London born and bred poetic, heartfelt folkster Thomas J Speight has signed to Killing Moon for his new single ‘Just Where I Want To Be’, a bittersweet pop song with a positive message; inspired by near death experience, heartbreak and broken relationships but with an ultimately uplifting theme of living in the moment and surviving life's challenges. ‘Just Where I Want To Be’ follows the free download release of ‘Never Loved You More’, which had the blogosphere buzzing and cemented his place as one to watch for 2014.
Speight spent his youth indulging in the musical greats – The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Shins and Joni Mitchell, and the calibre of such influences is certainly reflected in his songwriting – elegant, beautiful and haunting.
Speight, whose debut album is scheduled for release next year, has already enjoyed prominent success with his 2010 debut EP ‘Willow Tree’ (through Young & Lost Club, home to Noah & The Wale and Johnny Flynn). The EP was produced by Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin (Mt Desolation and Keane) and was received with widespread acclaim from numerous sources regarding its delicate arrangements and astute lyrics including peer Ryan Adams, stating the overall sound was “so beautiful”. He has also taken to the stage with some big names including Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg and Fionn Regan to name but a few. Not only that, but he’s also collaborated with some high pedigree acts including Keane, The Staves and Stephen Fretwell. And, as if that isn’t enough to boast about, he’s just finished supporting Travis on their UK tour.
Thomas J Speight really is one to watch, and teases with the delightful Just Where I Want To Be, leaving us aching to see what else he has in store. And you don’t have to take our world for it, support comes in the form of none other than Sir Paul McCartney, who even owns a Thomas J Speight t-shirt and endorses that all eyes and ears should be on Speight for the future.