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There are two major things that – in some strange, unlikely way – paved Tom Grennan’s way into music: the first was an impromptu performance at a teenage house party, the second a traumatic incident that left him hospitalised for days.
Born and raised in Bedford, the 23-year-old’s childhood was a fairly typical one. He played football, went to school, got a moped at 16 and “was cruising with that for a bit.” Aside from an MP3 player his mate’s brother loaded up with grime, music was never a big part of his life growing up. Until, that is, he had a little too much to drink at a party, and demanded that everyone listen to him sing. “I was just going around like, ‘Oi, listen to me…’ just being an annoying guy,” he says now - but his performance, bolstered though it may have been by a generous dose of Dutch-courage, was clearly impressive. Something In The Water, the title track from his debut EP, showcased Grennan’s gritty, soulful vocals. After that EP came a Chase & Status collaboration, All Goes Wrong, and a spot on the BBC’s Sound of 2017 longlist – but the best was yet to come.
His subsequent single Found What I’ve Been Looking For, a song he says “came out of nowhere,” was included on the FIFA 18 soundtrack, and bolstered by a video directed by Skepta collaborator Matt Walker, amassed over 14 million streams. After a few more singles (the artwork for which came courtesy of award-winning grime photographer Olivia Rose) and a feature on the Bugzy Malone single Memory Lane, Tom found himself on the cover of NME and in The Guardian’s ones to watch for 2018 list. But it wasn’t until he was writing in LA at the start of this year, and found himself at a party chatting to Dave Grohl and Stella McCartney, that Tom freeze-framed the moment and realised how much his life had changed.