Tom King may only be 19-years-old, but with his sky-scraping, soul-drenched voice paired with heart-bursting anthems to lost love, the Gen Z-er already looks set to be Britain’s next rising talent. Like his musical heroes – Adele, Florence, Sam Smith – Tom has an ability to transform stark sadness into something far more powerful and rewarding. Emotional clarity courses through Tom’s voice, and his debut EP channels his heartache and sends it skywards, working through his life experiences with a perspective well beyond his 19 years. While he seems new to this, singing and performing – be it as part of a choir, dressed up in his living room, or belting out songs on TikTok – has been his purpose for a lot longer. “I’d like to take my time and get everything just right,” he says of his career aspirations. “I’ve never released a body of work before so it’s exciting for people to be able to get an idea of where I’m coming from musically and lyrically. I want these songs to help empower others”. Just as all great sad-pop should do.

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