Sandi Thom Biography
Life was peaceful; she mucked out horses, played the piano, the church organ, and became obsessed with My Little Pony, Star Wars, The Labyrinth and by ‘Take That’! Gary, Mark, Robbie and the boys made her pay more than a passing interest in her parent’s record collection, Buffy Saint Marie, Carole King and Stevie Nix all of whom made a big impact on her.
By the time she was 14 she was going to school in Aberdeen My Little Pony had lost its appeal, ‘Take That’ had split up, yet music was starting to become more and more important in her life. She joined a covers group, dyed her hair several different colours, ripped her jeans, applied her make up with a spade and started to write songs, all of which were awful!!
She sang and played keyboards with the band for 3 years, gigged every weekend to audiences across Scotland going by the name of 'The Residents.' Sandi must have left home 47 times, had her first serious relationship and fell in love with, John Lennon, Jeff Buckley and Steve Wonder.
When she left school at 18, Sandi and her friend spent 6 months busking around Europe. On coming back home to Scotland, she knew she needed to find out more about the business of music. Someone suggested she audition for 'The Institute of Performing Arts' in Liverpool, since Sir Paul McCartney is the patron (and he’s written one or two hits) she decided to give it a go. Sandi was over the moon when she got a letter to say she had been offered a place, she really did leave home this time and moved to the fair city of Liverpool.
On moving down to Liverpool Sandi’s musical horizons exploded, in-between 3 years of study she went into ‘gig overdrive’ jamming with her guitar wherever she could. Sandi also sang in a Liverpool gospel choir called ‘Love and Joy’. They once performed at Anfield singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to a crowd of 40,000. Sandi joined a 7-piece band which made it to the semi - finals of BBC Radio 1’s urban music awards, hosted by Trevor Nelson. The band had no name. They did however have a logo, A CAT, which incidentally is tattooed on my ankle. The band recorded an EP called 'time to breathe' and they gigged across the country.
Sandi moved back to Scotland after leaving college and started to record demos, bundle them into jiffy bags and send them off to various publishing companies. To earn a living, she did a lot of session singing, anything from being the voice of the ‘Impulse’ body spray ad to the voice of German Dance hit ‘Better Days’ which made it onto a playboy compilation. (A career high thus far)!!
Eventually, ‘Windswept Pacific Music’ offered her a songwriting contract. Sandi had been given the chance to work with a whole host of different musicians and famous writers, in many places she didn’t know existed!
While singing at a gig one night in Glasgow, she was approached by a small independent record label, ‘Legacy Records which is based in Orkney. She has just completed her first ever-solo album, ‘Smile it Confuses People’ and it has only taken, 24 years!!
Gigs have been falling left right and center from touring with The Proclaimers to Nizlopi and playing anything from Giilfest to Brechin, she’s even been asked to play for Tony and Cherie Blair and Prince Andrew in March this year!
The first single from the album will be ‘What If I’m Right’ set for release in March with the album following in April. With the nu folk rock explosion in the UK currently in full swing it’s the perfect time for us to be introduced to Sandi Thom. She makes her debut with this foot stompin, toe tapping single and manages to combine a mainstream appeal whilst keeping her very own unique and credible edge.
She has already set up 21 gigs from her house in Tooting, which are near enough sold out and anyone not lucky to get a ticket will be able to watch it on web.