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  • Sam Tompkins Announces Debut Album “hi, my name is insecure.”, Premieres New Song “phones in heaven” on BBC Radio 1

  • British singer-songwriter Sam Tompkins has announced that his highly-anticipated debut album “hi, my name is insecure.” will be released on May 24, 2024 via via Republic Records.

    The album comprises a 16-track, produced by Sam Tompkins, Danny Casio, RISC, Couros, Sillkey, Mark West, and Andrew Wells.
    Sam Tompkins said of the album, “I have gone through so much to be here especially recently and it’s finally happening. I’ve put my heart and soul into every single piece of this album from the writing, to the production, to the artwork, mixing, mastering, Everything. I’m so grateful for all the amazing support that has facilitated this dream that I’ve had since I was just a child. thank you to every single one of you who made this happen for me by sticking by me throughout the years from busking on the street, to playing music on stages I could only dream of being on. thank you to my family, my friends and my team for putting all their faith in me over the years and a special thank you to my dad. I so wish he could’ve seen this, but i’m so glad he got to see what he did. Hope I’m doing him proud up there.”
  • From the album, he premiered a new song “phones in heaven” on BBC Radio 1's Future Pop with Mollie King.
    The track was written by Pablo Bowman, Danny Casio, and Sam Tompkins. Produced by Danny Casio and Sam Tompkins.
    Sam Tompkins said of the song, “When I originally wrote 'phones in heaven,' my real intention was to write a song for young people, especially men who have lost a friend early. As I’ve got older and meet more people, most people I know have at some point lost someone they loved prematurely through illness, suicide or other things; myself included.”
    He continued, “It’s coming from a place where you want to enjoy your life and move forward, but in a lot of cases because you didn’t get closure, you feel as though you can’t. You honestly think maybe just one call from that person would give you peace, but sadly life doesn’t always work like that. When I lost my dad to suicide in November of last year, this song felt even more powerful to me, so it felt like the most fitting way to come into 2024. To show others that they are not alone in their struggles and that we can all get through these things if we just open up conversation.”

  • The accompanying music video was directed by Jack Lightfoot.
    Sam Tompkins said of the video, “I made a music video for phones in heaven and I wanted to quickly talk about it if that’s okay. This video means more to me than pretty much any piece of art I have ever made. When I wrote phones in heaven, I wanted it to be directed at people who have lost a loved one suddenly to suicide. I honestly don’t know many friendship groups compiled of men especially, who haven’t lost someone they know to it. I lost a friend of mine years back and it’s plagued me ever since, so I wanted this song to comfort people who have felt and still feel that sort of grief. That type of grief that stays open. The questions... the what ifs, the could I have’s, maybe even the 'should I join them?' type ones. It’s a mortifying feeling and so confusing. So, when my own dad, my hero decided to take his own life in November, my life instantly felt like it was falling apart all over again, but in a far worse way. I wondered what I would do without him. How I’d continue on in life for such a long time knowing he wasn’t gonna be there to see any of it. All I wanted was a sign. Just any sign that he’s fine. That’s what this song is about and what the video is about. Thank you to my wonderful and supportive partner, Lily for helping me set the scene with the initial location concept and the whole Blind Eye Production team of who made that idea come to life. This video is out now and so is the song, so please give it a watch and share it with people who need that extra bit of support in a tricky time. There is signs out there, you just have to be patient enough to wait for them. I can thankfully say I have had my own now. Lastly, if you feel like you’re struggling please reach out to friends, family, anybody. We all want you here and love you so much. Hope you enjoy the video.”

    Photo by Mitch Peryer
  • source : BBC Radio 1
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