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Here's Everything You Need to Know About Tom Ball's Record Deal
The unassuming schoolteacher Tom Ball made his mark by climbing the ranks on Britain's Got Talent before making his way to this side of the pond for AGT: All Stars.
Since becoming a finalist in the AGT spinoff and making his mark in Season 15 of Britain’s Got Talent, the otherwise-quiet schoolteacher is releasing his debut album, Curtain Call, available later this year.
Who Is Tom Ball? Success in the Got Talent Universe, Explained
Tom Ball hit the ground running when first auditioning on BGT in the spring of 2022 for Judges, including AGT’s own Simon Cowell. The then-23-year-old singer from West Sussex, England blew the panel away with his rendition of Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall.”
BGT Judge and T.V. personality Amanda Holden called him “one of the best singers the show had seen in 16 years,” helping Ball move up in the competition, eventually placing third overall.
Hoping for “a second chance” to win, Ball traveled to America to audition with AGT: All-Stars, earning the Group Golden Buzzer from Judges Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and AGT Host Terry Crews for his version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.”
Cowell said he believed, had Ball chosen that song for his BGT finals, he could have won the competition.
Ball climbed the ranks of AGT: All-Stars, coming in 11th place.
Does Tom Ball Have a Record Deal?
On May 26, 2023, less than three months after the AGT: All-Stars Season 1 finale, Westway Music announced they were “thrilled” to have Ball join their family, noting, “Tom has an exciting year ahead.”
On June 16, Ball announced news of his upcoming debut album, Curtain Call, as well as the single "I (Who Have Nothing)." Ball previously sang the “heart-wrenching” Tom Jones cover — initially released in 1963 — during his AGT: All-Stars finals performance.
“Tom’s debut album will celebrate the songs of stage and screen and will showcase Tom’s extraordinary vocal capabilities,” according to Westway’s website. “The album will include some newly composed songs, as well as favourites including ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow,’ ‘Live and Let Die,’ ‘Feeling Good,’ and ‘Bring Him Home.’”
The London-based label has only been around since 2020 but boasts a talented musical clientele, including actors Samantha Barks and Ramin Karimloo, performing across London’s West End and Broadway. The company aims to “allow our artists the opportunity to make the music they love and to create something they are truly proud of.”
About Tom Ball’s Curtain Call
Ball’s debut album, Curtain Call, is slated to be released in November 2023 and is now available for pre-order. The freshman album includes energizing covers fans might already be familiar with, including “Sound of Silence” and Radiohead’s “Creep,” for which Ball gave an “incredible” performance during his time on AGT: All-Stars.
“What an incredible year this has been!” Ball said in a June 16 Instagram post. “Everything I’ve been building towards over this last year is finally happening, and none of it would be possible without you.”
On top of “I (Who Have Nothing),” according to Westway, Curtain Call also includes “a hit for Shirley Bassey in 1963” and one by “Tom Jones in 1970.”
On top of Curtain Call, Ball is keeping busy on tour, according to the singer’s website. His next stop on July 20, 2023, will be at the Concorde Club in Eastleigh, one of England’s premier jazz clubs. Another stop in September will take him to the Bembridge Coast on England's Isle of Wight.
He plans to take his music on tour will continue throughout the year.
“This year, November and December, I will be a special guest for The Overtones on their biggest-ever U.K. tour,” Ball announced. “Twenty-seven dates, up and down the country, and I’m so excited to see you there!”
The Overtones are a U.K.-based men’s doo-wop quartet, once serving as the house band for ITV’s spinoff Britain’s Got More Talent.