ARTIST NAME: Tom Seals
SONG TITLE: Kissing In-Between The 45s
RELEASE DATE: 25 June 2021
GENRE: Pop/Jazz/Boogie Woogie
From the moment Tom Seals stepped on stage for his sell-out ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ Tour, he had the world at his fingertips. His virtuoso soloing, excellent improvisation skills, and distinctive voice, have left top industry officials hailing him as the UK’s finest boogie-woogie and blues pianist/vocalist.
Tom has worked with and supported established artists such as Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Dame Cleo Laine, Hugh Laurie, KT Tunstall, and Matt Lucas.
Still, only in his mid-twenties, Seals is surely destined for greatness. Hot on the heels of sell-out shows across the globe, including Ronnie Scott’s in London and a stunning performance at the Birdland Jazz Club on Broadway New York, Tom Seals’ star is destined to soar stratospherically in 2021, with the release of a new album and live dates worldwide that include the Dubai Opera House.
Tom had to put his degree studies at Paul McCartney’s LIPA on hold after his 2017 debut EP, ‘Where I’m At ‘Live’’, soared to No1 in the UK Blues Charts. A career highlight was performing a ‘1 piano – 4 hands’ version of ‘Route 66’ with Jamie Cullum and appearing at Jools Holland’s Boogie-Woogie & Blues Spectacular in Canary Wharf.
During the lockdown of 2020, Tom launched ‘The Tom Seals Show – in Isolation’ online. Featuring chat and duets, the show hosted guests such as KT Tunstall, Sarah Jane Morris, and Matt Lucas. Capturing the attention of TV bosses, it didn’t take long for Tom’s show to move over to TV format, with Sky signing Tom for his own headline show ‘Tom Seals Presents’. His first season of 13 episodes kicks off on Sky 191 on 4 April.
This time also saw the release of Tom’s debut single ‘Black Coffee’. Released on Right Track Records and distributed through Universal Music, this too went straight to No1 in the Blues Chart. ‘Black Coffee’ is now being played in many high street shops across the world; from Harrods to Carluccio’s, Waterstones, Home Bargains, and over 950 Caffe Nero stores in eleven countries. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Tom has been signed as a music ambassador for Yamaha Music London, kicking off with a 12-week mini online TV show called ‘Tom Seals Plays Yamaha Music London’, launching this spring.
Tom is delighted to be working on a major project with The Department for International Trade for the UK Pavilion and representing the nation, as invited by the UK Government, at Expo 2020 in Dubai. More to come on this…
Alongside Atomic Kitten star, Natasha Hamilton, Tom released his first-ever Christmas single, ‘I Can’t Wait To Spend Christmas With You’. Reaching No 3 in the UK Christmas Charts, Tom and Natasha performed this song to a sold-out Dubai Opera House.
Joining his hero, Billy Joel, Whoopi Goldberg, Sting, Elvis Costello, President Bill Clinton, Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Postmodern Jukebox, Steve Tyrell, Billy Stritch and so many more, Tom was delighted to be a part of the ‘Save Birdland: A Celebration of Music, History and Community’ fundraising show.
Tom has performed at Festivals worldwide including Montreux Jazz, Glastonbury, Dranouter (Belgium), Once In a Blue Moon (Holland)…the list goes on.
With a major label behind him, a headline TV Show of his own on Sky, support from blue-chip brands, a string of chart hits under his belt – not to mention a smashing album of incredible tracks due for release later this year; Tom Seals is about to explode in 2021!
Kissing In-Between The 45’s
Eliot Kennedy/James Jayawardena)
When I asked my momma how she met my papa
She said it was a party
She told me that my nana could never really stop her
She knew she liked to party
He was the brother of her best friend
And in the summer on a Saturday night
They’d take a stack of singles, put them on a spindle
And when the music faded they’d be…
Kissing in between the 45s
That’s when my momma and my daddy came alive
Every time the song would start to fade
They’d be waiting for the moment to arrive
And they’d be kissing in-between the 45’s
The needle in the grooves, circling the record
We’re making it a party
The time it took the spindle to drop it on the deck’d
Be when the loving started
She was talking to her best friend
My daddy asked her if she wanted to dance
Cos who needed more than a living room dance floor
When the music faded they were…
He was the brother of her best friend
And everything changed that night
When they took a stack of singles
Put them on the spindle
And when the music faded they were…
Tell us your understanding and the importance of a vocal melody.
I think it depends on what you’re going for. When planning a show, I believe it’s important that it has a natural progression…peaks, and troughs! I think songs with different uses of melodies are important for this progression.
There’s the emotional song where the words are key (and there isn’t that huge ‘hooky’ chorus), then, of course, there’s your big hit with the catchy chorus and the crowd-pleasing sing-alongs where the melody has to be very simple for audiences to catch onto it quickly.
Elaborate on your recording experience.
I’ve never enjoyed recording…until recently! I’ve always loved being on stage more and feeding off the audience. I still feel being on stage gets ‘more’ out of me, but I did enjoy being in the studio when recording “Kissing In-Between The 45’s”. I guess the beautiful grand piano and working with Eliot Kennedy helped! Ultimately, the piano drives everything in the band, so we get the piano down first. Layer the band and then add the vocals.
Tell us what you enjoy most in the music-making process.
I love seeing a song come together. Having an initial idea and thinking, “imagine if the brass section did this!” And then hearing it and it becoming an integral part of that song is a great feeling.
Tell us how you differentiate a good song from a bad song.
Who knows what a bad song is? If I don’t enjoy it, I’m sure someone else will! If I go to a fish restaurant and they only serve fish but I don’t eat fish…that doesn’t mean it’s a bad restaurant, just not the place for me! (Or should that be plaice for me? Ha-ha!). A good song to me is one that makes me feel something. Whether that’s happiness or even sadness, when a song touches you, I think that’s an incredible feeling.
Discuss the uniqueness of your music.
I think I’m quite hard to describe if you like jazz, blues, swing, boogie-woogie, pop, soul, and funk, you’re going to enjoy a show of mine! So I guess, combining all those things makes me quite unique! And add the ginger hair into the mix…and glasses…how much more unique can you get?
Tell us how you research the sounds that work perfectly with your vocal.
I listen to a lot of music, from early ragtime piano to musical theatre. When picking songs to cover with my band (when I’m picking the songs, unlike my Sky TV show, “Tom Seals Presents”, where my celebrity guests picked their favorite songs, so I had no choice!), I only pick songs that I like. There’s nothing more to do it than that, I would never play a song because it’s a certain genre. As long as I like the song, I’m sure my incredible band and I can do something with it!
Let us know your opinion on vocal training.
I haven’t had much formal training. I’ve had a handful of technique and ‘how to look after your voice’ sessions with Cheryl Hadley from Vocal Smart Coaching, which is great for keeping my voice working when out on the road regularly. My training in terms of learning to sing came from gigs, gigs and you guessed it…more gigs!
Explain how you prepare for a recording session.
Charge my iPad! There’s a chance that whatever we’re recording in the studio is a brand-new song that I don’t yet know the words to! My style of music is suited to improvisation; therefore, I do enjoy heading to the studio with an element of surprise about it. Seeing what happens on the day can be fun!
Discuss what you know about the present music industry.
There’s an old saying, “you have to be in the right place at the right time”, which I do not agree with. The truth is, “you have to PUT yourself in the right place, at the right time”. There’s no point sitting at home thinking you’re the best guitar player in the world and you should be a star…get out and show people that that’s the case.
Tell us what to expect from you in the next ten years.
I’m so proud of everything that’s happened in the last eighteen months, despite a global pandemic; getting offered a series on Sky TV, a record deal, a concert tour with Live Nation; the world’s biggest promoters and I even got to perform at Dubai Opera House! If we can achieve that in a year where the world is on hold, I’m very excited for the next 10 years. I’ve always had 3 dreams. My first was to play Ronnie Scott’s and I’ve done that. I won’t tell you the other 2, but I like to set myself personal goals.
Let us know your opinion on ‘Doing It Yourself’ and signing to a record label.
There are, of course, benefits to both but having a record label behind you opens lots of doors that you may not get yourself. I tried for years to get a record deal and got rejected on numerous occasions…this happens. Any kids reading this, dust yourself off, knuckle down and get back to practicing those scales…it’ll happen!
Let us know if you prefer new school music to old school music.
Being brought up with my Granddad’s Big Band: The Versatile Concert Orchestra with the music of big band/swing, I’m going to have to vote old school.
Frank Sinatra/Duke Ellington/Count Basie/Glenn Miller…
Tell us what you consider in a hit song.
Hopefully my new single, “Kissing In-Between The 45’s”!
Discuss your memorable moment.
Joining my hero Jools Holland on stage for the first time. I came off stage and my mum handed me a piece of paper. It said, “My name is Tom Seals, I am 10 years old and this is my autobiography. When I’m older my dream is to play the piano with…”
She said she’d kept it for 15 years because she “knew that I’d do it”.
Discuss your music career.
I’m a boogie-woogie pianist and vocalist that has toured worldwide, selling out venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Birdland on Broadway in New York, and Dubai Opera House. I’ve performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz, and Cropredy.
I have my own show on Sky TV called “Tom Seals Presents” where I chat to celebrity guests about their three favorite songs, I and my band then play them in our jazzy/bluesy style. My guests have included; Anton Du Beke, Ricky Wilson, Ruby Turner, Diane Abbott, Georgia “Toff” Toffolo, Russell Watson, Stephen K Amos, Tom Allen, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Toyah Wilcox, David Coulthard, Tom Grennan, and Carole Baskin.
This autumn I will be heading out on tour for my first headline theatre show tour with my fantastic band.
Elaborate on the song.
My new single “Kissing In-Between the 45’s” is a feel-good, retro, catchy tune. I teamed up with Eliot Kennedy on this. Eliot is best mates with Gary Barlow, written hits for Celine Dion, The Spice Girls, and even co-wrote with Bryan Adams for Aretha Franklin…how’s that for a list!
It tells the story of two people meeting at a house party. Every time the 45”-inch vinyl records change, they have a little kiss!
It’s got early Billy Joel vibes. Check it out, I’m so proud of this!
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Tom Seals announces new single, catapulting off the success of his ‘Tom Seals Presents’ Sky TV Show…
Tom Seals’ debut single ‘Black Coffee’ shot straight to No1 in the Blues Chart, and Sir Tom Jones described him as ‘an extraordinary talent’. Now this home-grown, boogie-woogie boy-wonder, who’s been taking the world by storm with his own music/celeb TV show on Sky 191, ramps up the energy as he releases his incredible new single, ‘Kissing In-Between The 45s’ – out 25 June. Recently signed to Right Track/Universal, this new single hotfoots Tom’s Christmas duet with Atomic Kitten, Natasha Hamilton. Tom’s also the first-ever artist to launch a social media show with Yamaha Music London. With his debut UK headline theatre tour scheduled for the autumn and the face of Expo 2020 in Dubai – Tom Seals is the Brit boogie-woogie boy who’s snowballing interest from all corners of the globe.
A vibrant melodic big-band energy bomb, ‘Kissing In-Between The 45s’, showcases Tom’s unique vocals and outstanding musicianship on the keyboards (you’ve got to hear this boy play to fully appreciate the talent of this 28-year-old). The track is a collaboration with Eliot Kennedy, the man who’s written hits for everyone from Gary Barlow to The Spice Girls; including a co-write with Bryan Adams for Aretha Franklin.
“Eliot came to me with this idea of parents (to-be!) falling in love at a party, dancing carefree, and kissing every time the vinyl records change! I really liked the idea of the song and of course, musically, we had to replicate that feel-good retro style. And, we’ve got it! I’m very proud of this one,” smiles Tom.
From the moment Tom Seals stepped on stage for his sell-out ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ Tour, he had the world at his fingertips. His virtuoso soloing, excellent improvisation skills, and distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him as the UK’s finest boogie-woogie and blues pianist/vocalist.
Tom has worked with and supported, established artists such as Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Dame Cleo Laine, Hugh Laurie, KT Tunstall, and Matt Lucas. During the lockdown of 2020, Tom launched ‘The Tom Seals Show – in Isolation’ online. It didn’t take long for Tom’s show to move over to TV format, with Sky signing Tom for his own 13-episode headline show ‘Tom Seals Presents’, which runs until the end of June. Yamaha Music London signed Tom up quickly too, and this spring kicks off a 12-week mini online TV show called, ‘Tom Seals Plays Yamaha Music London’. Tom has performed at Festivals worldwide including Montreux Jazz, Glastonbury, Dranouter (Belgium), Once In a Blue Moon (Holland), and he’ll be launching his first Live Nation tour of the UK this autumn.
The single ‘Kissing In-Between The 45s’ is released on Right Track/Universal on 25 June.