Tom Cridland is a singer songwriter, fashion designer, podcaster and entrepreneur.
Tom Cridland is a singer, songwriter and piano player. He was encouraged to make 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 began writing songs and got encouraged to sing them himself by Kenji Suzuki of Simply Red. When he started writing songs in 2019 he prolifically recorded over 100 of them and then played a gig all 48 contiguous US states. Tom's original music 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. Inspired by Elton John, Tom switched from drums to playing piano. Tom celebrates his love of the Rocket Man's music and wearing sunglasses indoors with "Tom Cridland's Elton John Band", an Elton covers act - available to play parties, corporate events, arenas, stadiums, dive bars, weddings and funerals.
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, Dionne Warwick, Chick Corea, Chance the Rapper, Smokey Robinson, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Temptations, Kevin Bacon, Christina Hendricks, Rose McGowan, Rachel Bilson, 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, Counting Crows 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.