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Tom Baxter

Tom Baxter

The Suffolk singer/songwriter is now based in London, but he remains a local boy at heart and popped in to BBC Suffolk to say hello to Stephen Foster and to record five session tracks.

Tom spent his early childhood in Cornwall before returning to Suffolk to live in Ipswich, and then to the King's Head Hotel in Bungay.

His parents, who had also been musicians, ran the hotel as well as the attached ballroom cum nightclub - Charlie's Bar. It was there that Tom, along with his brother and fellow singer/songwriter Charlie Winston, crafted their musical skills.

In 2004 Tom released debut album Feather and Stone on Columbia records. Now separated from the major, his follow up LP is on his own Sylvan label.

"I had to wait for a little while until I got out of my last contract, but it's been brilliant for me to be able to do a lot of the things I was wanting to do," Tom told Stephen Foster about the time spent between the release of Feather and Stone.

"One of them was the launch of this record, so as soon as I had an opportunity I made it and then integrated it with a series of 10 canvasses. Each canvass represented the lyrics of each song.

"It was very rewarding as we financed a lot of making the record through selling the canvasses. It's different but very related - music and painting have always been integrated for me."

Tom received a lot of attention in 2007 when single Better was picked up by David Schwimmer - star of Friends and director of Run, Fat Boy, Run. The track appeared in the final version of the film, which made it to number one in the UK Box Office.

For our BBC Suffolk session, Tom performed Better and three other tracks from Skybound along with A Day In Verona from his debut album.

You can also listen to his interview with Stephen Foster in full - ahead of his appearance at the 2007 Latitude Festival - by clicking the link below:

(Charlie Winston's BBC Introducing session is also available on this website. Click on the link on the right.)

last updated: 27/06/2008 at 10:58
created: 02/08/2007

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One word describes Tom Baxter"FANTASTIC"..........I could listen to this voice forever...........good luck Tom

Btter by Tom Baxter is one of the best singles going about, love it

I am in the U.S. and a friend from Ireland shared "Better" with me. Your voice and lyrics are incredible and I love how you sing with such passion. You need to have exposure in the U.S. as you have the uniqueness to really make it here bug time!

Anna Lee
Tom is an amazing man he blows me away seen him twice now and just wow!His siter is just as good :-)

One of the best artists I have in my CD collection. I really get his lyrics and the story he tells. I am a fan! Good luck Tom.

Jacinth Robertson
'Better' is the best song i've heard in years. Thanks Johnny Walker

Have seen Tom Baxter twice, once was about 2 years ago, he is fantastic, there isn't a track I wouldn't happily listen to over and over again.

Oli Moses
Wow!! A friend told me to check this out, both of us being gutarists and singers..... this music is amazing. Such a beautiful voice, sensitive,emotional,soft and powerful and lyrics to die for.How does he do it: incredible voice control whilst playing intricate, utterly delightful guitar which changes subtly in tempo and attack.I think that this is the finest live radio recording of a solo artiste that I have ever heard.I've been to his site and heard the downloads with his band and what you hear there, plus video of live performances which reinforce his stature.It's all simply phenomenal.Why haven't we heard of him before in Suffolk. My friend tells me that every time he plays a London gig or on tour, they are sell-outs with everybody singing along.I've ordered both his c.d.s so that I can sing along with him at the Greenpeace festival on 2nd September.... I missed him at Latitude.This guy MUST be the most talented singer in the music scene today. Get him to play some gigs in East Anglia and the radio and let everybody in Suffolk see and hear him. He's our own boy and we should all be proud of him. Oli x

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