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Tommy Blaize is quite simply one of
the world’s finest vocal talents.
As lead singer of the BBC Strictly
Come Dancing band, Tommy's powerful yet sensitive performances have helped
create some of the most memorable TV moments of recent times.
Singing live to an audience of more
than 12 million every week, Tommy is the man with the golden pipes whose
unique, soulful sound is etched in the public consciousness.
Tommy began his singing career at
the tender age of nine with ‘The Blaize Brothers’ alongside siblings Tony and
Darrin, where he first learnt to sing in front of a live audience, playing in
clubs across the North-West of England in the 1970s.
In a career spanning a remarkable 45
years, Tommy has gone on to work with some of the world’s most legendary and
renowned artists, from Diana Ross to Queen; The Beach Boys to Amy Winehouse;
Joe Cocker to Stevie Wonder. The list is as long as it is impressive.
Fast forward and Tommy is now one of
the most popular singers on British television. No one else entertains the
numbers that Tommy entertains, week in, week out. He’s a man alone in a band
apart, front and centre with the UK’s most-loved musical troupe. And he’s been
there for 15 years. Simple as that.
With talent like his, and exposure
like that, an artist album was an obvious next step. Universal offered Tommy
the chance to make his debut solo record. He already had a band, a core of
musicians who play with him both on Strictly and at his own regular jazz club
shows around the country. And he already had a musical sweet spot: the soul and
R&B classics that Tommy heard at his parents’ knees and which had him
performing live from the age of nine.
Tommy released his debut solo album
‘Life & Soul’ in December 2017 through Universal Music, topping both the
Amazon and iTunes pre-order chart and spending two weeks in the UK top 40 in
the lead-up to Christmas.
“With this album, you get to hear
all of me”, says Tommy, “and not just the little 90-second edits you hear on a
Saturday night. Life & Soul is full of magical moments. It’s songs you
already know, sprinkled with sincerity and something special – just us in a
room singing and playing our hearts out. You might say it’s 15 seasons of
Strictly boiled down into the essence of something soulfully brilliant – just
without the dancing. But if we do a video”, he laughs, “I’ll have a go!”