Tom Gray (UK)
Tom Gray fell off a piano at the age of 3, leaving a cut above his left eye. Undaunted by this disastrous start, he’s spent his subsequent life committed to music-making. Now with over 25 years of composition behind him, a devotion to making music with character remains. As does the scar. A founding member of Gomez, a band who made a trademark out of their eclecticism, they won the Mercury Prize in 1998 and then went on to become a major live act, for many years, in the USA. Outside of his work with the band, Tom has developed a career as a composer. He recently scored ‘In My Skin’, a comedy-drama, for the BBC and Hulu. He has worked extensively in theatre and is now working on a musical stage adaptation with the Roald Dahl Story Company. Tom, besides starting the #BrokenRecord campaign, is an elected Council Member of PRS For Music. He is a Writer-Artist Advocate for the Featured Artist Coalition, is a proud member of the Musicians’ Union and is a Board Director of The Ivors Academy who represent British songwriters and composers.. He had what he describes as a ‘genuinely misspent youth’ focussed on politics and has spent the last few years using that knowledge and experience to advocate for creators as best he can.