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Tom Odell

About Tom Odell

Chichester-born musician Tom Odell caught the songwriting bug early - he's been penning original material since the age of 13. Now 22, Odell has built up a sizeable fanbase, making his TV debut in 2012 on Later… with Jools Holland.

As one of the three artists contending for the Brit Awards' Critics' Choice Category for 2013, it's clear that Odell is already making the right moves in front of the tastemakers that matter. Signed to Columbia, he's drawn attractive comparisons to the late Jeff Buckley; but his man-at-piano posture is also evocative of Chris Martin shorn of Coldplay's rousing roar.

Odell's material to date has veered from strikingly stripped-back troubadour tales to songs that are more work-in-progress than finished product. But given this is a man who signed a deal after just four gigs, a little room for growth is to be expected - as is a considerable blossoming of his popularity.

LMFM Says: 
Tom Odell is a bit of a mysterious character, not in the same sense as James Bond or Austin Powers, but that he just seems to have sprung up out of the abyss. This is by no way a bad thing, as with his quick ascension has come his beautiful music and his crowning as Brits Critics Choice for 2013. He has made his television debut on Later With Jools Holland this year and is ready for big big things in 2013. Watch this space.

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