Tom Grennan has picked up BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year for 2018 after taking to music in 2012. Following in the footsteps of Declan McKenna and Catfish and the Bottlemen, he has been handed the iconic award but music has not always been Grennan’s calling.
It all started back in 2012 when Tom was part of band The Jebs and in 2013 they appeared on BBC Introducing in Befordshire and in 2014, he went solo. After grafting and gigging for a further two years, Chase and Status released ‘All Goes Wrong’ ft. Tom Grennan and that’s where it all took off.
Before diving into the world of music, he studied acting for a time, trained as a footballer and worked at Costa Coffee as well, but a performance at a house party pushed him into pursuing a career in music finally.
“It’s an incredible honour for me to pick up such a prestigious award as the Introducing Artist of the Year. I have seen other people I admire greatly over the years pick up this trophy, so for me to now receive it is pretty mind-blowing and a real landmark moment in my life.” Grennan told the BBC upon receiving the award. He is also known for encouraging aspiring musicians to keep going and not to give up on their dreams.
The Artist of the Year award comes after the release of his first album Lighting Matches which was released in the UK in July this year. You’ll have heard his track ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ throughout the Summer with his gravelly tones and catchy beats that run throughout the rest of the songs on the album.
If you want to see Tom Grennan live he is playing Neighbourhood Weekender on 25 May 2019 in Warrington, Cheshire. Tickets are available via the website.