Powerful English pop/rock vocalist, songwriter and acoustic guitarist now based in New York, with a husky voice comparable to Rod Stewart. A seasoned, versatile musician who has worked closely with some of the world's most respected songwriters, with records played on UK and US national radio.
I'm an English vocalist and guitarist who has been working as a professional musician for the last 14 years. Over this period I have honed my voice into a powerful and strong soulful rock and pop vocal, and my records have been played on UK and US national radio. My back catalogue of songs are licensed and played around the world each day and I have worked with some of the world's most respected songwriters, including Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Van Dyke Parks (Beach Boys). My vocal style is often compared to great English blue-eyed soul singers such as Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer and Paul Weller.
I am looking for clients to lend my recognizable vocal style too, and create songs that jump out from the speakers. I believe in steering away from cliches and false emotion, and delivering something that is truthful and stirring.
Having played thousands of gigs over the past 14 years, mainly solo acoustic, my rhythm guitar skills are strong and I'm always thrilled to put those skills to work on making songs sound fuller and more beautiful.
I also co-produce, and can take your song from a phone demo to a fully releasable pop/rock track bursting with life using session musicians who have played with David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Tom Jones. Happy to discuss this in more detail with you.
I'd love to hear from you if you want to make your record really stand out.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
4 ReviewsEndorse Tom Wardle
Tom is incredibly talented and dedicated to his work. He went above and beyond, keeping me in the loop the entire time and made it a truly collaborative process. Highly recommend working with him!
Oh Tom, how talented you are my friend.
Tom is someone that will re-record something 152 times if it's not just what he wants.
He and I have differing styles, but that's just one of the things that makes it fun to work with him. He'll lend another perspective to other's music and welcome new ideas to his own.
It's possible he'll pick up a guitar and jam at anytime and any place; That's one of the many wonderful things about him.
I've worked with Tom quite a bit and hope to more in the future!
I had the pleasure of helping Tom realize his exquisite musical vision on his latest project, The Jacqueline EP. He is a brilliant writer, singer and musician. We then co-produced Alexandra Rae together, and I witnessed, firsthand, how easily and affectively he can take someone's music to the next level and beyond. He also happens to be a funny, warm and gracious human being. If you're looking for real musicianship and vision, you're on the right page.
Fantastic guitar player/singer and all around great person to work with. Highly recommend.
Interview with Tom Wardle
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Gibson acoustic, a nice mic, Bose headphones and a tambourine.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: MacBook Pro, Logic Pro X, Apogee Duet and a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've just released two EPs - one of my own "Jacqueline" , and one which I've co-written and co-produced for an Los Angeles based singer called Alexandra Rae called "Power To Me". Both are available to listen to on Apple Music/Spotify etc.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer songwriter pop, rock, soul music.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Co-producing my new record alongside Brian Wilson producer Scott Bennett and having my production ideas respected and come to life for the first time. It reinforced that my production and pop instincts are there and are worth listening to. It's been fantastic to learn from him, and to also see him take my ideas on board was a real thrill.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Indeed, my friend Scott Bennett, Brian Wilson collaborator/co-writer. His attention to detail is exceptional and is only matched by his talent, which is why he was worked with one of the world's greatest. I've been lucky enough to be his production partner this past year.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will deliver something you are very happy with and that I will not send you something I wouldn't be happy to put my name to.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating something great that didn't exist before.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a three minute song takes three minutes to record!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What would you like to do with the track once it's complete? Who did you imagine singing the track when you were writing it?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It's always great to have a few reference tracks in mind to get across the result you're after. It's great to note what aspects you love so that I can take them into consideration. It's also vital that you have an open mind as a track is never finished...until it's finished!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing live for a living since I was 18 years old, serving my apprenticeships in the bars and clubs of Nottingham, England, before eventually moving to London, and then over to Los Angeles, all over a 12 year period. During that time I've averaged about two hundred gigs per years, honing my rhythm guitar skills and making my vocals what they are today. During that time I've also been writing and releasing EPs and playing session guitar.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm essentially a rock crooner, if such a thing can exist.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout. His songs are so beautifully written and yet so many are unrecorded and unreleased. I would love to help bring them out into the public.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When recording acoustic guitars I always record one in the usual key/fingering, and then capo it higher up the neck and transpose it so that I'm playing the same chords but in different phrasings. I'll pan these in left and right and they just give a glorious and full acoustic sound. Works all the time.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a powerful vocal with great range, and it's useful to adapt to the different style of tracks I get to record on.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A strong and identifiable vocal that aims to steer away from cliches, plus solid and flowing acoustic rhythm guitar that adds to the percussive aspect of the track.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If it's singing to pre-existing melodies and lyrics, then its a case of committing the song to memory long before attempting the song. Once it's in there it makes performing it a lot easier. I'll usually do about six takes, and the last two will always be the ones I use.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In terms of vocalists, anyone that delivers a vocal that is believable is what I aspire to.For me Chris Stapleton is the top of heap out there at the moment.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm often asked to put my vocals on tracks, as they are strong and recognizable. I am often trusted to create my own melodies and top lines with lyrics given to me, and also to work pre-existing melody ideas into something that fits my way of singing.