Signed to a British independent label, Thom recorded and released her debut, "Smile... It Confuses People." within the last year and a half.
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair / when record shops were on top / and vinyl was all that they stocked / and the super info highway was still drifting out in space
These are funny words, coming from 24-year-old Scottish singer/songwriter Sandi Thom, whose recent fame and success has grown from digital downloads, concert webcasts and MySpace. The lyrics are taken from her first single, "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker," which overtook Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart nearly three weeks ago.
"I had no idea that that would be the big hit. It's hard to gauge what anybody will be really into, but the reaction has been brilliant," Thom tells Billboard.com. "People respond to nostalgia and I'm romanticizing it a bit."
Signed to a British independent label, Thom recorded and released her debut, "Smile... It Confuses People." within the last year and a half. After experiencing the havoc that sometime plagues touring, Thom decided to webcast a number of concerts from her South London flat. In the first five minutes of her performance, 70 people tuned in. By the end of the series, over 70,000 users had joined the party.
Thanks to word-of-mouth and the heavy Internet publicity campaign, Thom signed a five-album contract to the RCA label group in the United Kingdom and will release "Smile..." Sept. 12 in North America via Columbia. She just kicked off a short tour of the United States that will lead her to both coasts through July and has already begun writing songs for her next set.
"I've been writing songs since I was 12 so some of them have been around for a long time," she says. "This first album has really set the tone for what's to come. Now, I feel more solid."