Tom Grennan has lifted the bar once again with his stunning new single, ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ – and it’s available to listen to now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
The follow-up to his first two EPs ‘Something in the Water’ and ‘Release The Brakes’, which have positioned Grennan to be one of the names to watch at this years festivals, including supporting Kings of Leon at BST, ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ showcases the raspy and fervid vocals which makes the 21-year-old ready to take the rest of this year by storm.
At the end of 2016, Grennan featured in the tips for 2017 including BBC Sound Poll, MTV Names of 2017 and coming joint second in The Guardian’s Poll of Polls, since then he’s played an incredible sold out UK tour including a unforgetable headline show at London’s Union Chapel. Tom’s second EP ‘Release the Brakes’ peaked at number 15 in the iTunes charts and ‘Something in the Water’ topped the Spotify Viral Chart in the UK.
The video for ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ sees Tom working with the highly acclaimed director Matt Walker who’s previously worked with the likes of Skepta, Stormzy and JME.
There are two major things that – in some strange, unlikely way – paved Grennan’s way into music: The Kooks’ 2006 single ‘Seaside’, and an incident that left him hospitalised for several days.
After drinking too much at a party, Grennan demanded that everyone listen to him performing ‘Seaside’ a cappella and his performance, bolstered though it may have been by a generous dose of Dutch-courage, was clearly impressive. His friends, unaware before that night that he could even hold a tune, roped him into joining their A Level band, where he discovered an untapped knack for performance.
But it was something altogether more traumatic that prompted Grennan to turn to songwriting. At the age of 18, a group of strangers attacked him on the street leaving him with metal plates and screws he’ll have in his jaw for the rest of his life.
So, influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Kendrick Lamar and Amy Winehouse, he poured his trauma, his pent-up pain and frustration, into songs, giving him the freedom and escapism he craved.