of Best Fit

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