Tom Odell earns dual BRIT Awards noms, Billy Joel opener

Tom Odell whose debut album, Long Way Down entered the U.K. Albums chart at No. 1, has just been nominated for two BRIT Awards, in the categories of “British Male Solo Artist” and “British Breakthrough Act.” Odell was the recipient of the 2013 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award and recently received a Q Magazine nomination for Best New Act.

Odell, who was MTV’s “Artist To Watch” during the month of December, just kicked off a handful of opening slots for Billy Joel in the US, including two nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and will also be performing at Coachella.

“Passionate…cerebral” is how Clash describes Odell. Q Magazine praised his “startlingly immediate love and loss songs,” noting that he “sings like his lungs are so deep you could cave dive into them.” Time Out London hailed Long Way Down as “accomplished…an album of earworm pop songs with profound undertones” and the Daily Telegraph observed, “[The] 22-year-old from Chichester has poured all the reckless romance and intense sincerity of youth into a record full of walloping big tunes, most of which deserve to be singles.”

“‘Another Love’ may be the track of the year,” said MOJO in a four-star album review while London’s Sunday Timeshailed itas “genuinely chilling.” The song, which is Odell’s first U.S. single,debuted in the Top 10 in the U.K. and is already certified Gold across Europe. His videos for “Another Love” have racked up more than ten million views combined. He made his US television network debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and recently performed the track on Conan. Odell recently performed “Hold Me” from his critically-acclaimed debut album Long Way Down on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe just nominated “Hold Me” for the “Hottest Record of 2013.”

Tour Dates:

1/7 – BB&T Center – Sunrise, Florida
1/11 – BB&T Center – Sunrise, Florida
1/17 – Tampa Bay Times – Tampa, Florida
1/22 – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Florida
1/27 – MSG – New York, New York
2/3 – MSG – New York, New York

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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