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A London-based singer and songwriter, Tom Speight is a graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). He has earned much acclaim in his career, including praise from the head of LIPA, Sir Paul McCartney, with regard to his music. Speight had a degree of success with his debut EP, known as Little Love, which he released in January 2016. This EP was made available in a digital format on all of the major music streaming services and gained widespread acclaim from new fans and professional music writers alike. Little Love garnered in excess of 3 million plays in the first two years following its release.
An accomplished live performer, Speight has taken to the stage in support slots for many of the UK's brightest talents. For example, he has opened shows for Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg and Mumford & Sons. His soft tone and intimate vocal styling have also led to him being chosen to perform ahead of the likes of Turin Brakes, Fleet Foxes and Seafret.
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Following Speight's initial success and recognition as a student of music, he took some time out from his burgeoning career. He had been supporting high-profile acts, such as Travis, but needed to undergo emergency surgery to deal with a chronic condition he had been suffering from. Speight was working on a recording project for Universal when the condition flared up, effectively requiring him to take two years out of his career. Having built up his strength since, Speight has been quite open about his condition, Crohn's disease, and has campaigned to raise awareness about it.
Following his return to recording and performing, Speight launched the aforementioned Little Love EP. He followed up that EP with another, named Falling, which had four songs, including the haunting “Under Your Arrest”. In December 2016, Speight released a third EP, named Love. The title song from this four-track EP was chosen by BBC Radio 2 for their weekly playlist, which led to him reaching a much wider audience than ever before.
In 2017, Speight turned out a further EP, named Willow, and a single, “My My My”. He has toured much of the UK, following his return to the mainstream, and is often now often the headline act, not the supporting performer. Musical collaborators of Speight include Rachel Sermanni, Rosie Carney and Benjamin Francis Leftwich, to name but three. Speight cites the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell as influences on his songwriting style.
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