May 11, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tom Jones has sustained popularity as a live performer and recording artist for more than five decades. At age 76, he’s garnered some of the best reviews of his career thanks to his most recent albums: Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world unanimously approve and admire Jones for his recorded work and live performance.
Thomas Jones Woodward was born in Pontypridd, South Wales, Great Britain on June 7, 1940 to a father who worked the coal mines of the Rhondda Valley. After quitting school at 15, working a variety of manual jobs, singing in the clubs at night and marrying at 17, Jones went on to sign with Decca Records in London. His musical career is stronger than ever 50 years later.
Although Tom Jones mqy be best-known for hits’ like It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and If I Only Knew, Tom Jones is first and foremost an artist with a true rhythm and blues soul. His 1999 album Reload was the biggest selling of his then 35-year career. Jones was a key player in Martin Scorsese’s Red White & Blues series, and in 2004 he released an album of roots rock n roll with Jools Holland.
By 2008, 24 Hours. became a critical highlight. For Jones’ 39th studio album, Praise & Blame, he decidedly went back to basics and recorded wholly live performances at Peter Gabriel’s studio in Bath, England with producer Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne). The result witnessed a singer at the top of his game, with the songs themselves coaxing exhilarating performances out of Jones and his band. In May 2012 he released Spirit In The Room, showcasing unvarnished vocals, raw and soulful tracks. By 2015, Jones released his first ever autobiography, titled Over The Top And Back (Penguin Books), and the book’s companion soundtrack, Long Lost Suitcase (VirginEMI/Caroline).
Tom Jones has been a coach on the UK version of The Voice, and had his likeness animated in The Simpsons, Duck Dodgers, The Emperor’s New Groove. Film roles included Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks and a 2012 acting role alongside Brenda Blethyn in Playhouse Presents: King of The Teds for Sky Arts. In 2015, Jones engaged in a major fund-raising effort for the BBC’s charity Children In Need, headlining a 2-hour television event. The same year he was invited to perform at the 25th Anniversary of MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute and the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Sir Tom Jones was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006, an honor he deeply cherishes. Other highlights of his long career include receiving a BRIT Awards for Best Male and Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Hitmaker Award from the [US] Songwriters Hall of Fame, GQ Man of the Year, and the prestigious [UK] Music Industry Trust Award.
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