Tom’s EP, Sound Of Heaven features a fresh-wave of EDM-inspired worship, released independently in July 2016 following a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Produced by Martin Smith (Delirious?, Army of Bones) and Jonny Bird, and mixed by noted engineer Sam Gibson (Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Rend Collective).
ON A JOURNEY
Having recently taken over the reigns as worship pastor at Soul Survivor, playing to 40,000 people young people (age 12-18) every summer could seem a far cry from growing up in the sleepy south coast town of Littlehampton, UK. However, as the home church of Delirious?, Tom was no stranger to song writing and the power of music- leading worship even from the tender age of 13. Having spent formative years there, Tom took a position under Tim Hughes at HTB- “I’ve known and worked with Tom for over eight years,” shares Hughes, best-known for his song “Here I Am To Worship” and heading up Worship Central– “He is one of the kindest, most servant-hearted and passionate people I know. [His] songs burst with life and heart; songs to be screamed out at festivals and blasted through stereos. This is just the start for Tom.”
“Serving our London community and church with Tim was the best training and inspiration any youngster like me could have hoped for,” says Tom. “There is such a need for new and fresh worship songs for the younger generation. I hope and pray these songs will encourage and challenge anyone who listens to get more in the zone with God and see what happens when they give their lives and hand over all their needs to Him.”
Tom Smith now resides in Watford (London, UK) with his wife, Susi. Tom’s previous songs include cowriting “Let It Be Known” and “Awesome Is He”.
SOUND OF HEAVEN – EP
In addition to Hughes’ influence, Martin Smith met with Tom early in the process of recording the new EP. “He sat me down and really wanted to push me in my songwriting and to dig down deep to the things God has placed on my heart. To be bold about it,” says Tom. “This was a game changer for me. While writing these new songs, I wanted them to bring a fresh message, but also reflect the heartbeat of God and be listening to what He was wanting to say.”
“Tom worships with his life as well as his songs,” adds Mike Pilavachi, senior pastor of Soul Survivor. “The songs are good – very good. I love the songs, but even more, I love that for Tom, it is more than about the songs. Tom is a creative, authentic and humble guy.”
“A smashing set of songs, born to ignite a generation” – Martin Smith
“With a fresh sound and a true heart to see Jesus lifted high in worship, Tom has created something special with Sound Of Heaven.” – Phil Wickham
“A fantastic collection of songs offering youthfulness, vibrancy and creativity. These songs will be a lifeline to many young people who are on their journey of faith.” – Ben Cantelon