Tom Chaplin follows the success of his acclaimed solo album ‘The Wave’ (which debuted at #3 in the UK Album Chart) with a glorious new disc ‘Twelve Tales of Christmas’. This stunning collection features 8 original songs and 4 beautifully re-imagined Christmas classics.
“The four covers I chose are personal favourites and all very distinct from one another,” Tom reflects. “I found Christmas a great source of inspiration for writing my own songs. There’s a bittersweet quality to this time of year that made me want to explore the themes of love, lost love and remembering those we have lost.”
Produced by David Kosten and recorded at Abbey Road, Muttley Ranch and Snap Studios, the album includes evocative covers of ‘Walking In The Air’, Joni Mitchell’s classic ‘River’, the Pretenders ‘2000 Miles’ and the immortal E17 ‘Stay Another Day’. “I’ve wanted to work with David for a long time now,” Tom says, “I knew he’d bring a dark beauty to the record, that could easily have fallen into a world of schmaltz.”
Determined to capture the often bittersweet but still magical side of Christmas music, Tom has written some soon to be modern day Christmas classics including ‘We Remember You This Christmas’ and ‘Midnight Mass’.
Tom’s debut, ‘The Wave’, was a huge success both critically and commercially and featured eleven incredibly honest and ultimately uplifting songs written by Tom and produced by Matt Hales (who Tom also collaborated with on new single ‘Under A Million Lights’).
It was the first time Tom has stepped outside of Keane, the anthemic, multi-million selling British band who scored 5 number one albums between 2004 and 2013. The Sunday Times Culture gave it Album Of The Week saying it is “incredibly beautiful and affecting”, The Telegraph, “the most gorgeous, anthemic, uplifting music of Chaplin’s career”, and the Standard, the Sun, Q and Mojo all awarding it 4* in their reviews.
Tom has spent the last twelve months on a world tour introducing The Wave to sold-out audiences across the UK, North America, Europe, Canada and recently ending in Latin America. The summer included supporting Jeff Lynne’s ELO on their stadium tour, as well as playing festivals including Isle of Wight and Tom’s self proclaimed favourite, Glastonbury.
Tom and his band will end 2017 with three unmissable Christmas shows in support of Twelve Tales Of Christmas including a very special performance at the Royal Festival Hall, London.