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Tom McRae

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Tom McRae is a from the United Kingdom. He grew up in Suffolk, the son of an Anglican vicar. McRae sang in the choir. His mother played guitar and as a teen, he’d borrow it. He began writing songs at 15. At 18 he moved to London to study politics at London Guildhall University, soon forming bands and writing songs. A chance meeting with sound engineer Roger Bechirian led him to a working relationship that shaped McRae’s soft-spoken sound and later landed him a deal with DB records.

Changing his name from Jeremy Thomas McRae Blackall to just Tom McRae - he released his first, self-titled album in 2001, during the height of the new acoustic movement, and gained Mercury Music Prize nomination. His second album, Just Like Blood, was released in February of 2003, which was produced by Ben Hillier, responsible for Elbow’s Asleep in the Back, with which McRae’s album shares a similar melancholy but uplifting atmosphere. In 2004, McRae moved to California where he wrote and recorded his next album, All Maps Welcome, which was released in May 2005. His fourth album, King Of Cards was released on 14th May 2007. A talented live performer, he supported Tori Amos on the UK leg of her Original Sinsuality tour, Paul Weller, Dido, World Party, The Waterboys among others. He is recognised as an intelligent and talented performer, influenced by, among others, Nick Drake, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Jeff Buckley.

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  • Revelate

    I posted a new song to sound cloud, just a demo, but its a been a while! Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/simonjewell/all-i-wanted-demo-mp3

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Norrage

    Huh? Album released in november already? That's not true? I haven't seen it be reviewed, it's not on Spotify and I can't buy it in the store. I guess that's not the officiel release date :P But interesting! I am looking forward!

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • harryduns

    Still cannot believe Mr McRae isn't a famous, globally-recognised artist. He has such an amazing catalogue of strong material. Songs like Walking 2 Hawaii are up there with the greats for me. When I was first introduced to him a decade ago, I was amazed that I hadn't heard of him sooner. Tom McRae: 215,978 listeners, James Blunt: 1,665,008 listeners... no justice in the world.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Brlggs

    Just realized new album is out! Super Siked!!

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • hannu30

    Ridiculous indeed, great album

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • aidanmreynolds

    His new album's been out for 17 days and only 142 people have listened to it? That's utterly criminal.

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • silvasonicsurfa

    ...I think Walking To Hawaii is swoonfully beautiful.......

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • mcubedpdx

    So the only album I have of his is "King of Cards," which is awesome but seems to be one of the lesser albums in terms of listeners on Last.fm. I guess that means I have more to look forward to? Are the self-titled album and "Just Like Blood" that much better, or just more popular?

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • zaininho

    please, please, please come to Australia... just once is enough... been waiting 12 years....

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Shannonline

    Tom McRae - Tom McRae (2000) ♥

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • getonthebus

    <3

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Foggster

    just got me his first three albums...and i'm curious about them after all i heard about him...let's see...

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • aktifistanbul

    Tom McRae solo - Cenk Taner Konseri, Ghetto, 18 Kasım 2011, Cuma . Detaylı Blgi İçin...aktifistanbul.com

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • kamilo_87

    good music...

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • ModernDayFire

    I am completely in love with his voice.

    4 Jul 2011 Reply
  • getonthebus

    wont lie wont lie wont lie!!!

    27 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Suziko

    we had a wonderful evening with them ...eventhough we needed to leave earlier to catch the last train back :( but we finished "the boy with the bubblegun" outside :)

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • StevenRichards

    Another great gig at Shepherds Bush Empire last night, seen him twice this year and it still doesn't feel enough.....tour again soon Tom :-(

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • epixelstudio

    Just back from seeing him live for the first time and Shepards Bush Empire... Wow.

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • CND380sec

    Tom's one heck of a talent.

    25 Aug 2010 Reply
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