Tom Howie

Tom Howie

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

If Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, and Chris Martin of Coldplay could somehow find a way to have a kid together, Tom Howie would be the kid.

Biography

Tom Howie’s talent lies in his ability to weigh the ups and downs of what is really meaningful in ways that awaken us to our own reality. He confronts his confusion and ours while instilling in us a message of hope. Audiences respond with quiet knowing when he sings about a world he doesn’t completely understand or agree with.

The 21 year-old Canadian is currently a scholarship student at the Berklee College of Music. Despite his age he has already had a production deal with acclaimed singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan (with Sarah on several of the tracks he released an EP entitled Song is the Lifeblood), he has been courted by major labels, and has toured throughout Western Canada.

“I was having all these incredible experiences. I was recording with the pros, opportunity was on my doorstep, and everything was great, but it just didn’t feel right,” Tom says when asked about the experiences. “At the end of the day, you have to be 100% creatively behind what you are doing or else no one is going to believe you. I was creatively confused and lost and my heart just wasn’t in it. It just didn’t feel right.”

What did feel right was to apply to Berklee.

“I didn’t really think I’d get in, or go, or do it at all, as I’ve always kind of hated the musical establishment of lessons and classrooms. I had never really considered that that world would accept me, but it was the one place that seemed to have an edge, and a great reputation.” says Tom.

Not only was he accepted, he received a songwriting scholarship to attend.

What does feel right right now is the way audiences are responding to his music. He is filling venues with his haunting melodies and lyrics and more importantly, connecting with audiences in ways he never imagined.

“I’m just writing songs that capture my reality, and the more I do it, the more I realize that everyone else is going through the exact same things I am.”

This ability to connect has fueled a huge support group at Berklee. Together with help from his fellow students, he has begun recording songs for a new EP to be released this spring, and his calendar is filling up with new touring dates as well.

Discography

The Right and Wrong of Everything (EP) - 2010

The Chester Sessions (EP) - 2009

Set List

Originals:

Blind is Better
Stepping Stones
Your Sweet Love
Another Kind of Foolishness
Take It All Away
What You Said
My Voice is Gone
All That You Need

Covers:

Something - The Beatles
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Karma Police - Radiohead
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
The Scientist - Coldplay
Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell