English singer-songwriter ‘Tom Odell’ is our #AOTW


Thomas Peter Odell (born 24 November 1990) is an English singer-songwriter born in Chichester, West Sussex, England, to an airline pilot father and a primary school teacher mother. He has an older sister. He spent part of his childhood in New Zealand because of his father’s job. He was educated at Seaford College. Throughout his school years, Odell wrote songs in a band that had trouble maintaining to be the lead singer which later inspired him to start singing the songs he wrote, and Odell says he “sang the songs how he wanted them to sound” rather than worrying about someone else not bringing his vision to life.

At the age of 18, Odell abandoned plans to attend the University of York, and attempted to gain a place at a music college in Liverpool. A year later, he moved back to Chichester after being made redundant from his job as a barman. Using his grandmother’s car, he travelled regularly to London to play shows and to put advertisements in music schools. He studied at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in Brighton playing as part of the band Tom & the Tides before moving to London where he decided to become a solo artist because he “didn’t want to have to rely on people”.

He was discovered by the label head Lily Allen, who remarked that “his energy onstage reminded me of David Bowie.

Four – Can’t Pretend

“Can’t Pretend” is the first single released by British singer-songwriter Tom Odell, from his debut studio album, Long Way Down (2013). The song was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download on 6 March 2013 and peaked at number 67 on the UK Singles Chart. It garnered over 29M views on its official video on YouTube. It was used in the trailer “Desert” of the second season of The Newsroom, as well as The Blacklist episode “Milton Bobbit”, Crisis episode “Found” and The 100 episode “Earth Skills”. Used on America’s Got Talent.

Three – Wrong Crowd

“Wrong Crowd” is a song by British singer-songwriter Tom Odell and the first single from his second studio album of the same name. It was released digitally on 4 April 2016. It garnered over 6.2M views on its official music video on YouTube. Odell had previously debuted the song live at a show in Cologne, Germany in 2015, but did not formally announce its title until early 2016, when he teased the release of the single through social media.


  • Songs from Another Love (2012).
  • Wrong Crowd (2016)
  • Jubilee Road  (2021)
  • Monsters (2021)
  • Best Day of My Life (2022)

Two – Best Day of My Life

“Best Day of My Life” is a song by British singer-songwriter Tom Odell which is his first single release as an independent artist after ending his deal with Columbia Records. The song is from his fifth studio album of the same name. The song has garnered over 812k views on its official video on YouTube. It was released on the on 28 October 2022. Tom Odell co-wrote and co-produced the song alongside Laurie Blundell.


  • He was named the BRITs’ Critics’ Choice Award winner in 2013
  • He won Songwriter of the Year at Ivor Novello Awards in 2014.

One – Another love

“Another Love” was released in October 2012 as his debut single and lifted from his debut extended play, Songs from Another Love (2012). It has garnered over 563M views on its official music video on YouTube. In 2013, the song peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart; the song also charted in Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands. It became Odell’s first top 10 hit in the UK after it was placed at number 10 in the single chart on 29 June 2013. In 2022, the song re-appeared on the charts across Europe and Australia after becoming popular on TikTok. In August 2022, the song amassed 1 billion streams on Spotify. “Another Love” was used by the BBC to advertise their 2013 schedule.