Tom Cridland is a singer songwriter, fashion designer, podcaster and entrepreneur.
Tom Cridland is a singer, songwriter and piano player. He was inspired to start making his own music by a childhood obsession with The Beatles and the career of his friend, Nigel Olsson, Elton John's legendary drummer. Like Nigel, Tom started by learning drums by ear. He then started writing songs and got encouraged to sing them himself by Kenji Suzuki of Simply Red. On his first tour, in 2019, he played a gig in all 48 contiguous US states. He had a complete inability to decide on a genre when he started writing songs in 2019, so he prolifically recorded over 100 of them, encompassing many genres: pop, soul, disco and rock n' roll. Inspired by Elton John, Tom switched from drums to playing piano when he writes, records and sings. Tom's music has caught the attention of the legendary Philadelphia band, The Stylistics, who have invited him to open for them on their upcoming UK tour in 2021.
Tom's Greatest Music of All Time podcast features conversations with cultural icons about music, current affairs, culture, lifestyle, entrepreneurship, politics and more. Guests have included Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Chick Corea, Chance the Rapper, Kevin Bacon, Jeffrey Archer, Rose McGowan, Smokey Robinson, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Temptations, Kool & the Gang, The Pointer Sisters, Sir Cliff Richard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Crosby, Pixies, Johnny Marr, The Hollies, Toto, 10cc, Seal, Chris Rea, David Guetta, UB40, Boyz II Men, Don McLean, Gloria Estefan, John Oates, Jon Anderson of Yes, Sean Paul, Tito Jackson of The Jackson 5 and many more.
Tom designs clothing to last longer and be treasured, in direct contrast to the fast fashion philosophy that has become so prevalent in modern culture. His sustainable fashion innovations have taken his brand, founded with just a £6,000 government start-up loan upon his graduation from University, to having customers on every continent, being named a Fortune Cool Company and being included on the Sustainia100. Tom's designs are all backed with a signature 30 Year Guarantee to underline his sustainable ethos, intended to encourage you to buy better quality garments and hold onto them.
Disclaimer: Tom Cridland wrote this bio himself because no-one else takes him seriously enough to do it for him. A more comprehensive account of his life so far would have encompassed more detail on his many years of binge drinking in karaoke bars.