While still at school, he had his first break: he won a songwriting competition, judged by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and was later offered a place at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, founded by Sir Paul McCartney, which he declined.
His hard work caught the attention of a manager who flew him out to LA – his first time out of Scotland ever – culminating in a label war, yet he understood the heat of success and still didn’t feel quite ready, both mentally and musically, and turned all of it down. He continued to hone his skills by fine-tuning his songwriting and perfecting his live show, performing hundreds of gigs across Europe, eventually touring with acts like Bastille, while immersing himself amongst Scottish hit-makers Lewis Capaldi and Calvin Harris. Now Shields has finally figured out who he is as a songwriter, making music that is true to himself, of which he is proud.
Tommy Atkins is a queer British country music star who has just released his take on Wham’s 1984 hit, Freedom.. Already the single has reached the top 10 in three countries across four different charts: #2 N.Z. iTunes Country, #4 Q32 Chart Canada, #5 U.K. iTunes Country, and #6 LGBTQ Music Chart, garnering critical acclaim and widespread international radio play.
Recorded in Nashville, it follows Atkins chart-topping Cinderella’s Had a Drink”, both of which will feature on Atkin’s debut album out soon.