Ex-busker beats Dolly Parton in charts and stars with Tom Cruise

Singer songwriter Tom Cary has the pandemic to thank for refocusing his career on what he loves most and now he’s off to the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Truro singer has been covering hits by Canadian star Michael Bublé for many years, but by his own admission, while he enjoyed it, it was a way to pay his bills.

“Before the lockdown I covered Michael Bublé for three years,” the 34-year-old said. “That’s what I became known for. It was a lot more commercial but my real love is country music. My dad used to take me to listen to country singers in Bath when I was a kid and I loved it. I remember seeing Nancy Griffiths or Bonnie Raitt.

“Her presence on stage was amazing. I thought then this is what I want to do. My dad bought me my first guitar when I was nine and now people tell me they’ve never seen me without one.”

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When the first lockdown hit in March 2020, Tom found himself without any gig work and no festival to sing at, so he went online instead.

“I love performing live in front of an audience,” Tom said. “When the first lockdown was announced, I did a Facebook Live performance for people for free. I had never done online performances like this before and I ended up doing a show every day, seven days a week for the duration of the lockdown.

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“It was a way to keep busy and to perform. For me performing in front of an audience is what I do. It’s what I love most.”

While it was an opportunity for Tom to keep performing and connect with his audience and showcase some of his own material, it took its toll, so by the end of the lockdown he had scaled down his performances and was concentrating fully on writing country songs and music, albeit with a Cornish twist.

He released a full album of 13 tracks – called Smile – last year and is now releasing one new song every two or three months with a view to have another album ready before the end of the summer.

Not only is he now planning to record new material with country music great Chris Andreucci in the birthplace of the genre in Nashville in September, but one of his tunes – Something In the Whiskey – bumped country legend Dolly Parton off the top spot in the iTunes Country Music Chart just before Christmas and stayed at number one for days.

“I still don’t know how it got there and why it stayed up there for so long but that was amazing,” he said. “This song is about that moment of stillness in your life when you are happy, like having your friends and loved ones around a campfire. It’s about that fleeting but beautiful moment in time. It’s a very uplifting song which I guess resonated with people.”



Truro singer and song writer Tom Cary who used to be a Michael Buble cover singer but is now off to Nashville Tennessee to record with some of the country music greats in September 2022

Tom released the song on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and other platforms, something he will do again with his up and coming single, Man I’ve Become, which will be released on February 12, on the day he returns to performing live again, at the Old Bakery Studio in Truro.

“I can’t wait to be on that stage once more,” Tom, a keen surfer who passed his beach lifeguard skills qualification last year with the RNLI at Portreath because he wanted to learn more about sea safety, added.

“Man I’ve Become is about taking a moment to look back on my own journey. I started out by busking in Truro next to the homeless people. They were my friends. I was struggling, I would be counting pennies to get a cup of coffee so I could come inside and stay warm. Sometimes you don’t realise how far you’ve come and it’s great to step back. I’m proud of my journey. This song is about that.”

About flying out to Tennessee later this year to record new music with one of the biggest country songwriters around, Tom added: “Thinking about it gives me tingles. It’s like getting your first barrel surfing. I have always wanted to be a country singer and musician. To be in Nashville where it all began is just incredible.”

Not only was last year big for Tom on the music front, but, of all things, he also shared a scene with Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise in the forthcoming Mission: Impossible 7 which he nearly turned down because he thought it was a scam.

“I received this email from a casting agency I had forgotten I had signed up with asking me to come to Birmingham to be in a scene on this blockbuster. They couldn’t say what it was or who it was with. I thought it was a scam and binned all the emails until they called me and really insisted that I wouldn’t regret it if I went.

“So I travelled to Birmingham and suddenly I’m in the wings with all the stuff I bought for a scene. I thought I was just going to be a blip in the background – you know an extra. The casting director comes over and they tell me that instead I’m going to be cast as a CIA agent chasing Tom Cruise through the airport and scuffling with him. I think we must have done 30 takes.

“Tom Cruise is such a perfectionist and as he does all his own stunts, he is extremely particular. There were very long days but what an experience. I still can’t believe I shared a scene with Tom Cruise. Now let’s see if I make the cut.”

For more information about Tom’s show at the Old Bakery Studio visit www.oldbakerystudios.co.uk/upcoming-events/tomcary

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Ex-busker beats Dolly Parton in charts and stars with Tom Cruise

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