He started busking in the streets when he was sixteen, and now songwriter Tommy McGuire has turned his dreams into a reality as he gets set to release a brand new single ‘Smile’ this Friday.
Talented Tommy has always dreamed of becoming a singer/songwriter and with the music industry currently at a standstill due to the global pandemic, the 24-year-old decided to focus his time on writing and getting his own songs produced.
With lack of work within the live music industry since March, Tommy put his heart and soul into bringing Smile to life – and it certainly does show.
He said: “My single “Smile” is about Optimism and being resilient within yourself when dealing with problems, treating them like they’re water off a ducks back. There’s always a way to think positively about things and smiling can be the first step towards that thought.”
Growing up, Tommy started busking in the streets, gigging in his local pub and even played in a band at the age of 16 but decided to go on as solo act after studying at the Academy of Music and Sound.
The 24-year-old was inspired by other Scots artists such as Paolo Nutini, Kyle Falconer and Gerry Cinnamon.
He said: “I’m a massive fan of Paolo Nutini, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Wonder and Motown and Soul music. I’ve been gigging all throughout the UK for the past 4 or 5 years sharing a bill with such names as Kyle Falconer, Jake Bugg and Gerry Cinnamon.”
The Motherwell lad hopes to get back to gigging in the near future. He said: “In an ideal world get back to gigging, however hopefully to get back into the studio and get some more songs recorded. I’ll also be trying to keep up the practice by live streaming from Facebook.”
‘Smile’ is out on October 30, you can download it here.