THOMA is the alias of singer songwriter Tom Johnston. His ambient electro-pop sound has caused ripples within the music scene and received backing from industry professionals. Influenced by the likes of Soul legends such as Whitney Houston, Phil Collins and Luther Van Dross; Tom began writing songs that created a blend of immensely powerful vocals and smooth electro beats. Tom started performing at open mic nights and small pubs and clubs. I was lucky enough to hear him live for the first time at an Open Mic night hosted in Medway. I was absolutely blown away by his performance then, and it is no surprise that his original material has been met with acclaim and that his following has started to grow rapidly.
“Serious vocals and so beautiful, that is how you make an impression with your music”
Abbie McCarthy - BBC Introducing Kent
“THOMA is destined for bigger and better things”
“With strong songs and an even stronger voice, THOMA is a true original and is bound for great things”
Art Will Fall
“‘What Went Wrong‘ really showcases Tom’s incredible vocal range. This man has soul. No question about it.”
THOMA began recording and releasing various singles and EP’s produced by Rees Greenfield at SS2 Recording in Southend. His first single release was titled ‘Wild Love’ and it began to turn even more heads as it offered something entirely unique. Here is a live session of the track:
After the success of his first release he then went on to release ‘What Went Wrong’ and then his debut EP ‘Bouquet.’ The EP was influenced by artists such as Troye Sivan, Oh Wonder, Halsey and NAO. It is no surprise that this received heaps of support from BBC Introducing as the blend of electro-pop and powerful soul vocals instantly entice and captivate listeners.
Tom is multi-talented and not only does he have the ability to write songs but to perform them as well. This lead him to supporting Youth Club’s 2018 tour appearing at 02 Academy Islington and Chinnery’s in Southend. Both of these shows were sold out and lead to further opportunity for Tom to perform for Sofar Sounds in London.
We have added Thoma to our Spotify playlist and we urge all of you that have not yet listened to Thoma to do so now. Right now! He is a deserved first artist on our Artists of the week feature.