It was during the cold, short days at the start of 2006 that Sandi Thom had her Eureka! moment. Instead of driving to gigs up and down the country with her, she bought a webcam, and announced a run of 21 shows to be performed on consecutive nights during February and March in the basement of her flat in Tooting, South London.
The audience capacity in the flat itself was limited to just six people. But the half-hour shows were to be broadcast, free of charge, via her website at www.sandithom.com. The first night, 70 people tuned in to watch, the next night it went up to 670. And by the middle of the second week she was performing to a peak audience of 70,000.
The suits from every major record label had visited the flat to see the show for themselves. What they heard was a singer with a sensational voice – strong and expressive enough to fill the largest theatres, but also warm and soulful enough to win over hearts and minds in the most intimate of settings.
In 2006 Sandi Thom’s infamous debut single “I wish I was a puck rocker” topped the charts in seven countries with the ensuing album “Smile..It Confuses People” shifting nearly two million copies to date, worldwide.
Thom’s new album “Merchants & Thieves” was released in May, topping the UK iTunes Blues chart No 5 in the respective US chart. The album showcases a new sound from Sandi Thom, bringing to light her passion for the Blues.
“Merchant & Thieves” an album that brilliantly reflects how she’s opened up a whole new channel for her creativity. Retaining her innate feeling for a powerful melody and a trenchant lyric, the record adds the new blues sensibility that visitors to her famously powerful gig shave sensed.