Tom Baxter set for Belfast return
His debut album, Feather and Stone, was released by Columbia in October 2004 to critical acclaim, and was a regular on the BBC Radio 2 playlist. Singles from the album included “This Boy” and “My Declaration”. The album release was followed by a headlining UK tour. He also supported Nerina Pallot on her UK tour in January 2007. His second album Skybound (released 7 January 2008) was recorded independently and released on the revived Charisma Records label through EMI after he split with Sony in 2007. The first single, “Better”, was released in January 2008 and was subsequently used on the soundtrack for the motion picture Run Fat Boy Run. “Miracle” was used in its entirety by the BBC to cover the final montage of their Olympics and Paralympics coverage.
Tom has also been a songwriter for others, a challenging task to take on, when you consider the mix of personalities he has been asked to write for, ranging from Matt Cardle, to actress Eliza Bennett. Big names such as Shirley Bassey and Boyzone have also taken on covers of his songs.
Tom’s third album, The Uncarved Block – Part One is a collection of songs that started their life when Tom was travelling India. Originally envisaged part of a double album, Part One presents the songs in their truest form: Tom with acoustic guitar or piano. Tom’s travels inspired more than just the guitar sound heard on the album, the whole concept is linked to an appreciation of foreign culture, and particularly an admiration of India and Daoism, otherwise known as Taoism.