A MAN WITH IDEAS
Tom is a British born international singer, actor, TV host and composer. He was catapulted to early stardom as a member of the teenage boy band NORTH and SOUTH. The band starred in the BAFTA nominated hit BBC TV series NO SWEAT, for which Tom composed and wrote the lyrics for the soundtrack at the age of eighteen. He makes the record as one of the youngest commercial composers in British musical history.
Classically trained, Tom started studying the piano at age 7 and took lessons for ten years. He also took up the clarinet age 10 and reached the highest level of achievement (British Associated Board Music Examinations, Grade 8 distinction) at age 16. He sang in the local church and school choirs for 10 and 7 years respectively, received the Bishops chorister award, was appointed head chorister of both choirs and performed solos all around the cathedrals, churches and chateaux of England and France. His singing as a young chorister led to a second prize in the British Choirboy of the Year Competition at age 13. He began composing soon after taking up the piano and by the age of 21 had written over 100 pop songs.
Besides starring in the London West End award winning productions of LES MISERABLES and CATS in the roles of “Marius” and “The Rum Tum Tugger”, Tom also created the leading role of “Billy” in the original West End production of Boy George’s TABOO.
He co-starred in the Hollywood premiere of BACK TO BACHARACH AND DAVID, and at the Hollywood Bowl in a major production of LES MIS as “Enjolras.” He also opened the current Las Vegas hit, VEGAS! THE SHOW, at Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort, where he paid tribute to Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Tom Jones and Elton John.
Tom was the first non-American on AMERICAN IDOL, reaching the top tier of contestants. His encounter with IDOL and X FACTOR has proved to be a source for RUNNER UP, a new Broadway musical he is co-writing with Michael Grace (Snoopy The Musical), centered on a fictitious reality show.
He was also honored as the first non-American to sing THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER at Fenway Park. His rendition of GOD BLESS AMERICA at Dodger’s Stadium reached a televised audience of millions.
A 2005 graduate of Harvard University, Tom majored in East Asian Studies, and speaks fluent Mandarin along with four other languages. His ties to the emergent Chinese market are credited to numerous visits to China, many of them sponsored by the Chinese government. Tom appeared on many TV shows in China, being interviewed in Mandarin by prominent Chinese TV personalities.
Tom is the Harvard cultural attaché to the famous Shaolin Temple, responsible for training such top Chinese film celebrities as Jet Li.
His fellowship at Harvard enabled him to spend four months traveling the ancient Silk Road through Xinjiang and Gansu provinces in northwest and central China, as an editor for the best selling student travel guide LET’S GO. His esteemed Harvard thesis on Tang Dynasty frontier poetry won him an honors degree and was contributed to the Harvard Yenching Library following Magna Cum Laude recognition.
These cultural advantages, coupled with his first hand, viable experience in the world of pop music and Broadway musicals, has afforded him a very unique expertise, for a Westerner, in the commercial Chinese and Asian entertainment scene.
Most recently, in 2016, Tom’s original song “Inesperadamente” was selected to represent The United States Of America as part of the international song competition during the largest live music festival in South America. He performed in front of a live audience of twenty thousand and a televised audience of hundreds of millions at The Quinta Vergara arena, in Viña Del Mar, Chile.
Tom resides in New York and Los Angeles.