It’s official. Bedford’s Tom Grennan has just found out he has secured his first number one album and we couldn’t be prouder.
“My Bedford people, thank you SO much for making a Bedford boy’s dream come true, this is not just for me… this is for all of us! I love you all, I can’t wait to see you all at Esquires, he’s bringing it HOME!”
His album, Evering Road, was released last week and has gone straight to number one, with more a little bit of help from his home-town fans.
Earlier this week, Tom announced six sell-out shows at Bedford Esquires, the live music venue where he first performed.
Sales of ticket and album bundles contributed to pushing the record to the top of the chart, after 1,800 people snapped up the chance to see Tom perform at the intimate gigs.
Interviewed earlier this week for The Record Club, Tom described what it will mean to play the new album live in his hometown.
“I can’t wait to be back in venues, and small venues that have really struggled [during the pandemic], like Esquires,” said Tom.
“It’s going to be very, very special and I’ve got a good friend called Adam who is in a band called The Scruff and he’s supporting me, so I’m keeping it hometown.
“I want to make Bedford proud. And this album is so, so special to me and I hope that people in Bedford love it as much as I do.
“Going back to Esquires is going to be amazing; I love that venue.”
Commenting on the news, Esquires’ owner, Gareth Barber, said: “The boy did us proud, a number 1 album is an incredible achievement and everyone at the venue is so made up for Tom, his family and his team.
“You could see from his really early shows that he was a special talent and he’s more than fulfilled that early promise and can’t wait to see how far he goes.
“The array of gifted creatives that this little town produces is something we should all collectively shout about, it’s pretty astounding when you compare it to other, larger towns in the vicinity.
“I hope Tom’s accomplishments further inspire our local talent that anything is possible.
“Well done, Tom – we can’t wait for these hometown shows.”
Evering Road is Tom’s second album. His debut, Lighting Matches, reached number five in 2018.