Cast YOUR vote to get this Wimbish singer-songwriter to Christmas Number One!
PUBLISHED: 19:21 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:08 12 December 2014
Copyright © 2014 Jonathan Watts
A Wimbish teenager could top the charts and make Christmas Number 1 – but he needs your vote to make it happen.
Singer-songwriter, Tom Roddis, is just 13 years old, but has already made it to Number 1 on Cambridge Radio 105FM’s Ultimate Unsigned Chart.
The Year Eight student went straight in at the top with his own song, ‘No Apology’, and is now at Number 2 – but wants to make it back up to the top for the Christmas hot spot, which is announced next Wednesday night.
“The song is about an argument, when the other person gets the wrong end of the stick. It’s about having to walk away and not holding a grudge,” Tom said.
The chart consists of five tracks by different, unsigned artists, with a sixth introduced each week, and votes from members of the public ensuring five remain and one artist leaving the charts.
“It was quite weird hearing my song on the radio,” said Tom, who attends the Perse School in Cambridge.
“I would really like to be number one – it would be pretty cool over Christmas.”
Tom, who has a ten-year-old brother, Will, started playing the guitar when he was about nine. After he was invited to play at the Grand Arcade in Cambridge, there was “a domino effect”, he told the Reporter.
“I started to go busking in Cambridge, and entered into a busking competition, where strangers voted for their favourite singer.
“I won that, and then performed at Cambridge’s Big Weekend, supporting Hot Chocolate,” he said.
Tom enjoys music from Ed Sheeran, The Script and Passenger, but increasingly writes his own songs.
“I just play around with some chords, get the melody, then add the lyrics. The chords I find reasonably easy – the lyrics come a bit less naturally to me.”
Despite his young age, Tom has played a number of gigs in the last year, including performances at the NMG awards in October this year, and has also played at Strawberry Fair and the Cambridge Corn Exchange, with a gig at the Cambridge Junction Fiver night on January 30.
He may be the next big thing, but Tom doesn’t want to be just any star.
“I don’t want to be like the new Justin Bieber, I’d like to be a bit more understated,” he said.
Cambridge 105 is the community-owned radio station for the city of Cambridge, a not-for-profit organisation which is run by volunteers.
To vote for Tom and his song No Apology, go to cambridge105.fm/unsignedchart. You can hear the song and find out more about Tom on facebook.com/TomRoddisMusic. Tune in to hear the Christmas no 1 on Cambridge 105’s The Unsigned Chart next Wednesday, at 8pm.