Tom Auton is a 16 year old singer/songwriter from Cardiff and is without doubt an up and coming star. Not only has he performed for the Queen this year and cheekily declares that himself ‘and Queen Lizzy are now best mates’, he has been supporting the gruffly soulful ‘Jack Savoretti’ and the cheeky duo from Britain’s got talent ‘Bars and Melody’ around the UK, which has helped him to gain experience and become a professional performer.
This young man’s career doesn’t stop there! He has recently won ‘Open Mic UK’in the under 16’s category, and this is a competition which attracts over 9.000 acts every year as it travels across the country. Previous competition judges have included record label A&R from Sony Music, Warner Music Group and Universal Music, as well as national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.
The ‘Future Music Songwriting Competition’ also validated Auton’s talents by being awarded first place. The Future Music songwriting competition has a prestigious panel of music industry judges, offering songwriters the opportunity to have their music heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry, including A&R representatives from the three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music.
It is without doubt that Auton has a desire to succeed in the music business and his passion and love for music is clear from his You Tube account, twitter feed, and and of course facebook. Tom tells us that he started playing the guitar when he was 9 years old, and began singing at the age of 13. Now at the age of 16 Tom says all his ‘spare time is taken up by songwriting and gigging, listening to a wide range of different music to influence his writing.’ Auton expresses his love of famous singer/songwriter ‘My favourite singer is Ed Sheeran, I admire his passion and drive to succeed. Also the fact that he’s ginger…. That’s pretty cool!’
Tom certainly isn’t dazzled by the fame and fortune as he takes his education seriously. Although self-taught in both guitar and piano, his GCSE’s are important. He’s confident that he will be studying music and music technology at A Level, in September! A guy with that much drive only deserves one thing, success… and we at The Cornerstone Sessions certainly think he’s well on the way….
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