Grennan was named as one of the BBC’s ‘Sounds of 2017’ rising stars to watch at the start of this year. Looks like they were spot on.
He’s already appeared at British Summer Time in Hyde Park this summer, supporting Kings of Leon, and Latitude. Then there was the small matter of being chosen as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World Right Now.
Not many people can look back on being beaten up by a group of strangers and see it as a positive turning point, but a terrifying attack paved the way for Grennan to pen his debut EP.
Already dabbling with songwriting, he was beaten so badly aged 18 that he was left with metal plates and screws in his jaw for the rest of his life. It’s the psychological scars that were converted into gritty, soulful tunes though.
“I found I could escape from it (the attack). I just loved doing it, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.”
Having collaborated with Chase & Status and released the aptly-named Release The Brakes, Tom shows no sign of being slowed down.