Tom Williams has today released new single 'Early Morning Rain' and announced details of his new album ‘What Did You Want To Be?’ plus a subsequent UK tour. The follow up to 2017’s ‘All Change’, which placed No.9 on BBC 6Music’s Albums Of The Year, ‘What Did You Want To Be?’ will be released March 29th, 2019 and is available to pre-order. The album was produced by Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) and recorded at his home studio in East Sussex.
Williams will embark on a short UK tour tomorrow, and has announced a further headline tour for April & May 2019, including a show at London’s Scala on May 16th.
Premiered yesterday by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music, the shimmering ‘Early Morning Rain’ will impact at radio in late January. “Early Morning Rain was one of the first songs I wrote for the album, while on my honeymoon in summer 2016,” says Tom of the track. “I had a little travel guitar with me and I wrote it late one night while my wife was sleeping in another room. There were many cases of depression and various mental health struggles in our circle of family and friends at the time so I feel that it definitely came out in the lyrics of this song, especially the chorus.”
‘What Did You Want To Be?’ is 31 year-old Williams’ sixth album, and follows the career-high ‘All Change’, whose singles were playlisted at 6Music and Radio X, and saw Tom headlining a sold-out Bush Hall as part of a major UK tour. Earlier this year, Tom joined Gaz Coombes for the 6Music special ‘Steve Lamacq on Tour’ during Independent Venue Week.
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.”