A British singer/songwriter with a keen sense for both atmosphere and melody, Tom Odell's piano-led odes to heartache and pain are emotional, raw, and often hushed affairs that evoke names like Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley. His acclaimed 2012 debut EP earned him a BRITs Critics' Choice award, and his first full-length outing, 2013's Long Way Down, reached number one on the U.K. albums chart. Uneasy with the idea of fame, Odell recorded his next two releases in New York and Los Angeles before returning home to London for 2018's intimate Jubilee Road, and 2021's dark, electro-pop-leaning monsters.
Born in the West Sussex town of Chichester, England, Odell spent his formative years studying at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. In 2012, after landing a record deal with Columbia Records, the then-21-year-old released his debut EP, Songs from Another Love, made his television debut on Later... with Jools Holland, and was nominated for and won the Critics' Choice category of that year's BRIT Awards. He released his first full-length studio effort, Long Way Down, in 2013. The platinum-selling album was a huge success, having gone straight in at number one on the U.K. charts, and Odell spent the following couple of years touring the material relentlessly, supporting huge names such as Elton John, Billy Joel, and the Rolling Stones along the way.